Let me say this before I begin my review – I am no food blogger. Sure, I love a good meal, sometimes I cook, and I post a whole lot of pics of food on my instagram feed. But I don’t plan on turning my blog into one solely focused on food, nor do I want to write about every meal I’ve had. But if I come across something I REALLY enjoy, I’d like to be able to give it the occasional shout out. With that in mind, let’s get started.
When one thinks of vegetarian food in Malaysia, the cuisine we most often associate it with is Indian or Chinese. So it was really quite a genious idea when The Big Group decided to revamp Bistro 42 into a very stylish and contemporary vegetarian restaurant the likes of which KL has never seen before.
With an ‘al fresco’ or indoor dining option, Botanical is intimate and stylish with that classic + retro + industrial decor the group is very well known for and I absolutely dig – I could live in their supermarket, for example. Personally, I liked the indoor seating option, with its dark walls, plant-themed plates and chairs I hope to have in my dining room someday.
Lovely decor aside, the food is equally good – if not better. The Big Group’s fairly expansive range of restaurants serves food that range from ‘ok’ to really really good, and to me, the quality and taste of the dishes I’ve had at Botanical falls into the latter category. Everything was tasty, cooked to perfection and served in generous portions that I seriously recommend sharing if you’re planning on doing the full three courses! I’ve been there thrice so far and have not managed to make it to dessert! And since I enjoyed the food so much, I am glad I made the effort to snap pictures of just about everything we ordered the first time around.
I’ve also tried their Four Cheese Toastie and Botanical House Salad and have no complaints so far. Their Tropical Comfort drink was also very good, but I was too thirsty to take a pic of it first.
The prices at Botanical are also fairly decent. Even if all you order is a single starter or main meal you’re bound to get pretty full. As I mentioned earlier, sharing is definitely recommended so you get to try more of the dishes they have on offer. The service is good and the wait staff quite friendly and knowledgeable, which are further plus points for me.
But will I go back? Of course. I have yet to try their dessert or any of their local dishes! I just need to convince more people that the vegetarian food here is far from boring – you absolutely won’t miss meat at Botanical!
Note: definitions of vegetarian tends to vary. Botanical serves egg and dairy in a number of their dishes.