Located on the corner of Sloane Square, The Botanist is a place to be seen. This place is very Chelsea. I’ve heard – and seen – this place does a great afternoon tea but we came here for a relaxed lunch one Sunday afternoon. This place is at its best in warm climes with open windows and terrace seating on the street. The décor is 1920’s elegance with extravagant chandeliers and a pale green and creamy gold colour scheme. The tiled floor is black and white leading from the contemporary bar to a large open dining room which screams the Scott Fitzgerald.
The menu is modern British / European, serving the likes of waldorf salads, contemporary burgers and lemon sole. We ordered the dressed crab with melba toast and sirloin steak. The waiters first language wasn’t English and we had to repeat our order a couple of times hoping that we had made the point by pointing at the menu– it did! We were served quickly with our crab starter, which was fresh and simply presented. Perfect. The steak came out on a wooden platter board and the peppercorn sauce came out in a little copper pan – which I have to admit I am terribly fond of – with thick chips and a side of roasted vegetables.
There was a long wait for our dishes to be taken away and the bill to arrive but we weren’t necessarily in a rush. The food is lovely yet not remarkable and is quite pricey (it is Chelsea to be fair), and the service could do with being a little more efficient. I wouldn’t come back in a rush although I do think this place would be prefect for afternoon tea in Spring/Summer time so I might be back sooner rather than later!
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