Executive Chef Sean Sheridan’s modern menu is inspired by the cuisines of France and England, and it combines fresh seasonal ingredients with the latest techniques. A South Yarra institution, The Botanical sits proudly overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens; it is the perfect spot for people-watching. Dark-wood furnishings and modern artworks create a special feeling in the appealing dining space.
Offering an impressive selection of dishes, the menu focuses on contemporary European fare. Haloumi, zucchini, greens and hazelnut salad with brown rice is a light yet flavoursome entree. The saltiness of the haloumi is offset by the freshness of the zucchini, and the dish is lifted by the sweetness of red grapes. Gnocchi with sauce vierge, shaved fennel and green olive is a surprisingly fresh take on a favourite pasta. Lightly pan-fried gnocchi is complemented well by the herby sauce vierge.
PSST! Be sure to check out the $25 Dish of the Day special, which includes a glass of wine or beer.