Botanica Deli, Bangsar South

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South, Salads, Sandwiches, Soups and Desserts

Words: Aisling Cullen   Photos: Monica Tindall

I like to think of myself as the healthy type. I enjoy green smoothies for breakfast and preparing my own dinners from scratch, but when it comes to lunchtime I get a bit lazy. If there are leftovers from last nights dinner, perfect.  Otherwise I might stray to a food court and my healthy choices go out the window as the smell of nasi lemak or fried noodles tempts me.

When Monica asked me to try out the menu at Bontanica Deli, I was happy to oblige. I do love a good salad for lunch but they are so troublesome to make, and salad bars are few and far between in KL’s food courts. By the time you buy up all the ingredients, clean and chop them, mix up a salad dressing, well frankly it’s expensive and more trouble than it’s worth.

Botanica is split into two concepts – there is a table service restaurant called Botanica & Co and there is Botanica Deli. For this visit, we tried out the deli which has a ‘grab and go’ option or you can sit in and eat. It is nestled in the new business district of Bangsar South and is a respite from the busy office towers outside. The design of the space is bright and airy, like a large glass conservatory. The colour palatte of white tiles, warm oak wood and greenery gives a light but cosy appeal.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Botanica Deli
Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Spacious Interior – and yes, that’s a real tree!

Sandwiches are priced between RM19 – RM24 and they are stacked high, enough to fill any hungry office goer. We tried the Roast Chicken Sandwich (RM19.55) which was filled with a generous amount of chicken, chipotle mayo, tomato and lettuce.  The bread is sourdough which is baked in-house and is a lovely firm but chewy bread.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Roast Chicken Sandwich

There are over a handful of different set choices of sandwiches, with fillings changing every week or two.

To me, the salads are what I’m after at Botanica Deli. Priced at RM19.50 for a regular bowl or RM24 for a large bowl, you can pick your own ingredients which are unlimited. As long as they fit in the bowl, you can pile ‘em as high as you like!

The salad bar is split into four sections – choose your lettuce, then choose whatever carbs you like, add a protein (chicken, egg etc) and top with a booster like sunflower seeds or Parmesan cheese.

We made our own salad but I must say that I much preferred the chef crafted salads – the balance of ingredients chosen by Singaporean head chef Sam Neoh is much better than what I could put together.Botanica Deli, Bangsar South

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Do It Yourself Salad

We tried the crafted Spicy Tuna salad (RM19.50) which was quite different to what I was expecting. Large chunks of tuna were sweet and marinated, the dressing was Asian inspired and the additional toppings complimented the salad perfectly.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Spicy Tuna Salad

You can also add a soup to your salad or sandwich for an extra RM5. Soups are all made in-house and the day we visited, Botanica Deli served a pumpkin soup, a French onion soup and a Chinese cucumber soup with chicken. If you want to order these soups separately, its RM9 for a small one and RM12 for a large one. They change every couple of days.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Pumpkin Soup
Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
French Onion Soup
Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Chinese Cucumber Soup

So after enjoying such a healthy selection of foods, we felt so virtuous that we had to taste the desserts! It’s all about balance, right??

The Banana Bread (RM6.80) was divine. It’s a huge slice of moist cakey bread with a crumble on the top. Very comforting.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Banana Bread

We also tried the Carrot Cake (RM14.80) which is enough for two or maybe even three to share. The cream cheese filling wasn’t too sweet and all of the ingredients tasted of good quality – there was no after taste of a cheap butter or margarine that you might sometimes come across in other cafes.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Carrot Cake

We also tried some coffees to go with the cakes. The latte (RM9) was smooth and creamy, made from locally roasted beans, and the hot chocolate (RM9) was sweeter than I would normally like but still a good quality, dense chocolate. There are also a selection of freshly squeezed juices for RM11.

Botanica Deli, Bangsar South
Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Juices
Botanica Deli, Bangsar South

After digging in to two delicious desserts and a hot chocolate, I wasn’t feeling so wholesome but I enjoyed the salads so much that I ordered two to take away for lunch the next day.  I’ll definitely start my healthy eating plan from tomorrow…(don’t judge me!).

Reasons to visit: make your own salad or choose one of chef’s carefully crafted creations; value for money soups and sandwiches; good coffee; must try the banana bread.

Botanica Deli
G3A/G5, Vertical Podium
Bangsar South City
59200 Kuala Lumpur
+6 016 965 6422 (reachable by WhatsApp)
Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm

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  1. Love the sandwich, salads and soup. All looks delicious and healthy!

  2. I’d like to stay healthy too (who doesn’t anyway) but I’m easily seduced by the great selection of street food here in Penang!

  3. If a smile could launch a thousand ships, this place would win hands down. I love places with such cordial staff, makes one feel comfortable and quite at home.

  4. I really like the look here, it is sleek, clean and well organized, and even though I have to admit that I am not a sandwich lover, the roast chicken sandwich looks delicious enough that I would want to try it! The staff look friendly and happy, always a plus! The coffee, hot chocolate and juices look delicious. I love French onion soup (usually au gratin, however, it doesn’t have to be), and the banana bread looks succulent and comforting! Another thing I love! I love everything here, Monica, what a neat place! You have found a winner here, thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  5. Love the look of this place and the one next door. The sandwiches look yummy….with nice crisp edges (great for a light meal)….but I’m eyeing their restaurant next door too…hehe! ;D

  6. I might be able to swing by this place when I’m in the vicinity later this year, and I’d love to sample their dishes. That plate of sandwich looks delicious and those bowls of salads are definitely fulfilling too. =)

    That’s why they said moderation is key. It’s alright to have an unhealthy lunch if you start and end your day on a healthy note.

  7. The cakes, salad and sandwiches looks so gorgeous!

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