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Botanica + Co, Bangsar South

Botanica + Co, Bangsar South

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.

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Sam’s Crab & Crayfish Laksa

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Good stuff

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.

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Love the ambiance here

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Calm before the storm

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.

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The Bo+Co Club

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Good portion

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.

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Tomato Burrata Flatbread

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Bo+Co Truffle Fries

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.

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Pad Thai Salad

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.

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Chicken Tikka Pizza

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Greek Lamb Pizza

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.

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Flat white at Botanica Deli

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.

Ambiance: 7.5/10
Price: 6/10
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
Business hours:
Mon to Thurs, 11.30am – 10pm
Friday & Eve of Public Holiday, 11.30am – 12am
Sat, 9.30am – 12am
Sun & Public Holidays, 9.30am – 10pm
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