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SOCIAL SPY**The Botanist Kirribilli Turns One!

On Tuesday night Kirribilli’s first small bar and restaurant The Botanist, which is owned by Applejack Hospitality, who is behind successful Sydney restaurants Bondi Hardware and recently opened SoCal Neutral Bay, held a huge birthday party to celebrate turning one year old. Over 200 locals, friends, media and celebrities attended, including Teri Haddy, Demi Harman, Tim Blackwell, Tara Rushton, Nacho Pop, and Scott Gooding, and the event was a lively night of celebration which continued late into the evening! Sydney Social 101 was there to provide a sneak peek into the VIP party!

 The Botanist 1st Birthday - Cocktails

Upon arrival guests were treated to a choice of two cocktails, the Barrington Boutique – made with Ketel One, lime juice, raspberry jam sugar syrup, cranberry juice and a dash rhubarb bitters, and Fothergill Punch – consisting of Pampero Especial, lime juice, orgeat, pineapple juice and a dash of cherry bitters. Charles De Fere French sparkling, wines by Geoff Merrill and Vale Ale & Vale IPA were also served. James Privett, Applejack Group Executive Chef, served guests delicious tasters from the new autumn menu such as the ever popular classic beef sliders, white fish ceviche lettuce cups, broccoli & blue cheese arancini, lamb & harissa sausage rolls and garlic prawn & noodle salad.

BenCarroll, Hamish Wash

BenCarroll, Hamish Wash

The restaurant’s name references illustrious Botanist Gerard Fothergill who travelled the world researching plants, and whose last years of his life were spent running a small bookshop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, creating food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs and spices.

Demi Harman & Teri Haddy, The Botanist 1st Birthday, Kirribilli

Demi Harman & Teri Haddy, The Botanist 1st Birthday, Kirribilli

www.thebotanist.com.au

What’s on: The Botanist Launches Its Spring/Summer Menu

The weathers heating up and so is The Botanist Kirribilli, launching their new Spring/Summer menu designed by recently appointed head chef Mark Williamson (formerly Head Chef at the Bayswater Diner in Kings Cross). The menu is perfect for sharing with friends on long hot sunny days, and includes dishes such as crab hush puppies with Louie sauce; sashimi kingfish crudo with chives, avocado and jalapeno; haloumi with cauliflower tabouleh; Potato gnocchi, braised cherry tomatoes, basil, ricotta and walnuts, and of course the old favourites – taco’s, sliders and pizza’s – remain but with some fresh new flavours to choose from!

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The restaurant’s name references illustrious Botanist Gerard Fothergill who travelled the world researching plants, and whose last years of his life were spent running a small bookshop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, creating food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of locally sourced fresh produce, herbs and spices which are available during the Spring/Summer season.

TBK exterior

The Botanist caters to its surrounds perfectly and is Kirribilli’s first small bar and restaurant. Combining the historical with the modern to create a winning formula, The Botanist continues to bring some much needed spice to the local area.

TBK Interior

www.thebotanist.com.au

What’s on: Spice it up – The Botanist

Botanist has been spicing up the Kirribilli area since they opened their doors four months ago.To keep spicing things up they’re now launching a new innovative cocktail and food menu, as well as a pioneering new website.

The restaurants name references illustrious Botanist Gerard Fothergill who travelled the world researching plants, and whose last years of his life were spent running a small bookshop in the very building the restaurant now occupies. The Botanist pays homage to these historical and botanical themes of exploration and discovery, creating food and cocktail menus using abundant offerings of fresh produce, herbs and spices.

The global share plate menu, designed by head chef Justin Walshe (formerly of Bathers’ Pavilion), is made for exactly that, sharing, with dishes including salt & pepper encrusted squid, soft polenta with sautéed mushrooms, and a slow roasted whole pork knuckle.The launch of the new food menu this month will include exciting additions with a Mexican flare such as soft shell tacos with the choice of marinated beef, chilli chicken, grilled fish or spiced mixed vegetables, Quesadillas of chicken and sweet corn.

Co-owner Hamish Watts has also constructed a new cocktail menu that continues to reflect the Botanist themes with simple and elegant flower and spiced infusions, keeping in tune with what he believes people really want, put simply and in his own words “Enjoyable, classically made drinks with flare, focusing on fresh, lively flavours”. New additions include the Flower Doctor made with Botanist Gin, tequila based Mexican Garden and a new share cocktail called Grandma’s Vase.

The Botanist’s new responsive web site design works seamlessly across desktop and hand-held devices. You can gain access to food and beverage menus, find out information about functions or group bookings and even read Gerard’s Log Book where you will find the latest news, press and events for the Kirribilli Botanist. The Botanist caters to its surrounds perfectly and is Kirribilli’s first small bar and restaurant. Combining the historical with the modern to create a winning formula,
The Botanist continues to bring some much needed spice to the local area.

Keep your eyes peeled for Sydney Social’s VIP coverage of the official launch!

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