The Botanist

The Chelsea Flower show may be a long distant memory especially now it is autumn. But that doesn’t mean Chelsea is a barren land.

Take The Botanist on Sloane Square. Most nights are guaranteed to be buzzy with a crowd of people spilling out onto the street. Normally when I go there, I hang out in the bar area but last week I tried their restaurant for the first time and what a discovery it was.

The art deco inspired dining hall with its atmospheric lighting and elegant botany themed art at the back create exactly the type of environment I love: stylish and warm.

I had half a dozen juicy oysters for my starter and for my main I had the duck with foie gras ballotine. My main was given an interesting and delicious twist with the Muscat grape purée and star anise jus.

Instead of pudding, I decided on a Martini and had the King’s Robe: fresh watermelon with rhubarb liqueur and vodka with the rim of the glass sprinkled in rhubarb sugar. My kind of dessert. So far, this cocktail is at the top of the leader board in my search for the signature Chelsea cocktail. It was simply yummy.

Later in the week, I popped into the Cath Kidston AW fashion show on the King’s Road. In keeping with this season’s trends, the Nelson Tweed Coat is perfect for something military. In a shop full of floral, this coat is one example of Cath Kidston balancing its signature style with fashion.

I really can’t wait until the winter lights dress the trees of Sloane Square. This is my favourite time of the year!

Mina Zaher

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