Breakfast at The Botanist

Je connaissais The Botanist en soirée, parenthèse pétillante sur Sloane Square pour savourer un cocktail. L’atmosphère y est tellement électrique que fasciné par la mode londonienne et butinant d’une conversation à une autre, on prend peu le temps de regarder les lieux. A l’heure du petit-déjeuner, la lumière est belle, la salle calme. On y retrouve la douceur des bistrots chic de Paris. On vient s’y réveiller, autour d’un café, des journaux du matin, sans penser à l’heure. Le regard se perd dans les illustrations botaniques, un mur entier, une précision étonnante. Un cocon couleur crème et caramel, notes boisées, banquettes de cuir, lustre  en verre taillé…I always go to The Botanist in the evening, after a day shopping on King’s Road, a stroll at the Saatchi Gallery. Great place for cocktail, busy and buzzing, fantastic London fashion, jumping from one conversation to another. I recently stopped by for breakfast and what a different atmosphere, so soothing, so peaceful, the perfect room to wake up slowly. It has a French bistrot feeling –  ask for a coffee, a home baked croissant, grab the moning papers. Take your time, enjoy the cream and caramel surrounding, the curves, really look at the amazing wall of botanical engravings. The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunchComme une envie de couleur. Un plateau passe, verres aux teintes gaies, on se penche donc sur la carte des jus de fruit, pressés à la demande. Tiens, pourquoi pas faire le plein de vitamines avec un jus de carottes velouté? Ou une dose de fraîcheur acidulée avec le Mint Lift, jus d’anans, pomme et menthe, une palette de verts superbes qui réveille les papilles.It was a lovely sunny day –  those are to be cherished in England –  and I fancied a splash of colour. In a very optimistic thought (yes, sun WILL stay, let’s prepare the skin for it), I opted for a almost silky carrot juice, full vitamin dose. I love that fruit juice is pressed on demand and is always super fresh here. look at the Mint Lift: isn’t this the most beautiful palette of green? Pineapple, apple and mint of course, extra tasty.The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunchSaviez-vous que c’est à Hans Sloane que l’on doit l’arrivée du cacao en Angleterre et même la recette du lait chocolaté? Pour lui rendre hommage, The Botanist sert un chocolat chaud onctueux, légèrement sucré, avec une mousse légère comme un  nuage saupoudrée d’éclats de cacao. Le luxe? Il s’accompagne d’une bâton de chocolat Rococo à faire fondre doucement dans sa tasse…Remember –  we are on Sloane Square. Did you know Hans Sloane brought cacao back to the Uk and even invented its preparation with milk? In his honour, The Botanist serve a superb hot chocolate, slightly sweet, with a cloud like foam, sprinkled with cacao flakes. And a pure luxury touch: a Rococo chocolate stick to crunch on or to be used as a stirrer for a slow-melting effect.
The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunchA vos fourchettes! La carte propose saumon et oeufs brouillés, porridge, granola, avocat sur toast, sgravad lax à l’aneth sur pain rye avec ricotta et coriandre, croissants maison… Nous avons craqué pour les oeufs pochés sur muffin chaud. Plus besoin de choisir: vous pouvez demander, dans la même assiette, Florentine et Benedict. Epinards fondants, jambon savoureux, jaune riche et sauce citronnée superbe, saupoudrée de ciboulette.Hungry? Grab a fork. There is a whole page of treats on the menu, from salmon and scrambled eggs, porridge, granola, soft boiled hen eggs with Marmite soldiers, dill cured gravad lax/rye toast/ricotta, coriander/caper and red onion salad… We went for the classic poached eggs with a slight twist. No need to choose anymore, you can have one Florentine and one Benedict on the same plate. Creamy spinach, beautiful ham, hot muffins, rich egg yolk, lemony sauce sprinkled with chives. I don’t know why –  it simply makes me happy in a second. Simple comfort food with great ingredients.
b The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunchEnvie de bouleverser l’English Breakfast? Choisissez cette version plus healthy et riche en textures. Streaky bacon croustillant que l’on mangera, comme une enfant, avec les doigts, juste pour le plaisir. On aimerait presque l’utiliser en mouillette sur un oeuf coque… Tomates rôties, pousses d’épinards, fritters de mais réhaussés d’une salsa avocat-tomate-onion à tomber. Autant vous dire que l’assiette se dévore littéralement!But if you want a real change from the usual English Breakfast choices, there is a lovely healthy option to go for. Delicious sweetcorn fritters, roast vine tomato, smoked streaky bacon, baby spinach and a tangy, to-die-for avocado salsa. The bacon is so crunchy, I felt like a kid facing French fries, I just had to eat it with my fingers. Oh, I so need to have this next time with a boiled egg and dip it in the yolk!The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunch The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunchSur les conseils de notre serveuse, nous osons le smoothie à l’épinard, justement nommé Popeye. Allié à la pomme, il se fait suprenamment doux, ultra-rafraichissant. Comme de croquer dans une pomme juste cueillie avec une note plus tendre en fond. Drink your greens. Discussing the fantastic fruit juice with our waitress, we followed her advice and tasted the Popeye. Yes, as you can guess, this involves spinach. And apple. Drink your greens! It proves… suprisingly addictive, very refreshing, like crunching in a green apple straight form the tree but with a more tender note as a finish.
The Botanist, sloane square, london, chelsea, cocktail, smoothie, fruit juice, popeye, mint lift, breakfast, pancake, bacon, sweetcorn fritter, hot chocolate, rococo, brunchIrrésistible –  l’appel des pancakes nous fit oublier toute raison. Le plat attire immédiatement l’attention des tables alentours, fait saliver sur son passage. Epais, moelleux, riches en myrtilles juteuses, imbibés de sirop d’érable, surmonté de bacon… Une belle alliance de sucré-salé. Une adresse où l’on aimerait bien se téléporter tous les matins, tiens.Another look at the menu and we lost all sense of reason. We were full –  it had been delicious so far, with generous plates. But we saw the words buttermilk pancakes. It smells gorgeous, attracted the other tables’ attention on its way to us. moist, thick pancakes, filled with juicy blueberries, soaked in maple syrup and topped with bacon. Sweet and salt well balanced. Gorgeous. Could someone Star-Trek-beam me there every morning, please?

The Botanist
No.7 Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8EE
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1 Comment

  1. May 24, 2013 / 05:56

    Encore une belle adresse !!

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