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What kind of cuisine do you fancy eating right now? Well, chances are, Media City has a restaurant you can enjoy. But I don’t think you’ll enjoy one as much at The Botanist.
Why is it one of my favourites? After growing sick of places to eat just sticking dishes in the microwave, The Botanist is a chain restaurant that gives me a breath of fresh air. And, on top of the amazing food, the theme of the restaurant and the decor just makes it for me.
The Botanist theme at Media City sets in as soon as you enter. You’re greeted with the most incredible outdoor decorations, from ivy on the stair case to big, beautiful plants. You then go up a spiral staircase and are just in this beautiful outside oasis. There isn’t a single place that hasn’t been looked at and decorated with some sort of gardening or outdoor decoration! Shovels on the wall… plant pots… flowers – you name it, it’s there.
The bar is located at the back, there’s a piano in the middle of the restaurant, and a huge balcony. And on this visit, it was full of fairy and Christmas lights and a young man signing with a guitar – adding to an already amazing aesthetic and experience.
My first choice of the night was my drink. Their drink list is huge, and their selection of cocktails is even better. It’s split up into different categories called Mangrove Species, Arber’s Herbarium, and Mediterranean Gardenia. I chose what they named their signature cocktail, simply named The Botanist from Arber’s Herbarium.
The Botanist is made up of Bacardi, Ketel One Vodka, elderflower liqueur and jasmine syrup. It was delivered in what I can only describe as bottle a scientist would use to mix chemicals (haha I have no idea). But it was fruity, floral and fabulous.
Even the starter options alone are amazing. There’s chicken wings and calamari to name a few, but I went with the garlic mushrooms.
They came in the most adorable plant pot, with white mushrooms sticking out. On the plate also came a little bread roll to dip in the delicious garlic, mushroomy sauce. It was also covered in salad leaves and decorated beautifully. The taste? Beautiful, it’s one of my favourite starters, and they did it well.
This main is the reason I ever went to The Botanist in the first place – their famous hanging kebabs. Even though I absoloutely love this dish, there’s some other great options on the menu too – including fish and chips, burgers, and pies.
I chose the salt and pepper pork belly hanging kebab and oh my god, it’s just divine. Although it’s called salt and pepper, it reminds me more of a sweet Chinese inspired sauce, which I am in no way complaining about. It comes with about four or five pieces of pork, onions and peppers, with a coriander sauce that you pour down the kebab and soaks into the dish of chips you get at the bottom. I’m not even kidding I could eat about three in one go.
Our belly’s may have been nearly exploding with food, but there was a little room for dessert. I can’t even tell you what else was on the menu because as soon as I saw cookie dough I said I want that haha!
Just like you imagine cookie dough to be it the soft and gooey in the inside and crisp on the outside. It came with little Oreos which I didn’t really like, and a huge dollop of ice cream on top. YUM!
So if you’re looking for a great dining experience, that doesn’t cost tooooo much more The Botanist is for you. It’s great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere, just head to thebotanist.uk.com to find the full menu!