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The Botanist, Sloane Square, London: 2 reviews and 7 photos

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We dined at The Botanist one Friday night with friends. Located right on Sloane Square, this is apparently THE place to be in Chelsea on a Friday evening, or in fact, any night of the week according to our waiter. The bar was buzzing (loudly!) - we had to push our way through the well-healed crowd to the restaurant. Unfortunately the noisy buzz spilled into the dining area, meaning a night spent shouting to each other across the table.

That was really the only negative thing I have to say about the place. Well, unless you are allergic to the Chelsea-set. I really need to get stuck into the hair-bleach before I next venture to this part of town.

Service was charming, though a little green. I liked the modern décor a lot, and the large light fittings like they have at Le Café Anglais in Bayswater. The toilets were surprisingly nice.

Favorite Dish: We began with some well mixed cocktails and made our food selections. Only the boys had starters, opting for the Pan Fried Scallops, sautéed new potato, pear and bacon salad, truffle dressing; and the Veal Sweetbreads, carrot purée, girolle mushrooms, Sauternes Sauce. Both dishes were declared excellent, and the sweetbreads were still being raved about the next day.

For main course we had the Seared venison fillet, braised red cabbage, parsnip mash, blackberry compote, sloe gin jus; the Pan Fried Seabass, Jerusalem artichoke, new potato and shallot salad, sauce vierge; the Red wine braised monkfish, creamed curried mussels, baby leeks, salsify crisps; and the Roasted partridge, Savoy cabbage, potato rosti, Alsace bacon, fresh peas, baby onions, beer bread sauce, game jus. The fish dishes were good, but the standout was the gorgeously cooked venison, and the partridge was also incredibly good.

Although the noise was really starting to grate, we couldn't leave without sampling dessert. Both couples ended up ordering the Pecan Pie with clotted cream ice cream. It was ok, though definitely the most average thing we ate that evening.

Address: 7 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8EE
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Nearest tube: Sloane Sqaure
Phone: 020 7730 0077
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 4
Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 25, 2008
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