We visited the Hunter Valley as part of my Dad's 7 week holiday to Australia from the UK. My Dad is a HUGE foodie and declared on our way to the airport last weekend the meal we had at Botanica was the best he had had during his stay (& we have been to 21 restaurants in that time!!)
Not only was the food second to none, the staff were amazing and totally faultless. The feel you get when you walk into Botanica was like you were in someone's house - a very comfortable, and relaxed environment to eat a beautiful meal in.
I am a vegetarian and my choice was perfect (not the usual boring and thoughtless goats cheese tart or salad!) clearly a lot of thought had gone into the menu which was very much appreciated. I am also a pudding freak (I always check the puddings before my main to see what I want/gauge how much I can eat prior to pudding arriving!) and the pudding here was the best pudding I have ever had.....ever!
Just to put this into context, and to prove no bias, we went to Muse on our first night in the Hunter (which was lovely) however, as an overall experience, and without this being over critical of Muse - the food, staff and experience were much, much better at Botanica.
My Dad has gone home with a very happy memory of a very beautiful place in every sense of the word. Not only does Botanica deserve to be voted the best restaurant in the Hunter, it deserves a Hat!
Can't wait to come back again soon!
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