Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Botanical @ Bangsar Village

Botanical: Round Two. Earlier entry: July 8.

Returning to The BIG Group's Botanical for more meatless mania. Hungry customers, fear not: vegetarian meals can be both filling and fulfilling, as evidenced by this hearty combo of brown rice with eggplant made flavorful with miso paste, a riff on the Japanese Eggplant Dengaku recipe.

Most pastas in KL offer 10 fleeting minutes of pleasure but an entire evening of guilt over the empty calories consumed. The solution might rest in this tom yam spaghetti aglio olio, spiced up subtly to speed up the metabolism and partnered with tempeh for soy-powered nutrition.

Buckwheat crepes, stuffed with spinach, ricotta and herbs and topped with tomato and buffalo mozzarella gratin. Not sure if this mushy, cheesy Italian-inspired treat rates as wholesome, but it sure tastes like something a lasagna-lover would relish.

Botanical is vegetarian but not vegan, so expect cheese and other dairy products to bolster items like this haloumi-adorned carrot fritter with arugula and lemon dressing ...

... as well as egg to elevate the ensemble of milkier-than-mashed-potatoes polenta, portobello mushrooms and parmagiano reggiano. Creamy comfort food at its most irresistible.

Fruit-filled desserts are where Botanical shines (exceedingly uncommon for a vegetarian eatery). Folks jaded with creme brulee, tiramisu and creativity-shorn cakes can have their taste buds perked up by pineapple grilled with thyme-infused honey and pepper-encrusted mascarpone (!).

On paper, the chilled strawberry fruit soup with pink peppercorn ice cream and toasted buttercake croutons sounds too strange to fathom. On the plate, it tastes too terrific to forgo.

Banana splits can't get more fun than this three-flavor ice cream combo of roasted banana, chocolate and raspberry with chocolate-dipped bananas. Impossible to share!

Bonus ice cream treat! Not available at Botanical, but it's worth scouting for The Last Polka's latest flavor, Pandan Kaya _ more pandan than kaya, which might make some happy. We prefer its aromatic, naturalistic taste to the powdery soy chocolate, but not as much as the cinnamon-savory French toast flavor.

Herbal-fruity cocktails are Botanical's specialty: the Cobber comprises vodka, sweet sherry, rhubarb liquor, raspberries, blackberries, pickled apple, fresh pear and apple soda.

Prickly Pina: vodka, pineapple soda, balsamic vinegar, Thai basil, pineapple chunks.

Insanely Luscious: chamomile-infused vodka, limoncello, elderflower cordial, pickled pears.

Licorne Bio organic beer, very, very easy to drink.

Botanical,
Level 1, Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2201-3028
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38 comments:

  1. Ur first photo I think captures the essence of Botanical...hehe =)

    The Buckwheat crepes and haloumi-adorned carrot fritter looks so invitingly flavourful...and ooo...is tat a runny egg I see? :D

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    1. Ulric: heh, lots of potted plants here. hopefully they're supplying oxygen during business hours, despite the absence of sunlight =) oh yeah, creamy crepes, creamy eggs. vegetarian food certainly isn't bland at botanical :D

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    2. Not mention fruity alcoholic drinks...hehe :P

      Dun mind trying some of organic beer n whisky-based drinks...huzza :)

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    3. Ulric: yup, the drinks here are not too potent but they're still pleasurable =)

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  2. I'm so excited about this place! Your pics look great. Organic beer! Hope that means that organic wine is not too far away too.

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    1. The Yum List: tnx! ooh, i forgot to browse carefully through the wine list here. maybe there might be organic wine already. there are plenty of interesting salads here too; i've hardly even scraped the surface of the menu =)

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  3. Strawberry soup with pink peppercorn ice cream looks pretty, I like the colour, but how it tastes?

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    1. CK: it tastes cold and refreshing! there's a sweet fruitiness, very light, with some interesting bitter spiciness from the pepper. very unusual! :D

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  4. vegetarian could be so tasty.....
    price is also about the same as the meat .. so more profit to them...
    it is a good move...

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, i guess it's good to have a meat-free meal once in awhile if possible. i hope they make a decent profit here so that they can continue to survive =)

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    2. Not true about profit.

      Meat is the easy option and it is almost always cheaper than quality vegetables and vegetarian raw ingredients.

      Plus the preparation is usually a lot more involved than cooking meat.

