The Place By the same team behind Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, Botanist is a pretty nice addition to the cafe scene to this enclave (on top of The Lokal, Luxe and The Daily Roundup), and we also meant its pretty space. With no obvious signboard at its 74 Neil Road location, the entrance to Botanist is from a side alley, before we were greeted by the cosy backyard space. There is a small indoor dining area, but the real charm lies in the semi-alfresco setting, with walls decorated by green plants in a somewhat minimalist, Aussie-inspired backyard vibe.
The Food For one, you can expect pretty plating and colourful ingredients for most of its dishes on the brunch menu, a clear strategy to target the younger crowd where everything has to look chio first. Chio factor aside, we were really more concerned if the food does taste as good as it looks.
One plus point at Botanist is that there is no service charge and GST. We started with an Iced White (S$5.50) and White coffee (S$5.50 for 7oz), with its beans roasted in-house by Knockhouse Supply Co..
For our mains, we had the Breakfast Platter (S$23) and Egg Florentine (S$19). The breakfast platter is a good and decent option if you are feeling very hungry, as the serving is quite huge. We love the beautiful colour combination of the ingredients put together here – toast, grilled corn, bratwurst sausage, avocado, hash, thick cut streaky bacon, mushroom, tomato, greens, choice of eggs (scrambled, sunny or poached). Some of the noteworthy mentions are the delicious bratwurst sausage and the bacon.
Alternatively, the Egg Florentine is a much lighter portion which will probably impress if you love your avocado and mushrooms. I enjoyed this dish, which packs my favourite portobello mushroom, wilted spinach, avocado, poached eggs, tomatoes, chive hollandaise and toast.
Rants Outdoor dining has its downside, which means you should dress light here if your threshold for heat is low. Other than that, the restaurant does not take any reservations at the moment.
Will I Return Again? The cafe scene has definitely slowed down in the past year, and we are not surprised at all given the proliferation over the lat few years. That said, the team here certainly knows how to create a unique selling point in its cafes, be it Botanist or Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters. The food is above average by cafe standards, the space is beautiful, prices are reasonable and more importantly for some, the plating is chio.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
74 Neil Road
Tuesday to Sunday: 8am to 6pm
Ranted by The Ranter