Botany Cafe; A chill in garden-themed cafe

Botany true to its name, a garden themed cafe located along the quaint stretch of Robertson Quay. They aim to serve delectable creations with a blend of East and West flavors. It is run by the same team behind Dazzling Cafe, which include the actress Julie Tan, her childhood friend and cousin.

Walk through the open porch decked with white tables and benches before entering into the cafe, beautifully in white with lushes of potted greenery. The whole environment was very soothing and relaxing, perfect for the weekend brunch or an afternoon tea.

They do have a very extensive menu ranging from Baked Goods & Pastries to Appetizer and Soups followed by Main Courses which varies from the healthy choice of Salad Protein Bowls to All Day Breakfast, Asia Fusions, Mains & Pasta and ending with a selection of Desserts. Their drinks menu are pretty huge too.

I ordered their Cold Botany Mocha Mojito ($8) but was kind of disappointed. Could neither taste the essence of Mocha nor Mojito. They could probably do better in their drinks!

We ordered their Taiwanese Chicken Bites ($13) for sharing and for myself, the Rosemary Orange Duck Confit as main. Their Taiwanese Chicken Bites is all well deserved for all the highly raved reviews. Deep fried chicken thigh bites well seasoned with salt and pepper was hot on the outside and juicy on the inside. A bit into it, sends the juice oozing out of the meaty meat. They are generous with their chicken thigh meat, it’s unlike those thickly battered chicken bites where you could not really see or taste the meat. Pretty addictive I must say!

I was contemplating between their Uni Truffle Capellini ($28) or the Rosemary Orange Duck Confit but eventually decided on the latter as I had too much pasta for the past few days or even weeks. I was satisfied with my choice. The duck leg was pan-seared to golden on their skin leaving it crispy while the meat was tender and tears apart easily. Flavor of the dish was well balanced between the citrusy orange sauce with a little subtle sweetness to it and savory brown sauce. Mash was buttery and creamy smooth.

Here we are not forgetting to end our meal with a dessert! Latest in trend – Burnt Basque Cheesecake. The cheesecake is very rich and dense in flavor with a little caramelized flavor and slight crusty texture at the edges. Definitely for sharing or over a cup of tea, otherwise it does get a little too overwhelming on the palette after awhile.

We are pretty happy with our food choices while the drinks could be done better. The ambiance was laid-back, and if you happen to get the window seat, it’s the perfect spot to spend your afternoon people watching. (:

86 Robertson Quay, #01-03, Singapore 238245

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