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Published December 17th 2016
One of the best cocktail menus in Sydney
Nestled quietly in the heart of Kirribilli is the unassuming cool of The Botanist – a destination for cocktail and share plate lovers alike. If I wasn't looking specifically for it, I'd walk straight past this little corner complex. The wooden sign outside with the outline of a somewhat hipster looking face swings from the entrance. At 8pm on a Wednesday night, the place was absolutely pumping with what was initially going to be a 45-minute wait for a table. Note to self: this is the kind of place you need to make a booking for, even on a weeknight! Luckily the wait was not a long one and within 15 minutes I had a drink in my hand and was being led to my table.
Immediately the venue felt intimate and cosy. The lighting was dark and moody, the tables were lit by tea-light candles and the staff were friendly, attentive and knew their stuff. The cocktail menu was extensive, the wine list was varied and the beers stocked here were some of my favourite brews going around. As the wait staff explained their recommendations, I perused the cocktail list in wonder debating whether to go for wine or a magical mixture created by the cocktail wizards behind the bar at The Botanist. I decided on a mix of both – pairing a Shiraz with my food (a brilliantly cooked scotch fillet with chimichurri, a leafy green salad and a pulled pork slider) and skipping dessert in favour of an Espresso Martini. The food was as good as I'd hoped – the steak was tender, cooked medium rare and melted in my mouth, the salad was zesty and light and the pulled pork slider with slaw gave my taste buds a real party in two bites.
The Botanist is a beautiful, intimate and relaxed experience, but at the same time allows visitors to feel just a little bit fancy. Dress up or dress down, drop in for a drink or a feed, try the famous cocktails but most importantly: remember to make a booking!
You can learn more about The Botanist, make a booking and view their menu here.