Sol Botanica


“The menu at Sol Botanica is a perfect example of having an astute understanding of food & its’ nutritional value to the body. “

Pink Pastels Match The Cool Blues

It is refreshing to come across a restaurant that just ‘gets it’. Sol Botanica (click here) celebrates a holistic approach to eating nutritous wholesome meals that are ethically sourced and hand made.

Sol Botanica is just a single part of the Sol Living Lifestyle Precinct which was founded by Mark & Evette Moran. The couple wanted to create a space for not only the young, but the elderly and bring the two together in a harmonised way.

SOL, short for Spirit Of Living, embraces the celebration of life with its healthy, supportive, beautiful and interactive environments.

To get to Sol Botanica, we walked up past the delectable Sol Providore and through a garden lined path. To the left of the citrus tree lined pathway is what I would call a very welcoming light filled space with picture perfect hanging ivy, large pendant lighting and cosy pink seating. 

“This quite frankly gets me excited “

The menu is completely gluten free, soy free, refined sugar free and nearly dairy free. This quite frankly gets me excited.

What we ate:

The Famous Quinoa & Teff Bread Roll – w/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Dukkah

Spinach Gnocchi – w/ Tomato, Basil, Black Olives, Yellow Beans, Buffalo Ricotta & Parmesan
Roast Heirloom Carrot & Crispy Buckwheat Salad – w/ Black Bean Hummus & Cow’s Feta

Vegetarian Dhal – Sprouted Green Lentils, Curry Leaf, Cumin, Garam Masala, Turmeric & Coconut, finished with Spinach, Dates, Baked Buffalo Ricotta and Coriander
Biodynamic Brown Rice – w/ turmeric roast nuts, watercress and crisp plantain chips,
Slow Cooked Lamb Ribs – w/ peach, sesame and coconut amino.

Eaton Mess – Crushed Meringue, Strawberries, Blue Pea Tea Ripple, Pineapple, Chia Coconut Yoghurt
Green Garden – Chilled Kiwi & Honeydew Melon Soup with Papaya & Blueberry Salad Tapioca, Goji Berries, Chia

Teff Bread
Spinich Gnocci
The Dahl With Crumbed Trout (I Couldn't Eat The Trout But I Was Told It Was Delish)
Fried Biodynamic Rice

Our highlight meals were a few off the menu creations. The slow cooked Lamb Ribs were sweet, salty and crunchy on the outside but soft and tender. Also the Roasted Carrots with black bean hummus was delicious.

Carrot Salad
Sticky Sweet & Crunchy Lamb Ribs
Sol Botanica That's A Wrap

As it was lunch and just the two of us, we were pretty full after the first course so we didn’t really want dessert but when the Eaton Mess landed and looked as pretty as it did, it really didn’t last long at all 🙂

We spoke to Chef Perry Hill after our meal and the first thing I asked was; What made you choose the menu you did. The answer that followed was simple. “How many times have you been seen as a difficult person when asking if meals at a restaurant were gluten free or dairy free and getting that associated look that follows?.. We wanted to make a menu that could be adapted to anyone’s dietary requirements!”

“The focus at Sol Botanica is on fresh, nourishing, nutrient rich food”

Chef Perry also stressed the importance of Farm to Fork dining. Knowing where your meal actually comes from. Sol Botanica actually has their own farm in the Southern Highlands (where nearly all their produce will eventually come from besides the massive herb garden on the grounds). This Paddock to Plate mentality has been instilled in him since a young child, having grown up on a farm himself in the Northern Rivers.

Overall:

Sol Botanica is more than just a restaurant with great food. Sol represents how we should all look at food. They see ingredients in a way that aren’t just meant to be eaten to for the sake of it, but to be eaten to nurture your body, for a happier and healthier life.

Sol Botanica
Shop A (Entrance at 2 Laguna Street Piazza),
2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse NSW 2030

Have you eaten at Sol Botanica? Did you feel better afterwards? I’d love to hear your answers or comments below.
K x

11 Comments

Shelley Justin
Reply October 25, 2017

I wish we had something like this here in Canada!

Shelley Carmady
Reply November 5, 2017

I took my hubby there this weekend! He has developed coeliac recently and he has really struggled with it. Being a tradie he has really had so much of a challenge finding quick and easy food that doesn't taste like cardboard!
I am now going to attempt my own version of the pizza that we had and maybe a wrap for his lunches!
I had no idea that this place even existed. Thank you so much!
Oh and I loveeee that dress.

    krumbled
    Reply November 5, 2017

    Hey Shelley,
    Thank you so much for your kind words :)
    Coming from a family os coeliac's I know where your hubby is at.
    All it takes is for a bit of creativity and you will both be alright!
    For me, cutting gluten (I am not a coeliac, but I have the gene) was the best thing I have done in a while.
    My energy picked up and my nausea has completely disappeared!
    I hope you both will make Sol Botanica a regular for your meals now!
    K x

    Ps - let me know how your pizza and wraps turn out!

Michelle Bratterny
Reply November 5, 2017

YUM!! How tasty does that dhal look? I am going there this week with the mums for mothers group! Thanks for the tip

    krumbled
    Reply November 5, 2017

    Hey Michelle!
    Ohhh the dhal was so delicious.
    Enjoy your time there this week! The perfect spot for a mothers group!
    Even the bubbas will love it there
    K x

Grace Manull
Reply November 5, 2017

Actually obsessed with this place now thanks to you! I am a local and legit thought it was just a retirement village!

    krumbled
    Reply November 5, 2017

    Hey Grace!
    Oh no, so much more than that!
    If I was a local to Sol Botanica, I would be so happy!!
    K x

Melinda Huang
Reply November 5, 2017

Do you know how embarrassing it is for me to list all of my allergies every time I go to a restaurant?
My sister took me here last week (she is obsessed with your IG) after seeing you were there.
I am not sure if she was more excited to go there and eat, or on the off chance that she would get to meet you! hahaha

    krumbled
    Reply November 5, 2017

    Hey Melinda,

    Ah yes, I feel your pain!
    Besides the absolutely delicious food at Sol Botanica, the best thing is that you are not looked down on! Or seen to be a trouble.
    You are, in fact, celebrated!

    K x

    Ps - that is so sweet about your sister!

Lauren
Reply November 5, 2017

SO WORTH THE 2 HOUR DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!
I am from Newcastle and as soon as I read this I knew we had to go.
Then followed by a very wet and rainy coastal walk - but so worth it. Have you done the yoga there yet?

    krumbled
    Reply November 5, 2017

    Hey Lauren!
    2 hours! Woo go girl.
    So impressed that you even did the coastal walk considering this weather lately!
    No! I haven't done the yoga yet! I am planning on doing it soon!
    K x

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