Proving that eating healthy can be anything but boring is the motto of Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer. After working for more than 10 years as editors for culinary publications, they’ve decided to move to Los Angeles to start a new adventure, and it’s in the Silver Lake neighborhood that the two friends have opened their first restaurant, Botanica.
A very luminous and convivial space with high ceilings and exposed wooden beams, the restaurant boasts decoration that is just like its cooking: modern, delicate and of great finesse. At the entrance, a small grocery store offers a selection of wines and pantry products as well as farmers market products and home-made specialties, such as focaccia and fruit snacks. At the back of the room, the window-filled wall gives access to the outside patio. With its terra cotta pots and jasmine and honeysuckle plants, the patio almost makes us believe that we are in France ... It is very nice to sit there in the shade of the outdoors and enjoy the restaurant’s very bucolic charm.
A la carte, the dishes based on local products inspired by Mediterranean and Californian cuisine are all just as appetizing as the next. The "Fattoush-Y Salad" with its spring vegetables as well as the "Grain Coconut & Berries" made from three styles of strawberries are a delight. Overall, the menu successfully highlights vegetables with fresh and colorful recipes.
And to allow us to bring the experience home, the recipes and techniques are posted online on the restaurant’s website, Botanica Mag.
Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 10pm (11pm during the weekend) - 1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026