The Man


The Botanist encompasses a worldly mix of tastes and concepts. Situated in the heart of Kirribilli, the site pays homage to Gerard Fothergill, a well-travelled pioneer in the study of plants and spices and their medicinal qualities.

The Botanist has embraced Gerard’s legacy in the form of fine produce, exotic spices, the spirit of adventure and a thirst for knowledge, easily quenched with a well-poured Botanist gin, just as Gerard would have liked it.

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Gerard Fothergill was born in the small English village of Barrington in 1868. His early explorations, at the request of Queen Victoria herself, saw him travel through Southern India and the Western Coast of Africa.

He also spent many years in the Middle East, particularly Lebanon, where his research focused on the Gundelia thistle, a much-savoured ingredient in many of the regions traditional dishes. It was here that he wrote an article for the British Scientific Journal titled ‘Wondrous Desert Thistles: The fountain of youth.’

Gerard is said to have spent his final years at the current site of The Botanist Kirribilli.

To Eat

Lunch & Dinner


Classic beef with cheese, gherkin & relish

Chicken schnitzel with slaw, tomato chilli mayo, cranberry sauce

Pork & cider with blue cheese mayo

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Steak with grilled corn salsa & slaw

Chipotle chicken with pineapple salsa, avocado

Mixed bean with salsa lettuce & cheese (V)

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Margherita 18 (V)

Pepperoni, jalapeno, spinach & olives 20

Prawn, chorizo & chilli  20

Grilled mediterranean vegetables, labna 18 (V)




Pan-fried haloumi, peas, mint, lemon, tabasco dressing 17 (V/GF)

Crisp calamari bean sprouts, herbs, chilli dressing 18 (GF/DF)

Vitello Tonnato – poached veal, tuna mayo, curried egg mimosa, rustic crumb 20

Scotch fillet, zucchini salad, rosemary, bone marrow butter 25 (GF)

Spiced tuna poke, avocado, rocket, corn chips 20

Pork loin, crumbed belly, gribiche, crackling 22

Seared salmon, dukkah, pickled dutch carrot, radish, dill 20 (GF)

Fried buttermilk chicken drumettes, smoked harissa mayo 18

Pan roasted barramundi fillet, cleriac, sauce vierge 24 (GF)


The Botanist Lunch

$30 pp

Dinner with a Bunch

$40 pp

The Banquet menus are designed by head chef Timo Vogel and are a hand-picked selection of his most popular share plates.

please see groups page for details


Slow roast lamb salad, capsicum, feta, mint yoghurt 20 (GF)

Grilled asparagus, almond, pomegranate, green olives 16 (V/DF)

Black quinoa, prawn, shaved cauliflower, green mango 24 (GF/DF)

Watermelon, rocket, walnut, mint feta 19 (V)


Beer battered chips & aioli 8 (V/DF)

Corn & chorizo croquettes, chipotle mayo 12

Selection of cheeses, peach chutney, fruit bread, lavosh 10/18/24 (V)

Duck liver pate, port jelly, brioche, caperberries 18

Corn chips with guacamole & salsa 10 (V/GF/DF)

Garden salad 8 (V/GF/DF)

Marinated olives 8 (V/GF/DF)


4 for $20

Chicken Schnitzel, Pork or Beef

4 for $20

Chicken, Steak or Bean.


Pizza – various flavours $18-22


Slow cooked lamb / 20(GF)

Grilled asparagus, pomegranate / 16 (V/DF)

Prawn, black quinoa / 24 (GF/DF)

Watermelon, rocket, walnut, mint, feta / 19 (V)


Pan-fried haloumi / 17 (V/GF)

Crisp calamari / 18 (GF/DF)

Poached veal / 20

Scotch fillet / 25 (GF)

Tuna poke / 20

Pork loin / 22

Seared salmon / 20 (GF)

Fried buttermilk chicken drumettes / 18

Pan roasted barramundi / 24 (GF)


Beer battered chips / 8 (V)

Corn & chorizo croquettes / 13

Cheese board / 10/18/24

Duck liver pate / 18

Corn chips / 10 (V/GF/DF)

Garden salad / 8 (V/GF/DF)

Olives / 8 (V/GF/GF)

To Drink



Slider Bar


  • The famous Botanist slider bar will be appearing at the Kirribilli Markets from 8:30am on the following dates:
  • General Markets – Sat 23rd May
    Fashion Markets – Sun 14th June
    General Markets – Sat 27th June
    Fashion Markets – Sat 12th July
    General Markets – Sat 25th July
    Fashion Markets – Sat 9th August
    General Markets – Sat 22nd August
    Fashion Markets – Sat 13th September
    General Markets – Sat 26th September
    Click here to stay in the loop. 