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    3. Tiny Tapir: interesting point. botanical is gaining lots of fans now though, so they're definitely doing it right =)

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  5. Pic No.3 is the Malay 'tempeh' rite?? I dislike them =p
    I'll better go for the banana split. Something different from the usual ordinary banana split =)

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    1. Melissa: oh, i'm not a major fan of tempeh either, though i can tolerate it, and i guess it's nutritious, heh :D oh yeah, the banana split here is one-of-a-kind, due to the roasted banana flavor, which contains real banana in the ice cream :D

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  6. I applaud BIG's effort in making vegetarian meal looks so delicious and healthy! The desserts especially are calling out to me! :D

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    1. Iamthewitch: true, i guess that's one of the benefits of being a big brand, they can afford now to branch out into different genres and offer very wide menus! the desserts here are really surprising and creative, even more creative than the salads and main courses! :D

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  7. Hey..I was there ytd night but only for desserts. Had a heavy dinner at reunion =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: hope you enjoyed the desserts at botanical! i quite like the raw chocolate cake here :D

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  8. I had watermelon fruit soup in Singapore too, loved it. Think I'll love the strawberry one here.

    And one of those poached eggs with mushrooms for me please!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooh, i like watermelon more than i like strawberries, so i think i'd like a watermelon soup too! a nice refreshing dessert after the poached eggs! :D

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  9. That's a nice green spot in the middle of a mall! I wonder how the crowd is...would love to have a hearty meal followed by dessert and then chill with a cocktail over a good book one of these weekdays. Hehehe...its a tai tai life for me this July.

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah, bangsar village can sometimes seem like a sterile mall, so it's nice to have this splash of greenery :D i think it's usually quite quiet here on weeknights, but i'm not sure about other times. and i want a tai-tai's life too! hope you're enjoying july! :D

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  10. Wow, now you're at the desserts section, which i can't ignore :P
    I think the alkie here is keeping u happy, though it's not potent. Better than no alkie right? :P
    Besides, it's healthier too ahhaha

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    1. Rebecca: the dessert list here is very short (surprisingly short, since it's a BIG outlet), with only five items, but all five are worth trying! there's an experimental edge to them :D heheh, true, i'm being a bit more moderate with my alcohol intake these days. today i only had two cocktails and a glass of wine =)

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  11. lovely dessert selection!! Im not much of a vegetarian fan but this outlet makes it look very interesting. Salute to BIG once again.

    P/S: Oh no.. my new outlet's gonna have boring dessert such as creme brule, tiramisu- all things you said above... sigh.

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    1. AugustDiners: it does make us wonder what BIG will come up with next! there always seems to be some project looming around the corner :D P.S. oops, sorry, heheh, i didn't mean to criticize tiramisu and creme brulee. good tiramisu and good creme brulee would make me and many other customers very happy! can't wait to visit your upcoming outlet, am honestly sure that i'll have a very happy dinner there. hope you're keeping well =)

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  12. looks so yummy! will definitely give it a try with my family, we are all vegetarian !:D

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    1. Yunny: oooh, this outlet is perfect for you then! i hope you enjoy it =)

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  13. I sooooo would have the raw-ish egg dish! that looks too yum to pass on!

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    1. Rad: resistance is futile when it comes to eggs! heheh =)

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  14. this place certainly doesn't look like a vegetarian place to me. The food presentation is just nice!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, unless you're really craving meat on that evening, this is quite a nice place to have a dinner. won't miss the meat at all, since the food here is good =)

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  15. Heading to KL next month. Thank you for the fabulous review. Can't wait to try Botanical!

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    1. Anonymous: here's wishing you a wonderful meal at botanical =)

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  16. Hi! Thank you for your recommendation. I visited Bontanical twice on my latest trip to KL on your recommendation and loved it. You can read about it in my blog ;) where I also credit your blog!
    http://voraciousveg.com/?p=813

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    1. Voraciousveg: am really happy to hear you enjoyed your visits to botanical. if this place can get the thumbs-up from true-blue vegetarians like yourself, then i'd definitely feel confident enough to recommend it to more customers. thank you for the feedback =)

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  17. Are there vegan options...especially for desserts! I think I saw a soy chocolate?

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    1. Jess: i'm not entirely sure, but i think that if you list your requirements, the staff here should be able to omit certain ingredients if needed. sorry i couldn't be of more help =)

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