If I could pick just one item to eat at Botanica + Co, it would be Sam’s Crab & Crayfish Laksa. This new spot in Bangsar South is all the rage at the moment, commanding a rather impressive lunch crowd when I went, twice.
The laksa has a thick and aromatic broth, with laksa pesto and chilli paste. This comes with a portion of crayfish, tiger prawns, julienned fish cake, silver sprouts and quail eggs. It may seem steep at RM36, but the bowl is loaded and it is good curry laksa.
Lighting is amazing at Botanica + Co and it is a good place to people watch – and to a certain extent, to be seen. That I reckon, gives it a slightly pretentious vibe which was more apparent during my second visit. That aside, photography is easy as there’s plenty of natural light.
I found The Bo+Co Club (RM28) hearty is portion, but the grilled chicken was a tad under-seasoned. I liked that the yolk was runny and there was a decent amount of cheese in the sandwich. Sourdough bread is used here, so expect a bit of bite in this.
If you’re there is a large group, the Tomato Burrata Flatbread (RM27) is a great option. This features Botanica + Co’s house baked flatbread with burrata cheese and caramelised roma tomato for a tangy-sweet zing. There’s also the Bo+Co Truffle Fries (RM24) if burrata isn’t your thing – shoestring fries tossed with truffle oil for aroma, and topped with plenty of shaved parmesan cheese. Nothing to shout about, but it makes a good sharing snack.
A friend of mine said good things about the Pad Thai Salad (RM26), a refreshing combination of poached prawns, vermicelli and crushed peanuts in a bed of greens. Note that this isn’t available during brunch – just lunch onwards.
I tried both the Greek Lamb (RM35) and Chicken Tikka (RM31) pizza, and thought the latter was tastier. The chicken tikka pizza had a base of onions, cilantro and mango chutney, topped with raita to balance the spices. I didn’t care as much for the lamb pizza though it was decent in its own right. This had spiced lamb, mozzarella, feta and olives on top.
Coffee isn’t great here so you’re better off having their juices or tea. The place gets crowded during peak hours so I suggest you get there early (before noon on weekday or before 10am on weekends), else, you’ll have to wait an hour or so for a table.
Food: 6.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: A few hits and misses, but overall, Botanica + Co is worth checking out.
Botanica & Co
G5 Podium, The Vertical,
Bangsar South City,
No. 8 Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 016-965 6422
Mon to Thurs, 11.30am – 10pm
Friday & Eve of Public Holiday, 11.30am – 12am
Sat, 9.30am – 12am
Sun & Public Holidays, 9.30am – 10pm