As Dazzling Cafe closed its doors in orchardgateway, it opened another one at Robertson Quay this month. A new concept called Botany, the casual eatery takes its menu of Western-Asian fusion to the brunch crowd by the river with a bounty of locally-sourced, farm-to-table ingredients.
Just like its neighbors, its vibe here is chill, especially on weekend afternoons. The high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and white marble walls make it a brightly-lit space to relax in, with indoor and alfresco seating that transform from daytime leisure to evening romance, warmed by strings of fairy lights.
The menu takes a wholesome spin, offering salads, soups, pastas, and desserts for the more health-conscious among us, padded with familiar Asian flavors in dishes like Grannyâ€™s Chicken Congee ($12), laksa spaghetti ($22), otah chips ($13), and a mapo tofu rice bowl made with plant-based â€œmeatâ€ by Impossible Foods.
For something heartier, the grilled chicken comes with Balinese salsa ($18), while uni capellini ($28) gets the truffle treatment, and a 250g slab of grass-fed ribeye steak from Australia goes for $28. Other gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free options are also available on the menu, which makes a concerted effort to stay away from MSG and preservatives, and serve organic pastas and wines.
If you were somewhat devastated by the loss of Dazzling Cafeâ€™s classic thick toast desserts, take heart by the fact that youâ€™ll be able to find the honey toasts here in flavors like banana chocolate and strawberry, as well as limited edition creations like avocado chocolate and acai berry.
Botany is at #01-03, 86 Robertson Quay.
6951-4861. Sun-Tues 9am-10pm, Wed-Sat 9am-11pm, closed on Mon after 3pm.
MRT: Clarke Quay/Fort Canning
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