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The Botanist Spring Dinner
The Botanist Kirribilli
30 September 2014
The Botanist Kirribilli - Intimate Spring Dinner
Last night Kirribilli's first small bar and restaurant, The Botanist, held an intimate VIP dinner to launch its spring menu and introduce new head chef Timo Vogel. 60 media and celebrities attended.
Timo has worked in restaurants around the world, and his most recent tenure was at Garfish Seafood Kirribilli. Timo created the new menu to reflect the start of the warmer season, and last night showcased grazing plates expertly paired with matching wines provided by Young & Rashleigh at a relaxed three course dinner. Upon arrival guest were treated to a chilled glass of Villa Sandi Prosecco Veneto from Italy, then after mingling at the bar they were seated for a delicious three courses matched with wine, and dessert to finish.
To start two entrÃ©es were served, grilled halloumi with honey quinoa and beetroot cured salmon with avocado, which were matched with Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris from Marlborough. For mains there was seared kingfish with pea puree, fennel & aniseed and roasted lamb rump on toasted couscous & ratatouille, accompanied by Teusner The Family Shiraz, from Barossa. Dessert was a delightful bouquet from The Botanist garden, including lemon curd, sponge cake, chocolate soil & herbs served in a flower pot.
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 book shop 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.