Veg out – the Botanist, West Bridgford
The Botanist on Bridgford Road opened last autumn on the site of the former ‘Fire and Ice’. Its theme is plant based cocktails using herbs and botanicals.
But on the occasion I visited with my friend we were only interested in its new vegan menu. So with much anticipation our server brought it to us, and then it was decision time
We opted to share the truffle mushroom starter, I ordered the beetroot and fig tart and my companion ordered the Malaysian curry for our main course. Dessert was yet to be decided!
I also love the fact that their website showcases its vegan menu
While we waited for the first course it gave us time to take in our surroundings; lots of exposed brick, a variety of tables for couples to large groups and good music that wasn’t too loud. They also have live music on certain nights.
And then the starter arrived and it looked so appetising.
It had some lovely peppery rocket too and a generous portion of mushrooms. The taste didn’t disappoint either it had a deep intense mushroom flavour, and it was certainly big enough for two (£5.25). I would definitely order it again
You can also view my review online at Nottingham Post
Our main courses were also a feast for the eyes. The Malaysian vegetable curry (£9.95) had such a vibrant colour and chunky vegetables that were definitely al dente
I had a sneaky taste of my friends dish and it was very well flavoured with a nice amount of heat. The addition of peas to the rice provided a pop of colour and some much needed protein. To make the meal more balanced the addition of cashew nuts, edamame beans or tofu would have added protein
My beetroot tart (£8.95) was equally as attractive and just as tasty.
The accompanying generous salad was light and crunchy with crisp apples and walnuts. A flavour that goes really well with beetroot is horseradish, so maybe an adaptation for this dish would be to serve a horseradish dressing.
My empty board says it all!!
On that note what’s your thoughts about boards, especially as a vegan if the board had previously had a steak on it?!
We decided it would be rude not to have a pudding, we chose to share the banana, peanut butter and chocolate ice-cream (£5.50). It made a pleasant change from the ubiquitous fresh fruit salad or sorbet
The taste was amazing but the portion for the price was a bit meagre. A good addition would have been some roasted or griddled bananas
Overall we were really impressed with the separate vegan menu, the service was very efficient and friendly and the surroundings were very comfortable.
Definitely a place that vegans and non vegans can enjoy