Monday, June 20, 2016

Botanica + Co @ Bangsar South

Bangsar South's most irresistibly ravishing restaurant is open - Botanica & Co is a sumptuous vision of Ficus trees standing tall amid a soothingly lush setting that's ideal for leisurely lunches & serene dinners.

Singaporean chef Sam Neoh, who formerly shepherded the kitchen at the city-state's PS Cafe, oversees an oeuvre of crowd-pleasing temptations with contemporary flourishes, offered at reasonable prices. Pizzas are a cornerstone; we're happy to honour the Green Goddess (RM30), a bountiful harvest of kale, broccoli, asparagus, sugar snap peas & smoky pesto with goat's cheese, an homage to vegetarians that's distinctive & delicious enough to warrant the worship of any pizza devotee.

The menu is a passport to cross-border cuisine-hopping, ranging from the Middle East mezze of textured hummus, spicy muhammara & creamy baba ganoush with house-baked flatbread (RM18) to the American hot Reuben sandwich with pastrami, salami, melted Swiss cheese, BBQ sauce & an extra flourish of kimchi (RM32). If there's one underlying, unifying theme, it may be comfort food, in portions constructed for sharing, from the rotisserie chicken with ratatouille (RM32 for half a chicken) to Botanica + Co's interpretation of poutine, with shoestring fries coated in a sauce of beef & gruyere (RM24).

With an alluring ambiance like this, it'd be a shame not to indulge in day drinking - Botanica + Co promises several intriguing cocktails, including the Alphonso (RM35; Cana Brava rum, mango, curry leaves), Carlos (RM30; tequila, mango, pineapple, lime), Frank (RM30; basically a banana mojito) & Botanica Collins (RM85, serving two to four customers; an extra-large Tom Collins with West Winds gin & a bunch of sage, rosemary & thyme). Bonus: Service is a standout here; the team works hard to ensure a warm, positive experience. Expect Botanica + Co to bloom on your social media feed in the weeks ahead.

Botanica + Co
Ground Floor, Vertical Podium, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur. Mon-Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am. Tel: 016-965-6422

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19 comments:

  1. The Green Goddess looks enticing! My girl loves vegetarian pizzas - I don't mind a bit of ham and bacon...or egg.

    I wonder if the leaves of those trees drop or not. Sure would be a chore having to sweep them every day. We had one here - exquisite architecture, the restaurant built around a very big and old tree...in an island in the middle, so nice. They got rid of it now though - termites, they said. :(

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    1. Suituapui: this vegetarian pizza worked really well without meat - there was a wide variety of vegetables of different textures and flavours, and the goat's cheese gave it some extra punch :) tree maintenance sounds like it'll be one of the challenges for this restaurant. i don't have a green thumb, so i have nothing to offer there! :D

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    1. The Yum List: they plan to add even more plants here soon! :D

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  3. Waiting to see this place after your Botanica Deli post, hehe. Nice! :D

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, the original plan was to make this a greenhouse-themed restaurant :)

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  4. Well.. Somewhere my children would have approved!

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    1. Leo: oh yes, and there's plenty of space in between the tables here for the kids to frolic around! :D

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  5. I've heard of PS Cafe at S'pore, quite famous right?
    The lush greenery inside a cafe definitely something commendable and I hope those plants and trees and maintain well.

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, PS Cafe is pretty well-known among singaporean customers! yeah, it'll be interesting to watch how they maintain the look here ... maybe check back again at the end of the year! :)

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  6. Wow. I'm loving the interior. So white and clean and oh, I love those plants! The food looks great too. I'm eyeing the pizza and roasted chicken.

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    1. Phong Hong: heheh, yeah, the plants do add a sense of freshness to the place, especially during daytime, i think! :) we enjoyed the pizza, and the chicken was pretty decent :D

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  7. Love the greenery and natural lighting....and that pizza looks thin and crisp! ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: i'm a fan of the ambiance here - and of its fresh pizzas! :D

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  8. Totally my kind of food and place! Love love the sunlight and greens (surrounding me and on my plate! ) :D

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i'd like to eventually see this place at night too ... it could look quite good with the shimmering hanging lights illuminating the darkness after sunset! :)

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  9. Hi, may i know if this is a halal restaurant? Thank you!

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    1. Nurul: they don't have an official halal certification, partly because they serve alcohol, but they don't serve pork and they do welcome Muslim customers ;)

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