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“Beyond Expectations”

Botanik Bistro & Roof Top Bar
Ranked #61 of 689 Restaurants in Colombo
Price range: US$ 15 - US$ 35
Description: Botanik has been conceptualized and created by Cantaloupe & Co. to encompass a lifestyle venue with Botanical elements presented in the space through real life, art, design, and its food and beverage. We have teamed up with Chef Rishi Naleendra, a brilliant young Sri Lankan Chef who incidentally just won his first Michelin Star a few weeks prior to our opening. He has received international acclaim for his restaurant Cheek By Jowl in Singapore, which is now famed for its modern Australian Faire. We are huge fans of his work and the infectious spirit he injects to all his projects. The Botanik beverage experience has been curated by our F&B Director hailing from Brittany in France; Mathieu Delin, who started his career as a Sommelier in his home country. His diverse international experience, and portfolio shines through in his beverage menu and is punctuated by his unrelenting passion. Botanik is made up of three main areas - The Contemporary Bistro, The Terrace and The Verandah.
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Description: Botanik has been conceptualized and created by Cantaloupe & Co. to encompass a lifestyle venue with Botanical elements presented in the space through real life, art, design, and its food and beverage. We have teamed up with Chef Rishi Naleendra, a brilliant young Sri Lankan Chef who incidentally just won his first Michelin Star a few weeks prior to our opening. He has received international acclaim for his restaurant Cheek By Jowl in Singapore, which is now famed for its modern Australian Faire. We are huge fans of his work and the infectious spirit he injects to all his projects. The Botanik beverage experience has been curated by our F&B Director hailing from Brittany in France; Mathieu Delin, who started his career as a Sommelier in his home country. His diverse international experience, and portfolio shines through in his beverage menu and is punctuated by his unrelenting passion. Botanik is made up of three main areas - The Contemporary Bistro, The Terrace and The Verandah.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Lunch time is probably not the best time to visit this venue. However we did as it was the only time we could go there.

One stop lift to the rooftop. Already impressed. Greeted with enthusiasm at the restaurant entrance.

Had a drink on the roof terrace to start. A really good Negroni , adjusted to taste as it was not quite right to start with. No question of the customer not getting exactly what they wanted here.

A menu of the day or a choice from the main menu. Excellent starters and then the 12 hour braised lamb. Really really top class. Both from the daily menu.

The whole experience was one of excellence and the staff could not of been more helpful at every stage. Real service without being condescending or intrusive.

The biggest surprise was the bill. Its not an inexpensive restaurant BUT really good value for money.

We will certainly go back on the next visit to Colombo.

I think at night time its a lot busier and the bar area out side buzzing. The night time view must be spectacular.

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Victoria P, Public Relations Manager at Botanik Bistro & Roof Top Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you so much for your great review of your Lunchtime experience at Botanik Bistro & Bar!

Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the convenience of the space, the helpfulness of our staff, and especially the quality of our menu and ingredients.

We do hope you are able to come by again to get the night-time experience, especially to watch the sunset during one of our weekday Happy Hours.

Hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A nicely decorated bar located on the rooftop of Fairway Colombo Hotel. Try their Gin & Juice which is essentially gin and tonic with their own twist. We'd recommend choosing your own gin and juice instead of opting for their recommendation. The gin seems to go along well with any choices, their recommendation just gives you a better idea.

We also had calamari and lemon cheesecake that we did not enjoy as much as the drinks. The portion for calamari is a little bit small but tasty. Lemon cheesecake was just cheese mousse sitting on a top of a bed of crushed chocolate crumbs.

Still a bar worth checking out.

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Victoria P, Public Relations Manager at Botanik Bistro & Roof Top Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Hello,

Thank you for your review! We appreciate your honest feedback about your experience at Botanik Bistro & Bar, and are happy to hear that the aspects of food, drink, and ambiance were rated well.

We are sorry you didn't enjoy the unique view of Colombo that Botanik has to offer from the 8th floor of the Fairway building, but we understand that everyone has their own preference!

We do hope you have the chance to visit us again for Happy Hour every weeknight from 5.30pm to 7.30pm! See you soon.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Located on the roof-top of the "fairway" Colombo hotel you'll find the latest place advertising their kitchen with a Michelin star. Not sure if all previous guest appreciate that. The menu offers limited choices, which i consider a good sign.The food was excellent! Great defined tastes. Not big portions ...but you want to check all courses...
We'll come again

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Victoria P, Public Relations Manager at Botanik Bistro & Roof Top Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Dear Gerhard,

We really love that you appreciated the carefully designed menu by our Michelin Star Chef, Rishi Naleendra. The limited menu choices is indeed intentional, so that we can offer the freshest possible ingredients at any given time. We are happy to hear that you appreciated the the selection, and we do hope you are able to visit again soon once we launch our new lunch menu within the next few weeks.

Hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

We sat on the terrace which was nice and breezy but sadly did not offer much of a view at night (maybe daytime is better?)

Happily, service was friendly and prompt which is always a plus and the beer was cold. My wife had a couple of cocktails and we ordered some food. Everything was alright but nothing outstanding.

Overall, it was an ok experience.

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Victoria P, Public Relations Manager at Botanik Bistro & Roof Top Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Hello,

Thanks for your review! We appreciate the feedback on the service, food, and drinks.

We would love to know more about your time with us and the ways we can improve to make your next time more memorable.

Feel free to send us an e-mail with more feedback at abdm@cantaloupe.lk.

Hope to have you visiting us again soon!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

A cosy place with some good fusion food. Located in the happening surroundings of the Dutch Hospital the place is quite popular with the young crowd. The interiors are done up quite tastefully. Our experiment with some new interesting fusion dishes was quite pleasant. I tried their signature juice, Botany which was a mix of green apple,cucumber & other seasonal super greens with a kitul twist. Though a little on sweeter side however, the staff took immediate feedback and neutralized it to suit by buds. Srilankan buffalo mozzarella was very fresh & my daughter & husband relished the chicken slider. Focaccia with sambhol butter is highly recommended. I found the risotto average and the lemon cheese cake was Yum. The family had a good time & the green ambience is quite inviting. We were impressed with the services and the staff was very courteous.

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Victoria P, Public Relations Manager at Botanik Bistro & Roof Top Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Hi Savita,

Thanks for your great review of Botanik Bistro Bar. We are so happy that your family enjoyed the food, service and ambiance!

We do hope you get another chance to visit us again during one of our live music events, as we always have something exciting happening at Botanik Bistro Bar in the evening. Looking forward to having you again!

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