This will be the final instalment of my Botanist posts, and I really hope you’ve enjoyed them and I’ve inspired you to check out all the amazing food on their menu. Find my review of the full menu here and the Sunday lunch menu here.
The Botanist recently launched their whole vegan menu which has some great and delicious choices on. I wasn’t invited down to solely try this menu, but I’d seen a couple of other blogging friends has made some tasty choices from it so I challenged myself to go completely vegan for the night (apart from one of my cocktails had egg white in which I only realised afterwards – I’m sorry, I’m sorry!)
As it was the third time I was working with The Botanist, they invited me to their restaurant on Deansgate. I went with my lovely friend Jacinta, but before she arrived (I was painfully early as usual) I took some photos of the gorgeous decor as I’d never been into this one before and I was blown away with how beautiful it was.
I took a seat in the dining room and ordered myself their signature cocktail, ‘The Botanist’ as it felt quite fitting. It was made with vodka, run and elderflower liqueur and was delicious – I’m a big fan of anything with elderflower in. Once Jacinta arrived, we had a read of the menu and made our choices.
For the starter, I went for the tempura-fried cauliflower, tender-stem broccoli and kale Manchurian with a sweet and sour sesame dipping sauce. When it arrived, I was impressed with how much you actually got as I know sometimes with veggie and vegan choices, the portions can be quite stingy.
Sometimes when I’ve had tempura battered things in the past, they can be quite soggy, but this was lovely and crisp and the sauce was a welcome accompaniment.
For the main, I went for the harissa aubergine steak with saffron and almond Israeli couscous, grilled baby gem lettuce and tahini dressing. I’m a big fan of aubergine, and even before going veggie, if it was on the menu, I would usually go for it, and this time it did not disappoint. I find it quite hard to get aubergine right when I cook it at home, but this one was so full of flavour and incredibly juicy – I would 100% order this again.
For the main, Jacinta and I shared the homemade banana doughnuts with salted caramel sauce and a peanut milkshake, and it was the perfect sweet treat to finish the meal off. I’m not usually a huge fan of doughnuts, but because this was the only vegan choice they had, I decided to give it a go. I think because the doughnuts were made with banana, it took the overly-sweet edge off them and it was almost like a sugary banana bread, which is right up my street!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my reviews of The Botanist’s different menus and various locations – it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with them on this project, and I hope I’ve inspired you to give them a go.
My meal at The Botanist was complimentary in exchange for an honest review.