“I recently went to Botanist for brunch.”
“Huh? ..Botanic garden?”
I initially thought that Botanist sounded like Botanic Garden too, which was the first thing that came into my mind upon hearing about this cafe. However, it does resembles one with much efforts invested into its alfresco area decor to achieve a more garden-like theme.
Located along Neil Road, this inconspicuous quaint cafe took some difficulty to find, and could have gone unnoticed as the main entrance is via a quiet side alley on the right side of the shophouse.
We heard it would be crowded on weekends, so we sacrificed our sleep and went on an early Saturday morning for brunch. The cafe was still empty at 8+am and we were the first customers of the day! No regrets because it was also the best time to snap away around its beautiful interior without the crowd.
This quaint cafe may not look visible enough to venture in from the busy main road, but once you enter, its another story. Potted plants hang on one side of the wall, a wall of greens on the other, and cute cactus are placed on some of the wooden dining tables, with lots of natural light streaming in from the open rooftop. It was quite a simple decor and nothing too fancy, but all those embellishments gave the outdoor dining area a more ‘botanic’ feel. (Like a Botanic garden, but with lesser plants you know. 😂) While the wider-spaced alfresco dining area gives off a more relaxing and chilled vibe, there is also limited seatings indoors which seemed more cramped and dark so we opted for the former.
Opened just a month plus ago by the same folks behind Alchemist, Knockhouse Supply Co, and Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters (I have only gone to Pacamara before and it’s been one of my favourites), the new Botanist cafe serves a classic Aussie-inspired brunch with similar items as like the ones in Pacamara. I think the most obvious item and an all-time favourite would be the Breakfast Platter [S$23], which comes with toast, grilled corn, bratwurst sausage, avocado, hash, thick cut streaky bacon, mushroom, tomato, greens and choice of eggs.At S$23, the breakfast platter came in a decently big portion. It was similar to the breakfast platter from Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters in terms of its presentation and taste too. All the components of a breakfast essentials were well executed, making this safest menu option a super comforting brunch dish.
A pile of fries that comes with generous amounts of truffle on top was served, with an aromatic truffle smell waffling in the air for a while. We were instantly elevated to a second level of hungry.
I was impressed by the beautiful presentation of the dish and the fluffiness of those thick pancakes! There is also a thick juicy slab of bacon (similar to the one in the Breakfast Platter) slapped in between the pancakes, supposedly to give a savory touch to the sweet dish. However, the seemingly small pancakes were unexpectedly bigger in actual size once I started digging in, and the dish became slightly one-dimensional and dry after a while that I couldn’t finish it on its own. I’m probably greedy but the dish works well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too!
Overall, the Botanist cafe is a charming place with a lovely ambience and even more wonderful food that will satisfy any cravings for some classic brunch fare and good coffee. Service was prompt and friendly too (ok might be because there wasn’t much customers around in the early morning that day). But there is no denying that we enjoyed our dining experience there very much. Similar to Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters but with a more unique character on its own, The Botanist is proven to be a worthy brunch spot to check out over the weekends.
Address: 74 Neil Road, Singapore 088839
Opening hours: 08:00 – 18:00 (Tues – Sun, Closed Mon)
Last order timing:
Food – 5pm
Beverage – 5.30pm
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