I was recently contacted to see if I would like to check out the Botanist in Leeds. I'd been in a month or two back for a quick drink and while we were in we had noticed how good the food that was being served looked, so I was excited to check it out for myself!
We got the train over from Sheffield after work last Monday and so it was something to look forward to that evening.
We'd both had a quick look online at the menus - I'm glad I did as there is so much to choose from!
I am notoriously indecisive AND a picky eater, so if I find somewhere that I like the look of more than one item on the menu, I'm happy!
Our waiter was super friendly and helpful. We decided that we'd like to try the cocktails on offer and so ordered "The Botanist" and an "English Mojito" on Dan's recommendation. We were not disappointed!
The English Mojito is pretty much my dream cocktail. Gin, mint, elderflower and cucumber. Refreshing, sweet and gin-y! Stef's "Botanist" was equally as good and pretty boozy!
For my starter I chose the Welsh Rarebit Fondue (which came served with celery, crusty bread and spring onions) and Stef chose the Moules Marinieres served with crusty bread.
What can I say! I bloody loved mine. The fondue was gooey and cheesy and magnificent. I could have quite happily eaten it as a main as there was so much! It would be perfect to share if you've got a smaller appetite (or like to leave room for dessert, like myself!)
Stef enjoyed his mussels too! He said he would also have quite happily had this as a main course if he wasn't feeling so hungry.
For my main I had the rib-eye steak and Stef chose the hanging chicken kebab.
The rib-eye was melt in your mouth and juicy perfection.
I am not a big meat eater at all but will have it from time to time and usually end up dissecting it. This was not the case as it was so lean and there was minimal fat on it.
The garlic butter was a welcome addition to the steak. I'm not big on sauces with steaks, the simpler the better for me and this really hit the spot.
The fries that were served with the steak were delicious too and well seasoned.
I tried a mouthful of Stef's chicken kebab and it was very tasty and moist. It came with a sweet chilli and garlic sauce. I loved the way that it was served too.
We were both pretty stuffed part way through our mains but decided that we should try one of the desserts as they sounded so tasty, and that they were!
We chose the banana and coconut kebab to share which came served with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. It was absolutely delicious.
There was another 'kebab' dessert on offer which is served with Sailor Jerry chocolate sauce... I think there will definitely be a repeat visit just so I can try that!
We really enjoyed the overall atmosphere and decor to the Botanist. There was a guy playing piano while we were there which was a nice touch too.
The service was spot on too. Our waiter was attentive, informative and enthusiastic (but not annoyingly so!). I like it when you go somewhere for food and the person serving you actually knows what they're talking about!
The Botanist has a nice laid back vibe, and would be perfect for after work drinks and dinner.