The Botanica Vaucluse
Nestled behind The Mark Moran complex in Vaucluse, The Botanica Vaucluse is the hidden gem where seriously nourishing food is king. When it comes to the perf combo of fresher-than-fresh food, top-notch service and a beautiful dining room, these guys nail it. Their focus is on locally-sourced, organic ingredients and if it weren’t so damn tasty, the food would almost be too gorge to eat (we said almost!).
Headed up by Executive Chef Perry Hill, each and every dish strikes a balance between handmade, healthy and totally Insta-worthy. The menu utilises produce from a 65-acre farm in the Jamberoo Valley that uses organic and permaculture principles because The Botanica is that passionate about sustainability and living their farm to table ethos. Anything that doesn't come direct from their farm is sourced from Cook's Co-Op in Sackville—we weren't kidding when From the house-distilled gin to the wellness experiences (did we mention this place has a spa too?) and the fresh Palm Springs-style decor.
As for the food, every dish is centred around three to four ingredients to show a snapshot of the season that inspired it. For autumn and winter that means dishes like sweet potato gnocchi, rhubarb tarts (with the rhubarb sourced straight from the farm, of course) or grilled baby gem lettuce with a Red Gate Farm quail, toasted almonds and figs drizzled with vin cotto.
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s never too late to get your hands on some of goodness coming over the pass at this place. It must also be mentioned that all of that goodness extends to the bar. This may just be our favourite part because who doesn't love the sound of a Garden Grove Spritz?
If you want even more (you greedy little things, you) then you'll be pleased to know they're also launching the Valley Farm Café this July so you can buy the farm goods for home.
Image credit: Nikki To