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“If you visit the Hunter Valley, eat here!”

Restaurant Botanica
Ranked #3 of 74 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $42
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Modern Australian yet regionally distinctive in style, the menu at Restaurant Botanica is focused on seasonality and freshness, perfectly complemented by an award-winning wine list and stunning views looking out across our private vineyard to the Brokenback Mountain Range. The restaurant's very own kitchen garden is the source of many of the herbs and vegetables that add a wholesome and healthy dimension to the dishes.
Reviewed February 19, 2013

The first thing that strikes you on arriving at Botanica is the professionalism and the ambience. The tables are well spaced and staff are friendly and attentive but not obtrusive.

We were staying at Splinters Guest House and having made the booking from there, we were welcomed at Botanica with a glass of sparkling wine. What a beautiful gesture.

First off we were offered some bread with the amuse bouche. Do try the sourdough, which apparently takes 4 days to make. It was as good as any I had when I lived in San Francisco.

Of course, the main reason for visiting Botanica is the food, and it is fantastic. On our 2 visits, I tried the soft shell crab and pork rilettes as starters - both were delightful. For the mains, White River veal and perfectly cooked beef fillet were absolute joys. Portions are generous but not outfacing, so we could still manage the desserts - thank goodness! The date brulee and chocolate parfait were outstanding.

Botanica has a huge wine list and we found some wonderful samples to accompany our meals. If you are unsure, the staff are always on hand with knowledgeable and considered advice.

Overall, I would say that if Michelin stars were to be awarded in Australia, then Botanica would certainly be in the running. It was indoubtedly our most enjoyable dining experience on this trip to Australia.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Botanica was an experience and a half in a beautiful location. We read reviews on trip advisor and decided to go for our 5th weddding anniversary. I booked a few weeks out and got a table near the window with the view of vineyard and the mountains as a backdrop. We were not disappointed, food was amazing and the service was second to none. Would go back again.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Botanica was by far and away the best restaurant of our entire trip to Australia. We enjoyed two nights here and would have happily returned every night until we had exhausted the menu.

It was in a beautiful location in the Hunter Valley and from the moment you entered it was obvious that this place had style,class and and ambience. The restaurant is arranged so that there is plenty of space between tables. The decor is elegant, well-thought out and the service undoubtedly the best we had anywhere. The staff were knowledgeable, enthusastic and seamlessly efficient. They were friendly and fun without being too intrusive. This is a restaurant that evidently chooses and trains its staff well.Service was first class from start to finish.

The food was of the highest quality with fresh ingredients from a chef who has just the right balance between presentation, inventiveness and flawless technique. The quality and consistency of cooking across the piece was incredible.

There was plenty of choice and it is hard to recommend one dish over another. The desserts were historic! Both evenings we left with a wonderful sense of occasion,gastronomic memories and thoroughly indulged on all levels. This is one restaurant that I want to visit again and again.

It has panache oozing out of every corner - I cannot recomend it too highly.

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Thank Cosmos57
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Botanica was recommended by our hotel nearby. The atmosphere of the restaurant with veranda and the choice of food and wine was good. The dinner what we got was the best we have had on our trip in Australia. The portions were not overwhelming but excellent in taste. The service was in line with the quality of the food. They deserve a Michelin star!

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Thank Robert v
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Whilst my girlfriend and I were on a romantic holiday in the Hunter Valley, we decided that we must go out for a sweet and romantic dinner and we picked the most amazing place in the Hunter. I took her there for dinner and the night we had was nothing short of amazing. The service from the moment we sat down at the table to the moment we left was outstanding. The girls that served us throughout the night were delightfully bubbly. Every part of the meal was nothing short of culinary excellence. The meal was full of flavour and beautiful colours and made you want it to never end. The views that look out across the vineyard are beautiful just as the sun is going down and as we stepped out to be picked up at night the place lit up looked amazing. If there is one place to check out whilst you are in the Hunter Valley, make sure its this place.

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