I finally got the chance to book in at The Botanist to see what all the fuss was about and thanks to the January offer on Samantha's (North East Family Fun) blog, I got half price off my food bill!
Firstly, before I even get to the food, I am going to apologise for the photographs. It's winter, so it was dark by the time we made out 6:30 reservation meaning the restaurant was a light from the quaint lamp above our table. I love the restaurant decor, it's rustic and mismatch theme gives it character and charm - however it doesn't produce the best photographs!
I went for something a little different to usual - the Green Thai Curry which was exceptional. I don't know how to elaborate on how great it tasted because, to me, Green Thai Curry is that spicyness flavour you'd expect. The chicken in the dish was tender and I ate this up in a flash. I also got to try the lamb burger which my boyfriend ordered. You know us, we're burger people so I really suprised myself when I went for the curry. The lamb burger was nice but I preferred the curry. However, I did miss out on some excellent fries - they were really crispy and fluffy and basically, the perfect fry.
What I am more excited to share with you are the mocktails we drank. I got a taste of the Forest Fruit Fling ("Blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry purees, apple juice, cranberry juice and lemon juice") and it was summer in a glass! I know, looking at the description I thought it was going to be quite thick or heavy (that word puree really throws me) but it was quite the opposite: so refreshing and light (essentially juice as you'd expect and no thickness that I imagined you'd get from the puree). However, that was nothing compared to the other two cocktails I had which were again, refreshing, and so sweet! I had the Grape, Raspberry and Elderflower Cooler with dinner ("Raspberry puree, elderflower cordial, grapes, sugar syrup, orange and cranberry juice") then, the absolutely king of mocktails alongside dessert, the Violet and Jasmine Crush ("Mint, violet, and jasmine syrup with apple juice, lime juice and soda water") which literally tasted like sherbert - and was too sweet for Matthew. Although the combination sounds a bit off-putting: mint, soda water and flowers, what's going on here? It's fantastic and I wish they sold these by the barrel because I'd definitely buy my weight's worth of Violet and Jasmine Crush.
Then for dessert I had the warm fudge cake, of course. Signature Fiona dessert. It satisfied my post-dinner sweet tooth but it was the vanilla ice cream that stole the show on this plate. It was the most vanilla-ry ice cream ever tasted, an absolute perfect blend. The best thing about our food, which Matthew and I both agreed on, was the portion size was just right. We've been to places where the portion size is ginormous and stuffs you up to the point where you can no longer move, it was nice to be given just enough to leave us happily full with room from dessert and the ability to actually walk back to the car.
Finally, a big shout out to the staff who were friendly and smiley and looked like they were enjoying themselves all evening. Special shout out to Fern, our waitress that evening, who was very friendly and helpful to us. If you fancy going, make sure you go over to North East Family Fun's blog post - not only is it another experience at The Botanist to read, there is that sweet 50% off code valid throughout January.