Perhaps the best way to describe Botanica Real Food is that it’s a treasure. Situated in the charming suburb of Red Hill, Botanica is a gem of a place offering fresh & delicious savoury and sweet treats made with love and passion.
Owned and run by chef duo Alison & Brett Hutley, Botanica places emphasis on real food, as their name suggests – like Brett explains, Botanica is about food that comes from the earth, not a packet.
And this philosophy rings true in every single item they create. It’s takeaway food, but not as you know it – famous for serving up fresh, seasonal and nutritious salads, Botanica is closer to gourmet catering, just made accessible and affordable.
In just two years, Botanica has garnered an astounding reputation for its impeccable, high-quality food items, including their daily made salads, winter soups, mouthwatering gluten free treats and, more recently, breakfast.
From 9am onwards you will find the enamel trays abounding with vibrant salads. However, between 6 and 9am something extra special happens: the cabinet boasts an array of mouthwatering breakfast dishes. The breakfast menu changes slightly daily depending on seasonal produce, but you will usually find Blueberry + Apple Crumble, Honey Nut Overnight Oats, Greek Yogurt and Coconut Yogurt with Poached Fruit, Chia Pudding, and Seasonal Fruit Salad.
Simply choose up to 5 dishes (I lie, it’s incredibly difficult to choose!) and take your breakfast home, to work or to a picnic brunch in Botanica’s signature breakfast box.
Alongside the delicious usuals, this morning’s variations were Rice + Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon Stewed Apples, and Hazelnut + Cacao Chia Pudding. I was lucky enough to be able to try all 7 dishes on offer this morning, and I can say with absolute conviction that everything was beautiful.
With dairy free, vegan and gluten free options, breakfast at Botanica caters to all individuals without sacrificing taste or substance. Each breakfast item is vibrant, unique in flavour and texture, and truly satisfying.
I can’t pick just one favourite breakfast item from the menu, but I did particularly enjoy the Blueberry + Apple Crumble and Rice + Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon Stewed Apples.
And we can’t forget the sweet treats, which are nothing short of divine. From bundt cakes to cupcakes to brownies, Botanica offers daily made gluten free treats that will have you salivating by the sight.
Botanica exudes a distinct warmth and realness – I think this sincere nature, as well as their consistently impeccable food, is why Botanica is so well loved by Brisbane locals. This, on top of the refreshing interior and friendly staff, make every trip to Botanica an absolute dream.