Botanist Restaurant at Fairmont Pacific Rim – birthday celebration in Vancouver

I’ve been on a quest to find a restaurant that would define what I look for my birthday dinner. Finding a restaurant for your birthday is a challenge I take seriously.

For those that know me, it has to reflect me = sophisticated  and trendy. Remember Kissa Tanto  for last year’s birthday? 🙂

Botanist Restaurant caught my attention and has been on the to-do (food) list.

According to our server, they had a soft launch in late April with an official launch in early May so it’s been opened for four months now. We had to ask for researching purposes. 😉

Botanist is located inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel (1038 Canada Place) in Coal Harbour of Vancouver. This trendy, luxurious, green-earthy theme restaurant is gorgeous and food is fresh, and local. Everyone dressed up for the part and looked trendy on a Saturday night.

The entire menu is creative, not overly done. All the cocktails and food are Instaworthy for presentation.

Our next question was: Is this a fine dining place since it was located inside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Will someone swoop the bread crumbs on the table? Will they notice? The answer is no. And does it matter? You be the judge.

When we arrived, the hostess noticed my floral dress and shoes and thought my birthday dress was very-botanist-like. As we were walking down the hallway, it felt like we were walking down a runway, as if we were supermodels in our high heels. This place is super girly and pretty.

I started with a summery, refreshing cocktail, the Poetry in Motion was beautifully presented and tasted great – it had vodka, elderflower, grapes, rhubarb, lemon and bubbles. Bubbles to celebrate birthday! It was very refreshing! So citrus-y and bubbly.

The names of the cocktails were unique. There is a drink that contained gin, electric daisies, cherry blossom tea, lemon, ginger, cardamom and the name of it summed it up: What the Flower.

For the food, all of us had different tastes in food and ordered the following below and bolded the items that were a hit. I got the seared sablefish.

  • Spring salmon – artichoke agnolotti, asparagus, crispy onions, citrus emulsion,
  • Mustard-crusted chicken – smoked potato, leeks, fennel mousseline, crispy skin
  • Seared Sablefish – onion nage, fermented vegetables, puffed tapioca
  • Beetroot cake – hazelnut, vanilla, gewürztraminer gel, elderflower frozen foam

When the chicken dish arrived, my food partner wasn’t at the table and Botanist put away the dish until they were back. We ended up with a fresh plate of food. The sablefish was cooked to perfection and moist. The sauce was a nice touch.

I received a birthday dessert treat from Botanist. All the treats were in a mini format: Mini gingered candy, mini meringue, and mini macron. It was so cute!

And we shared a beetroot cake to end the evening. Sharing is caring! 🙂

As I read the ingredients on the list, it got more interesting. It had hazelnut, vanilla, gewürztraminer gel, and elderflower frozen foam. What is gewürztraminer gel?

The cake is the most light cake I’ve ever had, so light and airy. Another creative dish. The vanilla cream at the bottom was delicious and the little gewürztraminer bits were like gel champagne.

I want like to try the cocktail lab for next time and skip food overall. The bar is so beautiful, magical in a fabulous hotel.

For those that are curious, did we visit Kissa Tanto afterwards?

We sure did, with a French 75 celebration with my favourite, most caring people in the world. 🙂

Air Canada Enroute did list Botanist as Canada’s Best New Restaurants. Remember how Kissa Tanto rose to fame back in November last year? Here’s the backstory here and last year’s birthday celebration here. Will Botanist have the new crown in 2017?

Summer is ending soon. Until next time!

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