Cafe Botanica

★★★★☆

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The atmosphere is almost Parisian- simple cafe tables under a lacy canopy of maple trees, surrounded by well-cultivated gardens and architecture of the last century. The food is imaginative and beautifully plated on minimalist white porcelain. I liked the blueberry pancakes topped with walnuts, homemade biscuits with ham and freshly-squeezed juice.

But this idyll is seriously marred by the relentless live musical accompaniment- cheesy lounge standards (the kind heard when youre put on hold on the phone) played from an electronic keyboard piping out cheap synthesized sound. The music is beyond bad and completely out of sync with the cultivated surroundings. Far better it would be for the cafe to eliminate the music altogether and simply let diners enjoy the birdsong and rustling leaves. If going for brunch I recommend getting there as soon as they open at 10, which gives you about one hour of bliss before the muzak begins and dashes it all.

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★★★★☆

The atmosphere is almost Parisian- simple cafe tables under a lacy canopy of maple trees, surrounded by well-cultivated gardens and architecture of the last century. The food is imaginative and beautifully plated on minimalist white porcelain. I liked the blueberry pancakes topped with walnuts, homemade biscuits with ham and freshly-squeezed juice.

But this idyll is seriously marred by the relentless live musical accompaniment- cheesy lounge standards (the kind heard when youre put on hold on the phone) played from an electronic keyboard piping out cheap synthesized sound. The music is beyond bad and completely out of sync with the cultivated surroundings. Far better it would be for the cafe to eliminate the music altogether and simply let diners enjoy the birdsong and rustling leaves. If going for brunch I recommend getting there as soon as they open at 10, which gives you about one hour of bliss before the muzak begins and dashes it all.

Pros: gardens, views, upscale food

Cons: unbearable background music

 

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