Through a modestly marked doorway in North Sydney’s Kirribilli, and down a dimly lit stairway on Broughton Street, the one-time home of a nomadic English Botanist has been transformed into a bar and tapas-style restaurant that overflows with an unmistakable earthy charm.
In honour of its former resident, Gerard Fothergrill, a botanical theme has been created with; fresh-cut flowers, leafy green plants hanging from the ceiling, soft amber lighting and tall timber tables. While a tantalising menu of; sliders, pizzas, tacos and share-plates, has been created for the locales modern dweller.
Crunchy corn chips coupled with freshly prepped tomato salsa and guacamole ($10) are perfect for a light-starter. While melt-in-your-mouth crispy duck ($24), char-grilled sirloin with carrot puree and roasted vegetables ($19) and cumin chicken skewers with speck and barley risotto ($18) provide an indescribably delicious selection of main share-plates.
The chill-laxed vibe of the Botanist is ideal for lingering catch-ups with friends. The staff are friendly, the food is delicious and the cocktails are inventive. We recommend the Hawaii Chai-Vo, which features a wicked summer combo of pamper Especial Rum, apricot brandy and pineapple juice. With the foot of the harbour bridge just minutes down the hill, you can end your experience on a refreshing note – with an always-breath-taking harbour-side walk.
17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli
02 9954 4057 http://www.thebotanist.com.au
Monday & Tuesday for Dinner &
Wednesday – Sunday for Lunch & Dinner
Originally published on Madame Sydney