Walking around Sloane Square - home to luxury flats, cars and shops - it's near impossible to escape the assumption that a restaurant able to afford space here will offer quality food at high prices.

True on both counts, The Botanist presents a good range of classic British and modern European food along with a particularly large wine list spreading two full sheets of A2 paper.

So somewhere in between the £480 bottle of Chateau Leoville Las Cases and the £19 bottle of ETM, there's sure to be something for any wine fan.

And if not, you can always ask staff to "pick & mix" your very own cocktail, order an existing one or keep it simple with bottled or draught beer.


The interior is true to its luxury food offering - cream coloured chairs, light wooden floor and glass paneling - but the Botanist does feel congested.

You enter through a noisy bar, which in itself is not a problem but does have the unfortunate side affect of carrying a low-level of bass into the restaurant area.

And the table at which I and my friend, Reya, were sat was so close to our neighbouring table that making my way to the toilet became an exercise in holding my stomach in to avoid spilling drinks - even with a 32 inch waist.

But aside from this, there are few flaws at this otherwise excellent restaurant.

Starters and drinks

On a wine list akin to Disneyland for connoisseurs, to say it caused us a headache would be putting it lightly.

Eventually we agreed on a bottle of the Cullen, Margaret River, Australia 2012 (£50) and rather glad we did - with Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes cultivating a fine, high-tannin flavour.

And the most impressive meal of the night, the Seared king scallops (£14.50) was exquisite due to the silky, delicious celeriac purée and chorizo it came with - thoroughly recommended.

Mains and dessert

For our mains I chose the Herdwick lamb rump (£28) and Reya opted for the Crab linguine (£19).

Accompanied by sweetbreads, black cabbage, sweet potato gratin and smoked garlic, the blushing lamb is perfectly tender but although enjoyable the dish doesn't quite live up to its expensive billing.

The Crab linguine, meanwhile, proved an astute choice with an impressive chilli oil complimenting its seafood flavour.

The dessert menu presents a number of impressive offerings at £7, so I decided to go for the Coconut panna cotta, a sterling conclusion to the meal with with thick cream, pineapple, lemongrass and agave syrup.

The verdict

In a city and climate where people are competing for expensive, limited space as if it were gold dust, Londoner's are not impartial to a lack of space.

But even by these standards it does feel as if The Botanist has tried to fit too much into a fairly small room.

Aside from this, a wine-list to die for and delicious food from a comprehensive menu make The Botanist well worth visiting and one I would recommend.

getwestlondon gives The Botanist three stars out of five.