  • House made grapefruit lemonade


Log Book

Gerards Journal

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  • 24/11/2015
  • Press
  • The Urban List features us as a top place for where to go for a lunch with the girls
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  • 18/12/2014
  • Press
  • Urban List features The Botanist in "Sydney's Best Espresso Martini's"
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  • 02/10/2014
  • Press
  • Mosman Daily features The Botanist in its Small Bites - Weekly Round Up.
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  • 02/10/2014
  • Press
  • Mademoiselle Mange à Sydney attends the Spring Menu Launch
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  • 30/09/2014
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  • The Social Diary attends our exclusive Spring Menu Launch
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  • 01/10/2014
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  • Social 101 reveals all regarding The Botanist's Spring Menu Launch...


Feasting & Beverage Packages

Group Feasting

Organising a group of friends or work colleagues for lunch or dinner?
The Botanist makes booking for groups easy. Just turn up and relax.  You and your friends will enjoy a selection of our best share plates…

The Botanist Lunch 30pp (Available until 4pm)

*Corn chips with guacamole & salsa (V/GF/DF) *Pan fried haloumi, peas, mint, lemon & tabasco dressing (V/GF) *Slow roast lamb salad, capsicum, feta & mint yoghurt (GF)  *Scotch fillet, zuccini salad, rosemary & bone marrow butter (GF) *Classic beef, cheese, gherkin & relish sliders.

Banquet with a bunch 40pp (Available lunch & dinner)

*Marinated olives (V/GF/DF) *Corn chips with guacamole & salsa (V/GF/DF) * Pan-fried haloumi, peas, mint, lemon & tabasco dressing (V/GF) *Slow roast lamb salad, capsicum, feta & mint yoghurt (GF) *Scotch fillet, zucchini salad, rosemary & bone marrow butter (GF) *Classic beef, cheese, gherkin & relish sliders *Chipotle chicken, pineapple salsa & avocado tacos 

Our banquet menus can be modified to suit dietary requirements.


Group Feasting


Endeavour Pale Ale (NSW), Dunsborough Hills SBS (WA), Geoff Merrill Cabernet/Merlot (SA), Varichon et Clerc Sparkling (Fra), soft drink.

2 hours – 45pp


Endeavour Pale Ale (NSW), Peroni (ITA), Pacifico Lager (MEX), 2 white wines, two red wines,Varichon et Clerc sparkling wine(FRA), soft drink.

2 hours – 50pp


Endeavour Pale Ale (NSW), Peroni(ITA), Pacifico Lager(MEX), house spirits, 2 white wines, 2 red wines, 2 sparkling wines, soft drink.

2 hours – 60pp


Bookings & Functions

To book a table online for 7 people or less, click on the above link. For bookings of 8 people or more, please contact us directly on (02) 9954 4057 or email:

No reservation? No problem. We book half of the restaurant and allow the other half for walk-ins. If we can’t seat you when you arrive there is plenty of space at the bar and the waiting area where the full dinner menu is also available.

If you wish to learn about our function options please send through your details using our enquiry form to the right. We have various food and beverage packages available and can cater for dietary requirements.


Your booking will be held for 20mins after the reservation time. In relation to the banquet menu, The Botanist needs to be informed of any guest cancellations at least 24 hours in advance or full payment of that guest is required.




17 Willoughby Street
Kirribilli, Sydney
(Enter via Broughton Street.
Look for the light above the door)

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No. 02 9954 4057

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Monday & Tuesday for dinner
Wednesday to Friday for lunch & dinner
Saturday & Sunday for lunch & dinner

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