A recent Livewell report highlighted the increasing impact on the environment of the food we consume and how it affects climate change. Other environmental articles have also pointed out the importance of sustainable eating – an eating habit that we should all practice to save the planet.
Driven by the same environmental values, Salt Tapas & Bar has went through a total transformation and is now an advocate of conscious and sustainable eating. Now known as ‘The Botanic”, diners can expect to enjoy a myriad of wholesome plant-based vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free plates alongside free-range, organic meat and seafood offerings. On top of that, you can also enhance & complete your dining experience with their wide range of organic and biodynamic wine list as well as their fruit-based cocktail selection. Doesn’t it feel great to be feasting in an eco-friendly establishment? Contrary to most beliefs that sustainable eating is expensive, the price range at The Botanic is also very wallet-friendly!
P/s: Similar to Salt Tapas & Bar, The Botanic celebrates the concept of communal dining and that means you should invite all your loved ones to feast together. Menu is extensive, so it’s best to have more people to try more dishes from the restaurant!
Here’s a compilation of the dishes I had at The Botanic and there were more hits than misses. Portion was great, and the presentation was fine. Ambience and service were ??
Urban Quencher (left) & The Botanic (right) // $18 each
With the weather being so cranky these days, a refreshing drink is needed to cool us down! If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, go for the Urban Quencher – made of Vodka, framboise, fresh watermelon juice, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and salt. The watermelon is more dominant in the drink. If you prefer a stronger kick (me like), go for their signature Botanic – made of Gin infused lemongrass, basil, lime and shaken with egg whites!
Guacamole (GF) // $14
Pico de galo, charred corn, pickled jalapeno, tostada
I’m loving The Botanic’s rendition of guacamole. Chips were well-seasoned and it goes really well with the guacamole dip. There’s a subtle spiciness at the end and LEGIT, this is so darn addictive!
Grilled Haloumi (GF) // $22
Heirloom tomato, sumac, watermelon, pomegranate molasses
This dish was not too bad but I thought the Haloumi was a tad too salty for me. The tomatoes and watermelon were well-seasoned though.
Grilled Squid (GF) // $22
Inked rice, sea herbs, dried tomato, chili
This squid ink pasta was really well-cooked, especially the rice – not too tough or soggy. It was very flavoursome. Squid was also well-seasoned and has a really nice texture. Will I order this again? Yes and Yes! Goes really well with my Botanic drink!
Harissa spiced Spatchcock (GF) // $29
Labneh, smokey eggplant, garlic chives, burnt lemon, verde
You can really tell that the spatchcock was heavily spiced because the flavour was bursting out from my mouth after a bite. Meat was tender and not too dry. Loving the sauce that goes with it. Now, where’s my wine?
Chendol Pavlova (GF)(V) // $12
Coconut, jackfruit granita, mango, salted palm sugar
This was so tasty me and mum didn’t talk while finishing the dessert. While I was hoping the ‘chendol’ flavour to be a tad stronger, this dessert was really good without it. It was not overly sweet and the combination was perfect!
Nearest Mrt Station: City Hall
Location: 252 North Bridge Road, #01-22A, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
What To Order: Guacamole, Squid Ink Pasta and Chendol Pavlova
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8/10
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)