The Botanic @ Raffles City
We finished our little trip to see Amy’s Gold Winning Entry for the “Draw My Stamp” competition at the National Library. As we were nearing dinner, but not quite I thought we could wander and have a drink and sit somewhere 1st. So I took us off to Loof, the rooftop bar over from the iconic Raffles Hotel. A nice little family sit and chat and look at the photos of dinosaurs.
Across the road is Chijmes and Raffles City and I was thinking perhaps Carnivores for dinner, post watching the dinosaurs show. But that was seemingly full for dinner. Salt by Chef Luke was always our favourite for Raffles City food destinations, but that has moved since. So where do we go? I chose somewhere new, we went to The Botanic @ Raffles City.
The Botanic @ Raffles City is actually the restaurant that has replaced Salt. So they have some major expectations to live up to from this rather demanding foodie family. But the board at the front looked pretty damned good with the photos of the food on display. Let’s crack on. 1st let’s see what they have to say about themselves, as the genre is a little confusing from the decor. What are they?
“Established in November 2018, The Botanic draws inspiration from nature, showcasing a variety of plant-based sharing dishes with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options alongside free-range, organic meat and seafood offerings.
An expression of terroir, the menu celebrates organic, free-range produce from the region with its use of superfoods, whole grains and novelty dressings. Dishes also showcase eclectic Asian flavours and Mediterranean inspirations, taking guests on a journey to discover food and drink that not only satiates the palate but also nourishes the soul.
The Botanic also presents to you a sustainable, organic and biodynamic wine list and an invigorating selection of fruit-based cocktails and mocktails to enhance the dining experience in a nature-inspired setting.”
If I had read this before we entered I may never have entered. Seeing words like vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and whole grains would normally turn me away. Would have turned us away in fact. But the photos did look good. Were sat down now. The serving staff were Filipinas and just lovely. And one server was originally from Salt and recognised us. I like, We’re staying. Let’s give The Botanic @ Raffles City a good crack, here we go;
But how wrong was I? We ended up ordering THREE of these. I will go out on a limb here to say I have never had a lamb dish like this. I have said to meat dishes before that they were like butter, due to how tender the meat was. But this, this little lamb rid dish, was like lamb butter. How it stayed on the bone was beyond me. I picked up my first rib and popped it in my mouth to tear a piece off and begin chewing… I ended up sucking a piece off that melted in my mouth. If I needed to chew it wasn’t that much, but then you also got the crunch of the Quinoa to boot.
The flavour of the lamb was out of this world. Again, I kid you not, this really is one of the most amazing lamb dishes I have ever had the good fortune to eat in my 51 years. It is die-die must try. You have to come dine here and eat this. If only for this dish it is worth it. We will be back for more. In fact, we had to order more today, we just had to despite being completely full. Great work The Botanic @ Raffles City. This is a winning dish in any lamb competition in my humble opinion, holy cow. Be proud of this one!!!
Olives, the lamb – goodness gracious me, what a start. Whatever next…?
Raffles City Food at its Finest
And that was that sadly. Dinner was over at our newly found little Raffles City food jem. I loved being so surprised, I truly did. As we all did, in fact. Ollie was even mentioning that this really is not the kind of place we frequent, and in my mind, I was thinking really… But yeah I sort of agree. Anything mentioning Quinoa, Vegan, Vegetarian anywhere near its menu would have an immediate No-Entry sign up for me.
So I am very pleased we ignored that and did have dinner at The Botanic @ Raffles City. It was an incredible dinner thank you. Be proud of the food and your staff at front of house. If you made that lamb rib dish a main course I think you’d have us 2-3 times a week ha ha. Stunning dinner and a must-return for foodie family Kennett now. You have to try if you are near Chijmes or the Raffles City area – do it!
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