Monday, 6 April 2015

The Botanist - Birmingham

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited by my lovely friend Kitty Kaos to the media launch for a wonderful new place in Birmingham - The Botanist. Located on Temple Street it's really central and super convenient for an evening out or a well deserved break whilst shopping.

I absolutely loved the interior - it was something really unique and created a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. There was a massive attention to detail that was carried through into every aspect with a lovely outdoor seating area complete with log fire.

I'd heard great things about the cocktails so as soon as we arrived I headed straight for the menu. There was lots of choice and looking around at what others were drinking I couldn't wait to order!

My first drink was the 'English Mojito' whilst Kitty Kaos had the 'Blueberry and Passion fruit Martini'. I ordered a Mojito as quite honestly it's my favorite (my husbands fault!) - I've had many so I almost use it as my 'standard to be judged by'. I can quite honestly say it was one of the best. The bar staff took their time to make our drinks with care and attention and it definitely shows.

We were shown to a table in the lovely dining area and had some bread and olives to share whilst we took in the menu and decided what to have. Everything was nice and fresh and came quickly.

Next we had the Camembert with flat breads and fruit. If I was to have one criticism it would be that nothing is marked vegetarian on the menu, however the staff were very friendly and double checked the cheese etc for me. 

My main was the 'Cheese Pie' which came with a choice of mashed potato or chips, mushy peas and HP sauce. The pie was lovely with twist as the garnish was actually pickled.
I would have loved to see a few more vegetarian options on the menu - they had several types of burger on the menu, but not a veggie one. There was a halloumi hanging kebab on the menu but the member of staff that was serving us seemed to think it came with meat.

My desert was a trifle with lovely fruit filling, custard and cream. It was lovely - but massive! There was definately enough for two people here!

My last drink was a 'Bloody Porcini' which was a fantastic twist on the bloody mary cocktail - my other favorite! The bar staff were very helpful with customizing drinks - they made it to a medium heat for me and made sure it didn't contain anything non veggie like Worcestershire sauce (as most bloody marys do). I absolutely loved this one and have to say it was my favorite as the porcini twist really made it for me.

The Botanist opens it's doors on April 6th (Easter Monday) so why not head down and check it out for yourself?