by Fiona Duncan-Steer

The Botanist West Bridgford – New Vegan Menu

The Botanist West Bridgford – New Vegan Menu

I was delighted to discover that yet another Nottingham restaurant has launched their own separate vegan menu – something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime of struggling with very limited choice over the years when dining out…

Of course I took the opportunity to sample the new menu recently in what I can only describe as one of the most delightful and cosy venues I have visited in quite some time- The Botanist really has a knack for interior design as the decor is outstanding.

To start with I went for the Truffle Mushrooms – served on chargrilled ciabattaGreat flavours and very a generous portion size, I would have still been grateful for half of what was offered, but naturally didn’t complain.  Anything with truffle wins my vote, so a worthy start to my vegan dinner.

Next came the Beetroot , red onion  and fig jam tarte tatin –  a good effort with again a good amount of caramalised onion-great if you have a sweet tooth and comes on a bed of puff pastry- not too heavy which is what I liked about this dish -salad with walnuts was also presented on the side.

For dessert my dining partner and I shared each other’s dishes- coconut rice pudding – a small pot of what I can only describe as sticky rice textured pudding with toasted coconut, minted pineapple salsa and raspberry coulis- a very tropical taste and something I have never experienced, but an interesting take on the traditional creamy ambrosia style we have all grown up with.

A few spoonfuls of the Banana, peanut butter & chocolate ice-cream with salted peanut crumb was just enough to satisfy me and what an impressive dish this was- to make a dairy free ice-cream is an mean feet but one that the chef at The Botanist West Bridgford met with ease.

I look forward to seeing how the new vegan menu develops over time and will be returning for another Green Velvet cocktail or two in the coming few weeks.