My last minute organised catchup with friends at the Botanist in Lyall Bay, proved worthwhile. We were all newbies and terribly excited. I was warned about the bad service and wait for coffees/food, however that so did not happen for us. I take positive good vibes with me and always have a pleasant experience. It was perfect on all counts with a stunning Welly day to top it off.The Botanist is located in a beautiful Victorian villa with a sunny courtyard out back. The inside décor is gorgeous right down to the tiles, exposed brick, old wooden chest area for water refills, green themed fresh toilets, lovely lights and a fabulous front bar enveloped in fake greenery.
We were warmly welcomed by the maitre’d and he let me choose a table out in the courtyard. Our waitress was lovely and friendly and coffees for 4 took about 15 minutes, followed by our meals about 10 minutes later. As soon as I studied the menu, I was content as I knew I wouldn’t have to ask questions or ask to adapt anything. Two of us ordered the gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with citrus crème fraiche, banana, berries and apple syrup. They were absolutely spot-on. The other two gals had the zucchini fritters and the avocado ceviche on toast with pineapple, a side of halloumi and wilted spinach and they were equally as happy. My friend also tried a Salty dog soda which she didn’t really like but I thought it was delicious.
The menu offers many healthy vegan or vegetarian options, which being a Paleo carnivore actually was fine. They will continue to be busy and flooded with the young hip things who tend to gravitate towards this type of cuisine anyway.
I’d love to come back for dinner and dessert as well as try other lunch/brunch dishes, although I don’t quite think I could drag hubby with me. The icing on the cake for me would be to see Kombucha or coconut water added to their drink list and perhaps some turmeric toast.
Job well done Botanist. It appears you’ve taken feedback on board so I hope you continue to ensure you keep a smile on the faces of your foodie Wellingtonians.