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

Pork & cider with blue cheese mayo

Prawn with tarragon, lettuce & tomato chilli mayo

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Steak with grilled corn salsa & slaw

Chipotle chicken with tomato, coriander & avocado (DF)

Mixed bean with salsa lettuce & cheese (V)

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Classic tomato, basil & bocconcini  18 (V)

Pork belly, capsicum, olives & rosemary oil 20

Prawn, chorizo & chilli  20

Pepperoni, jalapeno, spinach & olives 20




Seared kingfish with peas, fennel & aniseed 19 (GF)

Crispy duck, pear chutney & sesame caramel 24 (GF/DF)

Crab meat risotto with horseradish cream 19 (GF)

Roast pork neck with caraway, marjoram & apple sauce 22 (DF/GF)

Chargrilled sirloin, carrot puree & roasted vegetables 25 (GF)

Grilled haloumi with honey quinoa, mint & asparagus 16 (V/GF)

Chilli bean curd & broccolini 16 (GF/V/DF)

Cumin chicken skewers with speck & barley risotto 18

Roast lamb rump, toasted couscous & ratatouille 23 (DF)



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.


Sesame chicken, cos lettuce, maple bacon & parmesan with lemon mustard dressing 18 (GF/V)

Cauliflower, green bean, almond & preserved lemon 17 (V/GF/DF)

Softened red cabbage, potato, apple & raisin 18 (V/GF/DF)

Slow cooked lamb, capsicum, fetta & radicchio 22 (GF)


Selection of cheeses with lavosh & fruit bread 9ea

Crab & speck croquettes with saffron mayo 12

Cured salmon with avocado & radish 16 (GF/DF)

Fried squid, sage salt & beetroot with lemon mayo  17 (GF)

Beer battered chips & aioli 8 (V/DF)

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

Marinated olives 8 (V/GF/DF)


4 for $20

Prawn, Pork or Beef

4 for $20

Chicken, Steak or Bean.


Pizza – various flavours $18-20


Chicken, maple bacon & parmesan / 18 (GF/V)

Cauliflower & green bean/ 17 (V/GF)

Cabbage, apple & potato / 18 (GF)

Slow cooked lamb  / 22 (GF)


Seared kingfish / 19 (GF)

Crispy duck / 24 (GF)

Crab risotto / 19 (GF)

Roast pork neck / 22 (GF)

Chargrilled sirloin / 19 (GF)

Grilled Haloumi / 16 (V/GF)

Chilli Bean curd / 16 (V/GF)

Cumin chicken skewers / 18 (GF)

Roast lamb rump / 23 (DF)


Crab & speck croquettes / 13

Cured salmon / 16 (GF/DF)

Fried squid / 17 (GF)

Beer battered chips / 8 (V)

Corn chips / 10 (V)

Olives / 8 (V/GF)


Build your own board.

$9 Each / Cheese boards come with lavosh & fruit bread.

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 Nov 22nd
    Fashion Markets – Sun Dec 6th
    General Markets – Sun Dec 20th
    Fashion Markets – Sun Jan 11th
    General Markets – Sat Jan 24th
    Fashion Markets – Sat Feb 8th
    General Markets – Sun Feb 28th
    Fashion Markets – Sun Mar 28th
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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
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  • 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 *Grilled Haloumi with honey quinoa *Cumin chicken skewers with speck & barley risotto *Pork & cider slider *Chargrilled sirloin, carrot puree & roasted vegetables.

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

*Corn chips with guacamole & salsa *Cured salmon with avocado & radish *Grilled haloumi with honey quinoa *Cumin chicken skewers with speck & barley risotto *Pork & cider slider *Chargrilled sirloin, carrot puree & roasted vegetables *Cauliflower, green bean, almond & preserved lemon salad.

*Our banquet menus can be modified to suit dietary requirements.


Group Feasting


Vale Ale on tap, Geoff Merrill SSB (SA), Geoff Merrill Cabernet/Merlot (SA), Charles De Fere Sparkling (Fra), soft drinks and water

2 hours – 40pp


Vale Ale(SA) on tap, Peroni(ITA) and Pacifico Lager(MEX), an option of two whites, two reds, Charles De Fere sparkling wine(FRA), soft drinks and water

2 hours – 45pp


Vale Ale(SA) on tap, Peroni(ITA) and Pacifico Lager(MEX), house spirits, an option of two whites, two reds, two sparkling wines, soft drinks, water

2 hours – 55pp


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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