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“Sunday Lunch!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Restaurant Botanica

Restaurant Botanica
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Ranked #3 of 73 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $42
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Point Clare
2 reviews
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“Sunday Lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic lunch with outstanding effort made by staff to cater to allergies. Great food with lots of little extras! Outstanding!

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Thank Foleypf5
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Foleypf5,

We understand that allergies are becoming more and more prevalent, and we take extra care with all of our guests who have particular dietary needs. It is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your lunch with us and that you were able to enjoy our wonderful fresh produce. Hopefully we can provide the same 'outstanding' experience for you again soon.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sitges, Spain
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72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“May just be the best restaurant in Hunter Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2014

We ate at the Botanica a couple of times during our stay at Spicer's Estate (separate review). We often eat in Relais & Chateaux or Michelin Star restaurants so will use those as reference for this review.

Location
The restaurant is located within the Spicer's Estate although it is a stand alone building. The views on the vineyard are very nice and soothing. The room is decorated with a certain country-side elegance with a homey, unpretentious feel.

Food
The food would probably qualify for a 1 Michelin Star. The food is fresh, full of flavor and leveraging local produce. You can opt for a 2 or 3 course meal (or a longer 5 course meal with wine pairing). We did either the 2 or 3 course menu. Having the beef and the king fish as entrees the first day (the fish was a bit overcooked but the beef was amazing) with the scallops and zucchini with ricotta as appetizer (both very nicely done). On the second day we had a veal wrapped in prosciutto and and veal cheeks as entree (again both very nicely done) and foie gras and trout as appetizer (the trout was great with fresh herbs, the foie was OK although not as good as the French although the comparison might be a bit unfair). We also went to the restaurant for breakfast and everything was great (from the pastries, to the home made cereal, the fresh fruit and the eggs). Overall great food, sometimes a bit heavy side but very flavorful.

Service
Great service, attentive and just overall very nice. They remembered details (e.g. Putting a baby chair for us the second day without us asking for our 9-month old or remembering my food allergies). Other than that they just made you feel at home and comfortable.

Overall
Although we haven't been to many restaurants in the area we have heard great things of this place from everyone we spoke to and were just very impressed with the food and service. Highly recommended if you are in the valley.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank cvidela4791
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi cvidela4791,

Wow, what a fantastic review. Thank you very much for taking the time to share it with us. We are very lucky to be situated in such a beautiful wine region, not to mention overlooking the very beautiful Brokenback Range. We are delighted to hear that you were able to dine with us on 2 occasions during your stay. Our focus is on fresh and organic produce (mostly from our own garden) prepared with simple and honest cooking techniques to showcase the freshness of the product. Hopefully we get the chance to see you once again in the Hunter Valley for some more relaxation and delicious food.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Great dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

We recently dined at Restaurant Botanica, and had a lovely time. The food was amazing, the vegetarian menu had several options on it (not something that happens often, we find!), and the ambiance was delightful. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2014
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3 Thank aestivus
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hello aestivus,

Thank you for taking the time to write a wonderful review. It is a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at Restaurant Botanica and that you particularly enjoyed the many vegetarian options that are available. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Sydney, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
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“quality meal and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

the food was divine and the best and the wine was excellent, recommend for that special occassion or quality dining

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank michael t
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Michael,

Thanks for the great review, we love our food and wine too and we're always so happy to hear that our guests enjoyed it as well. Hopefully we will see you again for another special occasion soon.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

We chose this restaurant for our special birthday night and we are so very glad we did. The food was amazing! They catered for my wife's gluten free needs with care. The staff were so helpful and friendly and made us feel so welcome. The atmosphere was warm and romantic. We would recommend Botanica to anyone. Thank you.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Steven B
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SpicersVineyards, Restaurant Supervisor at Restaurant Botanica, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
Hi Steven,

That was such a lovely review, thank you so much for sharing it with us. The chefs are very proud of their artisan breads, for which they only use organic and biodynamic stone ground flours from Demeter Farm Mill in Gunedah, NSW. It is great to hear that your wife was able to enjoy the gluten free option that we have available. Thank you again for the recommendation.

Kind regards,
Clare Bremerkamp
Restaurant Supervisor
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