Botanist is the newest addition to Canada’s vibrant culinary scene, inspired by the principles of botany. Designed by award-winning agencies Ste Marie Design and Glasfurd & Walker, the space has been layered with the elements of a destination abundant in natural beauty, featuring a cocktail bar and lab, outdoor terrace garden, vibrant dining room and Champagne Lounge.
The Garden invites guests to linger in a glass-walled space filled with greenery, a trellis and more than 50 different types of plant species that include rare fruit bushes, and edible species such as green tea camellia, cardamom and ginger.
Located in one of the world’s most fertile, productive and diverse agricultural regions. The moderate climate of the Pacific Northwest ensures a year round abundance of stunning ingredients which in the hands of our culinary team and beverage masters become the heart and savvy soul of the new dining experience.
Executive Chef Hector Laguna’s menu depicts the culinary abundance and botany of the Pacific Northwest region – produce rooted from the soil of the northwest, sustainably sourced seafood, and organic agricultural methods from backyard suppliers.
The menu is accompanied by Wine Director Jill Spoor’s terroir-driven boutique wine program that supports sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking practices.
Taking centre stage in the middle of the dining room is the service and bread station featuring Pastry Chef Jeffry Kahle’s signature buttery brioche and Provence-inspired Fougasse. Take a piece of Botanist home with you with the purchase of fresh-baked loaves to-go.
The Botanist bar program will feature a list of sophisticated yet whimsical cocktails, with a select number of chemist-like designs from the unique cocktail lab.
The Cocktail Lab is our bartender’s artistic studio, custom-created with industrial kitchen equipment to integrate a culinary-forward approach to our cocktail design and production. It inspires creative freedom and precision, granting the attention required to forge an elevated drinking experience.
An exclusive terroir-driven wine program has been designed by Wine Director Jill Spoor. Throughout the list you will discover wineries that practice sustainable, organic or biodynamic farming and winemaking. Each maintains a serious level of commitment to distinctive environmental practices, which is reflected in the purest expression of their wine.
In addition to a menu of sophisticated yet whimsical cocktails– Botanist will offer a select number of chemist-like libations from the city’s most unique “lab”, under the direction of Creative Beverage Director Grant Sceney and Head Bartender David Wolowidnyk.
Vancouver’s first and only cocktail lab has been custom-created to integrate a culinary-forward approach to Botanist’s cocktail design and production. Industrial kitchen elements can be seen throughout: a rotary evaporator to extract flavour essences from a host of ingredients, a Band Saw for size-specific ice sculpting, and centrifuges to separate ingredients of different density.
Perched high above The Lobby Lounge below is the Champagne Lounge, a cozy and luxe space surrounded by glass and filled with greenery from British Columbia’s backyard.
The Champagne Lounge list is compiled by Wine Director Jill Spoor and offers exclusive and rare labels from Champagne and internationally-recognized sparkling wine regions of the world.
After prestigious stints on the Miami, San Fran and Toronto culinary scenes, Hector settled in Vancouver a few years ago as Senior Sous Chef at Hawksworth. He’s now out on his own, has dropped the “Sous”,and is running the show at Botanist. Also, no big deal, but he’s cooked at the James Beard House.
All it took was a culinary trip to Italy and France for Jayden’s career aspirations to solidify. Under the Tuscan sun, he fell in love with the craft and has since flourished on the Culinary Olympic and competition circuit. His last stint at Hawksworth has set him up to propel Botanist onto Vancouver’s vibrant cooking scene.
This Red Seal Chef has sharpened his skills around the city from Blue Water Cafe to Tableau Bistro. A big fan of travel, one of his favourite trips was to Australia where he soaked up the beach life. Catch him on the pass looking super serious, but know underneath his chef’s jacket armour lies his incredible sense of humour.
Everybody’s favourite Albertan, Shon’s background of hockey playing and wine drinking is what got him to where he is today. We lured him over to Botanist and are reaping the benefits of his hospitality and charm. Plus, he never forgets a face. Come by and test it out for yourself.
This Aussie hailing from Melbourne is a kingpin of the global cocktail scene. Named World-Class Canadian Bartender of the Year in 2014, his cocktailing has taken him everywhere from South Africa to Amsterdam. When not catching waves or shaking things up abroad, he’s taking the Pac Rim beverage program to incredible new heights.
We promise his last name isn’t that hard to pronounce once you get the hang of it. In fact, come by Botanist bar for a lesson or two over some cocktails.? Something David knows very well indeed having helmed top spots behind the wood for years. Not only does he create tailored cocktail experiences, he teaches about them too.
Our resident oenophile and Sommelier, Jill makes the Botanist wine list sing. Fun fact: she spent a decade living amongst the Nebbiolo grapes in Piemonte, and her palate is not to be beat. Catch her foray into winemaking with the exclusive release of her upcoming white varietal blend, available exclusively at Botanist.