botanist fairmont pacific rim

Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim – Restaurant Recap

My girlfriend and I were meeting for lunch and she suggested this place. She has great taste, I love the Fairmont Pacific Rim, as well as The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, so I knew I was in for a treat. It’s contemporary cuisine, a Pacific Westcoast dining experience.

You can enter Botanist through the hotel, at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I came in from their street entrance, on Canada Place near Burrard. Up the stairs, you’ll come up the doors and the entrance area is all lush and green with vegetation.

Cozy view from our table
botanist fairmont pacific rim
My lunch date

The area we sat in was this beautiful lush little sunroom. I loved the live ceiling, and the greenery spilling out everywhere. There was a lot of attention to detail. The chairs were upholstered with a cute floral brocade fabric. The side plates were made of stone with an etching that I can assume is their logo. The menu had this gorgeous rose gold clip.

botanist fairmont pacific rim
botanist fairmont pacific rim
Bread knife and plate
View around the corner from our table

There was a set menu for lunch, which sounded phenomenal, but both of us ordered just a single entree. They brought us bread, which I assume is their house-made brioche. It was really nice. Though the bread would have been perfect if it was slightly warmed.

Complementary bread and butter
Complementary bread and butter
Vegetable ragu
Vegetable ragu
halibut
halibut

I could barely finish my entree, it was incredibly rich. I ordered the vegetable ragu, ricotta salata, pine nuts, basil, on house-made cavatelle. My lunch date ordered the pan roasted halibut, because it was served with the most insanely delicious mashed potatoes.

As we were wrapping up, our server let us know that they also have experiential drinks at the bar. I cut her off and asked if any of them had smoke in the glasses, and she said yes! Hubby and I love that kind of fun cocktail and tableside sort of thing, so now I’m definitely coming back for a dinner date. I know I won’t have to twist his arm.

Overall, our experience for lunch was great. I loved the decor. The menu selection was diverse, and offered a lot of different options. I loved the plating. The flavours were great. I’m highly recommending the Botanist.

Food: Excellent

Service: Excellent

Value: Excellent

Ambiance: Excellent

OVERALL: Excellent

the bar
the bar
Experiental drinks, served only at the bar.
Experiental drinks, served only at the bar.
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