"An interesting and well thought-out addition to the trendy eateries in the area, Chifafa offers speedily made, high end kebabs and salads. My partner, who opted for a "box" with rice and salad was very impressed with her lamb. Choosing to avoid meat on this occasion, I went for the halloumi, which was flavoursome and grilled to just the right point. Beer choices were limited to Efes, an oddly authentic touch in a place trying to take the kebab away from its Turkish roots; I would say go the whole hog, then, and serve Rocket Dog, or any one of a number of small batch, local brew beers instead! That point apart, the food was excellent, the premises clean and bright and comfortable and the personnel very helpful, friendly and keen to do their jobs. I gather this place has not been operating long, I wish it well!"
"I am easily taken in by some rustic or even fake rustic charm, so I will admit that I was disappointed to find my Spanish dining experience taking place in a bright basement full of smartly dressed people. I was more than compensated by the selection of excellent sherries and fine dishes. The service was efficient but not intrusive and the price, for what felt to me like a very 'posh nosh' agreeable. I would recommend Fino for a special occasion."
"Knowledgeable staff came up with gluten free options."
"What's not to like? Apart from a hair in the bread...excellent experience!"
"We visited for a second time before a show. We were not disappointed. The food is typically French and outstanding. The staff are very friendly and charming. We will go again and again. A wonderful, quirky and deliciious experience. Thank you, we will always recommend you."
Fans of The Botanist on Sloane Square now have a hang-out in the City – though it may not offer the same “great people (Made in Chelsea stars) watching” experience as the original. The ETM Group venue is one of many new residents at the Broadgate Circle development behind Liverpool Street station.
The new Botanist is split over two floors – a ground floor restaurant and bar and a subterranean late-night Soda Room.
Its interiors are all copper, brass and gold with banquettes, curiosity cabinets and armchairs while outside is an al fresco dining terrace. The bar serves up a variety of wines and beers as well as signature cocktails like the Broadgate Cobber (Marsala Secco, Solerno blood orange liqueur, Belsazar rose, pink grapefruit and kumquats).
Heading up the kitchen is Sam Hawkes, formerly of The Cadogan Arms on the King’s Road. On the all-day menu: Chorizo and spring onion hash with double-fried egg; salt cod and jamon croquettes with saffron aioli; crab fries with smoked Cheddar and aioli; and corn-fed chicken breast, black truffle tagliatelle, broad beans and morels.
There's also a selection of burgers, steaks and fish from Billingsgate. As is de rigueur there will be bottomless brunches at weekends – two courses for £20, three courses for £25 and unlimited prosecco, mimosas, bloody Marys and ETM house wine for an extra £15.
Downstairs the Soda Room offers a drinking den with live music and DJ sets.
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