I never heard of The Botanist restaurant before, although I have, of course, heard of Botanical gardens so after doing some research I had some idea of what to expect when the lovely people at The Botanist invited me to their media lunch. Located at the trendy part of the city (14-16 Temple Street) and with opening times from 12 noon - 12am (2 am over the weekend), this is one of the must visit restaurants in the second city. The Botanist's motto is "concept like no other, offering soon to be world-famous selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, champagne and wine. Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ. With live music every night, sublime social times are guaranteed". As I walked up Temple street and found the outside of the restaurant, I was instantly impressed with the beautiful decor outside such as the beautiful outdoor steel, the style and design of the chairs in what I consider to be the al fresco area, the beautiful and diverse plants and the lighting: I could not wait to see what other delights I would find indoors.
I was greeted by further beautiful lighting area and a very impressive bar area. I enjoyed watching the stylish bar tenders mix and make all the gorgeous cocktails I almost forgot to order my cocktail! There is a comprehensive range of cocktails in the cocktail menu, such as the signature The Botanist (which I ordered), Cherry and Sage Sling, Passion Fruit and Basil Crush, The Chocolate Rose, Rose Cosmo and Strawberry Martini. Mmmm, such dazzling and tantalising flavour combinations there, but I chose the Botanist cocktail: it was fresh, cool, fashionable and classy. Most importantly, it tasted incredible, the elderflower and jasmine syrup really came through which helped to balance the vodka and Havana rum.
To me, there seemed to be two parts of the restaurant, the bar and live area, then the restaurant area, I'm unsure whether this was due to the media event, but either way, I felt it work. After a a chat with Lorna from Lets Eat First, I walked past a cool looking male singing and playing the guitar. The seating area is large, but the seating arrangement, felt cosy and quite intimate. After oohing and ahhing of the lighting above me, admiring the menu design, oh and other guests food, I began to order my own. For starters, I ordered the chicken and rum liver pate (£5.95) and also sampled some of Lorna's pork scratchings (£3.50) and onion rings (£2.95). The presentation of each starter, in particular my chicken liver rum pate was revolutionary, inventive and the theme "Botanist" thoroughly in-cooperated in the presentation. I found my starter, presented in a mini plant pot, tasted luxurious, creamy and I loved the texture of the ginger biscuits on top of the pate. For my main course, I ordered The Botanist Deli Board, where you can chose 4 items out of a selection of 21 for £9.95. I chose the houmous, Greek salad, Coronation Chicken and Chorzio, all served with Turkish flatbread. And because I'm greedy I also ordered side dish of "properly seasoned chips".
I admired Lorna and her sisters main course dishes the Hanging Kebabs (£10.50-£13.50) was visually impressive and the Lamb Tagine (£12.75) was vibrant and colourful. I decided to pass on ordering any desserts as I was absolutely stuffed, however for those who have appetite for dessert, the description for the Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake, Rum Baba and Banana and Coconut Kebab.
Overall: The latest must place visit in Birmingham, fabulous cocktails, beautiful food and a vibrant environment.
Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of The Botanist.