Botanica - All Day Goodness For Body And Soul

 

Market fruit and grain studded breakfast bowls, morning mezze with plump eggs in salsa verde, rainbow-bright cocktails, soft lettuce salad with fennel curls and shallot vinagrette, cast-iron pimenton clams. If the menu for Silver Lake's Botanica restaurant and Market reads like it was written by people practiced in the art of making words mouth-watering, it was.

Founded by Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer in May, 2017, the former food and travel writers -- the two met at Tasting Table --  Botanica Restaurant & Market is a produce-driven, all-day eatery, located steps from Lawson Fenning and La Mill. Designed by  and , the 80 year old space, a former liquor store, is cool, inviting and utterly Instragrammable, from its wood slatted ceiling to its plaster pale pink walls to its delicate brass light fixtures and potted-plant dotted back garden.

It's easy to find excuses to pop in here all day. The bright and airy white-washed space is inviting even before you've had a chance to taste the menu's offerings. A market just inside the front door, the windows and doors framed in a bright French blue, stocks farmer's market eggs, a selection of organic wines, baskets of fresh produce and intriguing jars and bottles of spices and oils. 

You could order tea or coffee to go. Or you could pull a rattan stool up to a long stainless steel counter for the first of many meals you'll probabably have here. Move to a table for lunch or if you're meeting friends.  At night, the garden, with its stained-white fence, is the place to be. Fairy lights dangle overhead illuminating intriguing dishes that are easy to share. 

Relying on beautiful local produce served in a calm and bright setting, this is food that is colorful, fresh, exciting and nourishing to both body and soul. 

, 1620 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-522-6106

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