Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published March 19th 2013
Brunch, cocktails indulge at the Botanist
Tucked away in the leafy North-Shore suburb of Kirribilli lies an absolute gem of a bar; The Botanist. Bursting onto the scene in late 2012, this small oasis has steadily developed a reputation through positive word-of-mouth for friendly service, luscious drinks and a yummy menu; get in there soon before everyone finds out and steals all the seats!
On the wet and windy day that a girlfriend and I decided to brunch, we indeed felt as though we had stepped into a set from Made in Chelsea, with the beautiful and classy décor sheltering us from the dreary drizzle outside. Dark wood, light walls, all delicately wrought with green highlights, plenty of foliage and delicate illustrations. The atmosphere transports you away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney and just begs you to linger. The service from the staff was wonderful; engaged yet not pushy and they all brought their individual personalities to work with them rather than checking them at the door. Our coffees (and on a subsequent trip, the cocktails) were spot on and best of all; I had one of my favourite brunch meals of all time!
Whilst my friend had a delightful Eggs Benedict ($18), I indulged in the Mexican eggs ($18) – I'm a sucker for anything with salsa and guacamole. Toasted sourdough, home-made guacamole and fresh salsa accompanied the stoneware dish full of black beans and baked eggs that exploded in my mouth; this has become my most memorable and favourite brunch dish to date - particularly as we are heading into the winter months, when fruit-based breakfasts just don't entice as they do during long summer days!
I highly recommend the Botanist for anyone who wishes to escape the usual sprawl of north-shore cafes that all look the same and offer a similar menu. If you enjoy a longer lie-in and never make it up for breakfast, never fear, the bar is bustling till the early hours of the next morning so head on down for dinner, a drink or both.