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Botanic Restaurant Opens in Refurbished Goodland Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach

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The Kimpton Goodland Fort Lauderdale Beach which quietly opened in mid-April is introducing a new restaurant called Botanic to the SoFlo cuisine scene.

Executive chef Rashaad Abdool describes his cuisine as South Florida-influenced by Latino and Caribbean influences. He admits that he gets fresh fish from the local waters as well as fruits and berries from local farms.

The menu features eight shareable small plates like tuna sliders and crispy shrimp tacos. There are also three ceviche choices ($12 and $16) and three pizzas choices ($14-$17).

Entrees include dishes ranging from red snapper in a coconut lemongrass broth, peanut gremolata over sweet potato and zucchini noodles ($33) to a spring vegetable quinoa with roasted cauliflower, asparagus, braised fennel, spring onion quinoa and pea shoots ($18).

Street corn salad with crispy grits croutons at Botanic, a new restaurant inside the Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach
PHOTO: Street corn salad with crispy grits croutons at Botanic, a new restaurant inside the Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach .

It offers small plates ranging from $8 to $18 and large plates from $18 to $34. Botanic can seat 116 guests indoors and outdoors, including a private dining room. This bar menu, which incorporates tropical and classic craft cocktails, offers a variety of cocktails, 50 liquors by the bottle, 10 wines by the glass, and 10 beers (mostly local brews) by the bottle.

Even though his family has Trinidadian heritage, Abdool was born and raised in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Before helming Botanic, he worked at Diplomat Prime in Hollywood and formerly at Stephen Starr’s Steak 954 at the nearby W Fort Lauderdale.

Executive Chef Rashaad Abdool is shown at Botanic, a new restaurant inside the Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
PHOTO: Executive Chef Rashaad Abdool is shown at Botanic, a new restaurant inside the Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. (SOURCE: Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Having done that, he feels he knows what will resonate with tourists and locals.

“There is a specific breakfast one that we created, Eggs Botanic, our take on a classic eggs Benedict,” he explains. “Instead of an English muffin, we put it in on Cuban bread. We press it so it’s kind of like a Cuban sandwich, so it’s nice and crispy on both sides. And then we do avocado, some Black Forest ham, and then we do some poached eggs. And the thing that makes it Cuban for us is we do a mojo hollandaise. So it’s your traditional hollandaise but we spike it with mojo sauce, which, you know, is citrusy, garlicky, herbaceous.”

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He’s also excited about the Street Corn Salad.

“It’s a dish I kind of threw together,” Abdool says. “I do almost a deconstructed street corn, charred with chipotle aioli, with fresh blueberries from South Florida, fresh lime juice, coriander…and it’s finished with crispy grits croutons. At the friends and family [opening event] everybody thought the blueberries were olives.”

Street Corn Salad costs $13 and Eggs Botanic costs $16.

The restaurant opened for breakfast on April 29 and dinner on May 3. The lunch menu is still being tweaked, and a weekend brunch is coming soon, says Abdool.

The Goodland Hotel is actually three connected buildings, but behind it stands an eight-story residential building, which will feature a rooftop restaurant alongside a swimming pool. The concept is still being developed, but it will be available to guests later this fall.

If you go info

Botanic is inside the Goodland Hotel, at 2900 Riomar St., in Fort Lauderdale (two blocks west of the beach).

Breakfast is served daily from 7-10:30 a.m. Dinner is served Sundays-Thursdays from 5-10:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-11 p.m. Lunch service hours will be announced soon.

For reservations or more information, call 954-908-7308 or go to BotanicFL.com.

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