I am actually writing this the day after that we visited The botanist Manchester deansgate, as I didn’t want to forget anything and miss something off the review. We were kindly invited by the team at The Botanist to review the new menu, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I love the botanist (and have been to two prior events here and here), but I have only been to the botanist Manchester deansgate once, so I was excited to go back and try the food. I always associate the botanist with their fab cocktails, so I was excited to see if the food lived up to the standards of the cocktails.
When we arrived, we were seated quickly and received our first round of cocktails. We both went for the raspberry diseranno sours, which is my favourite ever cocktail from the botanist. Not only does it taste great, but it is served in a plantpot with dry ice steaming out of it. It looks incredible, and definitely the cocktail I would recommend the most from the ones I have tried.
Of course the decor at the botanist Manchester deansgate is to die for, like all of the restaurants are. I love all of the greenery, and the fact that it feels cosy whilst still keeping a ‘special’ feel. We really felt like we were being treating, and I think the decor plays a big role in this. I wish my future house looks like the botanist decor… its so beautiful!
After receiving our cocktails, we then placed our order for our food. Something to note is that the menu is not detailed at all, for example I had the chicken kebab and the menu just stated ‘chicken hanging kebab’, with no mention of what other things are featured in the dish, such as the peppers or onion. Another example of this is our dessert, we were expecting just brownie but it was actually brownie, marshmallow and waffles… but the menu just stated brownies. This didn’t effect me or my boyfriend because we don’t have allergies, but it is worth knowing that if you do have allergies you may need to contact the restaurant beforehand, or speak to the servers whilst you are there. Best to be on the safe side!
We decided to order two starters and share them, so we could try more than one dish. We went for the salt and pepper wings, and the calamari. Both were really nice, but the salt and pepper wings were definitely my stand out favourite… potentially of the whole night. They tasted so good!
There was then a little gap between our starters and our mains, and I took that opportunity to order another cocktail. This time I went for the ‘Tiki Thyme’, and lets be honest… I only chose this one because it was served in a koala glass! It actually tasted really nice though and I would definitely order it again, plus 25p from every sale of this cocktail goes towards the Tim bacon foundation. I thought this was a really nice idea, good job The botanist!
The hanging kebabs feature a lot on their new menu, so of course we had to try them. Our mains were definitely something that I would have again, which is surprising because its not what I would typically order at a restaurant. I ordered the chicken one, and my boyfriend ordered the ‘surf n turf’. It came served with roasted peppers (my favourite) and onion, and then the waitress kindly poured garlic butter down the whole kebab, onto the chips that were served at the bottom of the kebab (to catch the garlic butter). Not only did it taste good, but the idea and the way it was presented was amazing, and like nothing I have had in a restaurant before. I would definitely order it again!
The dessert had to be the star of the show. We ordered the ‘brownie hanging kebab’ to share because we were so full, but we couldn’t resist trying this. The brownie hanging kebab was served in the same style as earlier, instead caramel sauce was poured over into a bowl of ice cream. The actual kebab contained brownie pieces, toasted marshmallows, and waffles topped with candy floss… I was in love! I don’t know what happened but in 2019 I discovered my sweet tooth, so this really appealed to me. Its very big though, I would definitely recommend sharing!
I couldn’t fault the service at the botanist Manchester deansgate, everything was served super quickly and our waitress was lovely. Obviously this is a little bit of a biased argument, as I’m not sure whether the service is faultless all of the time (I can’t see why it wouldn’t be) or whether we were just getting special treatment because of the nature of our invitation. Everyone we were sat around seemed to be getting good service too, and overall it was a very nice experience.
So thats how I found the botanist Manchester deansgate! Overall the new menu is really nice, and I would definitely recommend trying it out. I think my favourites were the brownie hanging kebab and the salt and pepper wings to start. Thank you so much to the team at the botanist for the invitation for me and my boyfriend, we had such a lovely evening and I am sure we will be back in the near future. If you want to check out the new menu then click here to be redirected, I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
(This press invite was paid for in return for an honest review, however all opinions and photos remain my own.)