The Botanic Restaurant in Raffles City – Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Fish, and Meats!
Here’s a simple question to start us off; how many vegan joints do you know that somehow accommodates meat lovers?
To be honest, such places are very rare if even available.
Now, imagine having a friend or a family member who’s a vegan or vice versa and you want to go out and have some delicious meal together. In most cases, it becomes quite a dilemma since many restaurants do not cater to both. However, not anymore, thanks to a newly established restaurant: The Botanic.
252 North Bridge Road,
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre
Ph. +65 6837 0995
Located in Raffles City Shopping Center along North Bridge Road, The Botanic is undoubtedly one of the best “unrestricted diet” restaurants in Singapore. It looks like a stylish French garden bistro with nicely fitted alfresco seating. Its scattered potted plants that hang in the ceiling perhaps gives you a clue of what’s about to come on your table.
This restaurant may be located in one of the busiest malls in Singapore, but it’s a planet away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city center.
This place is carefully designed with a colonial-style interior with modern elements. It offers a casual and very relaxing atmosphere for diners looking to indulge in a unique and memorable gastronomic experience while escaping the city life rush. So when I walked in with my very good friend Ana (who’s, by the way, a vegetarian); I couldn’t help but wonder what was in store for us!
I wasn’t surprised as to why The Botanic is becoming very popular.
It had only opened its doors in November 2018, but here it was buzzing with excited diners looking to experience a wide-ranging menu offering vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and omnivore diets.
Basically, The Botanic switches things up a little bit. Its menu focuses on ensuring that its produce is ethical yet very sustainable. While the main aim is to offer diners fresh and eco-friendly nutrient-filled superfoods, whole grains, and gluten-free options. The menu also offers a myriad of free-range, organic meat and seafood offerings.
When I sat down with Ana, I could instantly notice the chef’s travels and experience across the region. The menu showcased a global influence of Singaporean, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Mediterranean and Nyonya cuisines.
The Delicious Food
We started off our gastronomic experience with the vegan kale salad, seed, and grains. At $16; it was full of delicious superfoods such as lentils, shallots, nuts, quinoa, pomegranates, capers, and kale. All mixed with invigorating herby sauces such as golden raisins to make it a very refreshing and tasty vegan dish.
I have to confess that I devoured the Guacamole more than Ana! At $14, this dish somewhat had an exciting mixture of charred corns, Pico de Galo, pickled jalapeno and tostada.
This was a dish that even the most ardent meat lovers would go for. It was indeed super delicious!
From Guacamole, we sampled Charred Eggplant ($18) with Tahini, chickpeas, chermoula and soft herbs.
As if our gastronomic adventure wasn’t over; we sampled the gorgeous Free range Scotch Egg. It brought to the fore a mixture of Falafel, yogurt, tabouli, lemon, and cucumber.
I’m a huge Gnocchi fan. Of course, I had to sample the hit Gnocchi main dish. At $25, it brought forth lots of fresh Parmesan and ricotta cheese, asparagus, peas, preserved lemon and fennel pollen.
For my love of meat and seafood, I had to represent my fellow meat and seafood lovers by sampling the Bluefin Tuna ceviche at a cost of $18. It had avocado, citrus pepper ponzu, and seaweed oil, which not only warmed my belly but also had a lovely edge to it.
To top up this amazingly hearty meal we sampled the unique Vegan Chendol Pavlova dessert at $12. Inspired by Indonesian cuisine; this dessert is a mixture of mango, coconut, jackfruit, salted palm sugar, and an eggless meringue!
And how could I forget the super delicious Rose’ 2017 Meyer-Nakel Spatburgunder
As you can imagine, we were so full that we couldn’t carry on any longer.
I didn’t get down properly for the fish and meat dishes, but I promise I’ll have to do it once more.
I still can’t forget these sweet memories from my dining escapade at The Botanic. This is a truly unique restaurant in Singapore for all types of diets. It offers healthy foods in the heart of Singapore and is definitely worth trying!