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


Pork, pickled slaw, spicy BBQ sauce

Classic beef, gherkins, pickled onion, cheese, tomato relish

Pulled chicken, charred corn salsa

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Beef brisket, white slaw, guacamole, onion relish (DF)

Chipotle chicken, tomato salsa, white cabbage

Mixed bean, lettuce, cheese, smoky corn (V)

4 pieces for $20

Extra piece only $5


Margherita  18 (V)

Garlic prawns, prosciutto, spinach, salsa verde  22

Haloumi, chorizo, rocket  20

Pepperoni, jalapeno, olives 20


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

Grilled pork skewers, yoghurt, red pepper salsa  22

Chipotle beef short ribs, herbed potato salad  24 (DF/GF)

Grain fed scotch fillet 300g, potato gratin, salsa verde   26 (GF)

Saffron risotto, king prawns, fennel, cherry tomatoes 22

Roast lamb rump, artichoke, peas, barley, fennel vinaigrette  26

Pan fried haloumi, couscous, tomatoes, pesto verde  18 (V)

Pan fried barramundi fillet, curry roasted cauliflower, black olive, parsnip puree 25 (GF)

Seared gin cured salmon, kohlrabi, apple & currant salad  22 (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, capsicum, feta, mint yoghurt 20 (GF)

Chilli roasted pumpkin salad, shaved zucchini, pumpkin seeds, feta, basil yoghurt 17 (V/GF)

Rocket, honey roasted pear, parmesan, farro, lemon mustard dressing 19 (V)

Coconut poached chicken, mango, avocado, almond  22 (DF)


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

Marinated Kalamata & Sicilian olives  8 (V/GF/DF)

Selection Australian cheeses, pear chutney, fruit bread, lavosh 10/14/18 (V)

Beer battered chips, rosemary salt, aioli 8 (V/DF)

Polenta chips, three cheese sauce  10 (V/GF)

Pea & feta croquettes, minted mayo  14 (V)


4 for $20

Chicken, Pork or Beef

4 for $20

Chicken, Beef brisket or Bean.


Pizza – various flavours $18-22


Slow cooked lamb / 20 (GF)

Chilli pumpkin salad, zucchini / 17 (V/GF)

Rocket, honey roasted pear, lemon mustard dressing / 19 (V)

Poached chicken, mango, avocado, almond / 22 (DF)


Crisp calamari / 18 (GF/DF)

Grilled pork skewers / 22

Chipotle short ribs / 24 (GF/DF)

300g Scotch fillet / 26 (GF)

Prawn & saffron risotto / 22

Roast lamb rump / 26

Pan-fried haloumi / 17 (V/GF)

Pan fried barramundi / 24 (GF)

Seared gin cured salmon 22 / 22 (GF)


Beer battered chips / 8 (V)

Pea & feta croquettes / 13

Cheese board / 10/14/18

Corn chips / 10 (V/GF/DF)

Olives / 8 (V/GF/GF)

Polenta chips / 10 (V/GF)

To Drink



Slider & Taco Bar


  • The famous Botanist slider & taco bar will be appearing at the Kirribilli Markets from 8:30am on the following dates:
  • General Markets – Sat 5th December
    Fashion Markets – Sun 13th December
    General Markets – Sat 19th December
    Fashion Markets – Sun 10th January
    General Markets – Sat 23rd January
    Fashion Markets – Sun 14th February
    General Markets – Sat 27th February
    Fashion Markets – Sun 13th March
    General Markets – Sat 26th March

    Click here to stay in the loop. 


  • House made grapefruit lemonade


Log Book

Gerards Journal

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  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 25/11/2015
  • Events
  • Tickets on sale to celebrate New Years Eve 1950s style
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  • Specimen
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  • 16/09/2015
  • Food
  • On Wednesdays & Thursdays throughout September & October 2015! *bookings essential
  • Date
  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 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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  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 18/12/2014
  • Press
  • Urban List features The Botanist in "Sydney's Best Espresso Martini's"
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  • Specimen
  • Notes
  • 02/10/2014
  • Press
  • Mosman Daily features The Botanist in its Small Bites - Weekly Round Up.
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  • Notes
  • 02/10/2014
  • Press
  • Mademoiselle Mange à Sydney attends the 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) *Olives (V/GF/DF) * Pan-fried haloumi, couscous, tomatoes, pesto verde (V) *Beef slider, gherkins, pickled onion, cheese, tomato relish *Rocket, honey roasted pear, parmesan, faro & lemon mustard dressing (V/DF) *Roast lamb rump, artichoke, peas, barley, fennel vinaigrette

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

*Corn chips with guacamole & salsa (V/GF/DF) *Olives (V/GF/DF) *Polenta chips, 3 cheese sauce (V/GF) * Pan-fried haloumi, couscous, tomatoes, pesto verde (V) *Beef slider, gherkins, pickled onion, cheese, tomato relish * Chipotle chicken taco, red slaw, tomatillo, raita *Rocket, honey roasted pear, parmesan, faro & lemon mustard dressing (V/DF) *Roast lamb rump, artichoke, peas, barley, fennel vinaigrette

Our banquet menus can be modified to suit dietary requirements.


Group Feasting


Orchid Drinks Package

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

2 hours – 55pp


Bookings & Functions

To book a table online for 8 people or less, click on the above link to make a booking instantly online. For bookings of 9 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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