Update April 2015: This restaurant is now closed.
Never knew that vegetarian food could be tempting, tasty and sexy? High time to try out Botanical then!
Botanical is another feather in The BIG Group’s cap featuring meat-free dishes. Located on the first level of Bangsar Village II, the decor is designed to evoke images of fresh, clean and green.
Say yes to the bread basket (RM7): grissini sticks, seaweed foccacia and bamboo charcoal bread served warm. Soak it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, it’s baked dough heaven!
Get loaded on wild mushroom soup (RM17) served with sauteed wild mushrooms on baguette. The creamy soup itself is flawless, if you enjoy mushroom soup made with proper and a variety of shrooms. Slightly earthy.
Start off with the burnt butter wild mushroom & brie cheese salad (RM24), my current favourite item on the menu. Served with arugula and balsamic vinegar, it smells gorgeous and tastes heavenly. Mushrooms are cut thickly, almost a meat substitute? Will be back for more of this.
Another mushroom winner: the portobello mushroom ragout (RM22). Dairy-heavy with soft polenta, poached egg, parmagiano reggiano and.. do I detect a hint of truffle oil? A comforting dish to share.
Want something to chomp on? The crunchy noodles salad with hummus (RM17) may take a little getting used to. Comes with pickled cabbage to give it a sweet sour taste, almonds and fragrant sesame seeds. Perhaps better in a wrap?
Go simple: the fresh tomato and buffalo mozzarella (RM22) could be perfect if pasta was cooked al dente, and the tomato sauce given a slightly stronger taste. Buffalo mozzarella, wonderful as it is, isn’t often found on menus here, so finish every bit!
Familiar comfort food: the four cheese toastie (RM15) of gruyere, parmesan, cheddar, mozzarella and country white bread, served with pickled cabbage and fries. Should please the kids.
For the Malaysian palate, try the vegetable lontong (RM17): assorted vegetables, pressed rice, tempeh, glass noodles, coconut milk gravy with fried egg sambal. Hearty, filling and could induce you to licking the bowl clean.
Fresh juices, tea and even wines are served at Botanical. The fizzies could do with a lot of improvement, or maybe the bar was just having a bad fizzie day. Dessert in form of cakes and pastries are available, though we’ll have to sample that another time.
First Floor, Bangsar Village 2,
No.1 Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: +603 2287 6566
Opens daily, 11am-10pm