The Botanical - Spanner crab, angel hair pasta, chilli & roe ($16)

The Botanical, South Yarra

The Botanical

Despite all the infrastructure works going on in the vicinity, the Royal Botanic Gardens is still a beautiful place to stroll through or jog around. Whether or not a visit to the gardens is on the cards, the row of restaurants along Domain Road are good places to gain sustenance for the day.

The Botanical

We come The Botanical, which has introduced their first menu change in a while. Various sections of the restaurant provide a different feel, catering for different crowds. There’s the casual bar and bistro, the more formal restaurant area, and the sunny courtyard that’s popular for functions.

The Botanical - Roasted scallop, rockefeller crumble, whipped feta ($13 ea)
The Botanical - Roasted scallop, rockefeller crumble, whipped feta ($13 ea)
Roasted scallop, rockefeller crumble, whipped feta ($13 ea)
The Botanical - Smoked kingfish, quail egg, enoki mushroom, radish & yuzu ($18)
Smoked kingfish, quail egg, enoki mushroom, radish & yuzu ($18)

There’s plenty of seafood on the new menu, including roasted scallops topped with a salty Rockefeller crumble and cheesy whipped fetta. The smoked kingfish hides underneath a pile of leaves, radish and enoki. It’s accompanied by a gooey quail egg, a sweet and bright yuzu sauce, and sprinkles of togarashi. Hints of horseradish make it a lighter dish that’s great for waking up the tastebuds.

The Botanical - Spanner crab, angel hair pasta, chilli & roe ($16)
The Botanical - Spanner crab, angel hair pasta, chilli & roe ($16)
Spanner crab, angel hair pasta, chilli & roe ($16)

Spanner crab lies atop a long roll of angel hair pasta, together with chilli and roe. The chilli is not distractingly spicy, and doesn’t take anything away from the buttery flavour present in the pasta.

The Botanical - Corn fed duck breast, confit leg, salt baked celeriac, purple kale ($34)
Corn fed duck breast, confit leg, salt baked celeriac, purple kale ($34)
The Botanical - Brussel sprouts, speck, honey & pecorino ($9)
Brussel sprouts, speck, honey & pecorino ($9)

There’s duck done two ways: corn-fed duck breast and confit leg, accompanied by squares of salt baked celeriac and purple kale. The breast is a bit dry, but the confit leg is beautifully juicy, and the glaze on the skin is flavoursome. Brussel sprouts, speck, honey and pecorino make for a tasty and substantial side dish.

The Botanical - The Botanical (18) Bouillabaisse – poached hapuka, black mussels, razor clams, Moreton bay bug, rouille ($42)
The Botanical (18) Bouillabaisse – poached hapuka, black mussels, razor clams, Moreton bay bug, rouille ($42)

Bouillabaisse comes with poached hapuka, black mussels, razor clams, and Moreton bay bug. The rouille comes in its own dish, and can be added to taste for that richness and creaminess that’s essential to a good bouillabaisse.

The Botanical - Winter citrus, roast lemon gel, verbena sable, nougat glace ($18)
The Botanical - Winter citrus, roast lemon gel, verbena sable, nougat glace ($18)
Winter citrus, roast lemon gel, verbena sable, nougat glace ($18)

It’s nice to have a range of desserts to choose from to tie off a meal. We first try the winter citrus, roast lemon gel, verbena sable, and nougat glace. The tanginess of the citrus gel is rounded out by the less tangy curd, and both are countered by the sweetness of the citrus segments. Shortbread brings extra texture to the plate.

The Botanical - 65% dark chocolate mousse, mint chocolate custard, cocoa nib ice cream & cereal ($18)
The Botanical - 65% dark chocolate mousse, mint chocolate custard, cocoa nib ice cream & cereal ($18)
65% dark chocolate mousse, mint chocolate custard, cocoa nib ice cream & cereal ($18)

On the opposite end of the dessert spectrum is the richer 65% Dark Chocolate Mousse. It comes with a surprise filling of mint chocolate custard, and the cocoa nib ice cream provides freshness that balances the richness of the chocolate.

The surrounding streets might be busy with construction activity, but The Botanical is still very much in business.

The Botanical

Disclaimer: I was invited to The Botanical as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time

The Botanical
169 Domain Rd
South Yarra, VIC, 3141
(03) 9820 7888
thebotanical.com.au
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