Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Botanical, Bangsar Village II, KL

Instead of visiting our usual lunch place when we were at Bangsar, we decided to try a new place - Botanical, also by The Big Group. Botanical is a meat-free restaurant and its decor is reminiscent of an outdoor courtyard.

As meat lovers, picking an item from the meatless menu was pretty challenging. We studied the menu for quite a bit before we could decide what we wanted to eat. What's the difference between salad A and salad B? At one point I thought, are we crazy for choosing to have lunch here? We finally settled for two dishes to share and also a dessert for later.

Complimentary olive foccacia with balsamic-olive oil dip, served in a brown bag - warm and soft

Turns out I had nothing to worry about, as Botanical proves that a meat-free meal can be wholly satisfying. The mushroom and asparagus risotto was nicely cooked, rich and comforting. It was topped with a poached egg (which didn't look very nice) but was still runny when we poked the yolk.

Risotto (RM23.90)

We enjoyed the risotto here very much

Runny egg yolk, always a bonus

With so many salads to choose from, I think we picked the right one - the Pear & Avocado salad, was really good.  The sweet pear, creamy avocado, tart white balsamic dressing and salty Parmigiano Reggiano worked well together for a burst of different flavours.

Pear Avocado Salad (RM18.90) - pear, avocado, arugula, white balsamic, parmigiano reggiano, pine nuts

So good we tried reenacting this at home

Service however is a little slow. While waiting for our dessert, we took some photos of the restaurant...

This was recommended to us by our friend Felicia, after she found out we were lunching at Botanical (via Instagram photos). WOW, what a lovely cake it was - decadent chocolate mousse paired with large sweet strawberries. Soon, it became the "fight of the two forks" to see who could eat faster (and more of this). :P

Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake (RM12.90)

Seriously good.

Botanical in Bangsar Village 

Oh, and the reason we were here at Bangsar. To pick up a sibling for my Kitchenaid mixer ;)

Verdict: Great place for a meat-free meal. We were hesitant at first to dine here, but sure was glad that we gave it a go as the food here is very well-prepared and delicious.

Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily

Location: Botanical by BIG, 1F-28 & 1F-K2, First Floor, Bangsar Village 2, No. 1, Jalan Telawi Satu,
Bangsar Baru,59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03 2287 6566

GPS Coordinates: 3.129996, 101.670957


  1. Creamy egg yolk with risotto? Thats a sure win combination for me! Yummy!

  2. oooo, that's an exceptional-looking risotto! y'know, i don't think i've ever seen risotto served with a poached egg anywhere else in kl before. sounds like a great idea! :D

  3. Wow, a very comfortable place to dine. The food look really good :)

  4. Saw this earlier in somebody else's blog. Hmmm...lovely place, all the greenery. Well, at least, there's egg...and mushrooms. I think I'll survive here... LOL!!!

  5. We ordered the Pear Avocado Salad too, simple and nice. :)

  6. It is a brave restaurant to go for meatless! Good choice for your lunch, Yen. I like the risotto that you ordered.

  7. Love the greeneries.. and the vespa!

    I would love to try out the pear avocado salad! Publishing your recipe soon?

    1. Hi Alvin, I will be posting it by next month (hopefully!), have so many backlogs it's unreal!

  8. Nice place, good to go meatless once in awhile :)

  9. Its a nice little spot isn't it? Its good to be reminded that food can still be fun without the meat :) And who needs meat when you have strawberry chocolate mousse cake - wow that looked divine!

  10. The food looks really good esp the risotto with runny egg :D The place looks wonderful !

    But your KA babies makes my mouth water lol

  11. Ooooo! Nice runny egg on top of the mushroom and asparagus risotto =)

    So...who won the "fight of the two forks" in the end?...hehe :P

  12. BiG group is taking over klang valley when it comes with food with cheese I think.

  13. sometimes it's good to have greens i agree! Love the runny egg in the risotto!


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