CLOSED: Botaniq

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Frederiksborggade 26 (at Norre Voldgade), Copenhagen, Denmark, 1360

Casual-nice restaurant featuring an open bar in the center of its dining room. Serves quick vegan meals like soups, one sandwich, salad plate comprising your choice of salads plus hummus. Has smoothies and desserts, including raw cakes from Raw Loves Cakes. No longer serving alcohol. Re-opened Oct 2014 rebranding from Firefly Garden (more upscale). CLOSED FOR RENOVATION UNTIL 1 OCT 2016. OCT 2016 REPORTED SHUT.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, European, Danish

53 Reviews

First Review by Bettina

temp closed for reconstruction - Edit

there is a sign out front saying closed for reconstruction until autumn

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casual - Edit

We tried to go here for lunch on our first day in Copenhagen, but there was a sign saying they would be back later, so we came back for dinner instead as it was close to our hotel. It's a casual order at the counter type place and the menu was a bit limited, but they do offer salads, soups and sandwiches. We got a little of each along with a dessert. It was all good. There's seating along the other side of the central counter and due to the WiFi, many people were on their computers. Overall, a good experience.

Pros: all vegan, friendly staff, WiFi

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bland - Edit

The first impression was alright, very nicely located in the center of Copenhagen, nice interior, very minimalistic, enough table space..
The desk with salads and food looked so empty, there was barely anything to choose from, the variety of food was so little, and the prices were incredibly expensive, chose a dahl dish, very thin soup, no taste really, even the smoothies tasted bland..
Was still hungry when we left and went somewhere else to eat some more interesting food for less money..
The women working there was also on the phone all the time, so we had to wait long time to order, she was even on the phone when serving the dish, kinda weird

Pros: Location, atmosphere

Cons: very expensive, not much to choose from, tasteless food

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Yay for another vegan spot , nay for everything else about it - Edit

The location is great and the establishment is very cute and cozy . The opening time is at 11 am and when i got there at 11 05 nothing was basically ready . Around an hour later i tried soup of the day which was tasty and took two salads with serving of falafel to go - and was really not a fan of both of them . Will not go back .

Pros: location

Cons: price, taste, deceiving "timings "

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Erratic opening - Edit

Nice food, a bit expensive. But it seems to be closed on random days which is a bit annoying. Whenever that happens, I just head over to Halifax for their vegan burgers.

Pros: Nice food

Cons: Expensive , Erratic opening

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Botaniq - Edit

empty place, boring food,great location

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Expensive, Small portion and unfriendly. - Edit

The service was rather unfriendly which doesn't bother me much but the company I was with was disturbed by the staff and how unfriendly they seemed. Furthermore the food was just incredibly plain and not very tasteful and to finish at all off: it was incredibly expensive. It would have been more satisfying to go home and throw burning money out of the window.

Pros: Central location

Cons: Expensive, Small portion, Tasteless

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Plain and Boring - Edit

I feel sort of bad about writing a negative review because I had a one time experience and the staff were really friendly when I went. The overall vibe was nice, chilled and clean.

Unfortunately the food can only be described as one word... meh. It wasn't exciting at all with boring, over used ingredients. It was edible but not very tasty. The guy working there let us have a try of both the main meals, which was really kind, but unfortunately they both tasted similar and boring.

The desserts were weird too. I ordered a cupcake and there was something strange about the flavour. I wouldn't recommend this place, unfortunately. They need to hire someone to shake up the menu.

The two stars awarded was actually a two stars. I wouldn't have given this place a one if I could.

Pros: Friendly staff, nice atmosphere, good location

Cons: boring food, expensive

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3 Stars 4 the Food and 1 extra 4 the Very Sweet Staff - Edit

Had a wonderful green lentil dish, the taste was absolutely fine, but I missed a little garnish, besides the parsley, just a little springle of extra colour, different texture ... whatever too give it this little something I expect when I go out

Pros: Icecream, Staff , Wonderful clean toilets with sounds from the rainf

Cons: Could be more staff, just one more on a friday nig

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Bewildered - Edit

A great location for tourists to get to. Very disappointed with place. For the money they charge they served what is equivalent to a Whole Foods offering.
The server was reluctant to explain and stand offish... which was funny more than anything else. Food had dried out.

Pros: Good decor

Cons: Too expensive for what they offer.

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Good value - Edit

This was the best option I found during my visit to Copenhagen. Basic but nice food and super-friendly staff.

Pros: Vegan, Staff, Accept credit cards

Cons: None

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Boring and too pricey - Edit

Usually when I go to veg-places with my meat eater friends, they almost always are happy about the food, and start to consider again how to become more veg. However, this place, should be hidden from my friends and me, as its just boring (I believe healthy and tasty should come together) and way too expensive. One of the strangest dinners I had at veg places.

Pros: Interior , Almost everything ecological, Wipe policy

Cons: Tastlles food, Overpriced

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Fresh and delicious - Edit

The food was pretty good: the salad bar was full of exciting combinations, the hot pot (dal with cauliflower) delicious and spicy, and all the food seemed really fresh. However, the portions are not that big (and there was no bread for the soup), I hence was still hungry afterwards. But still: delicious food and a nice and relaxed atmosphere.

Pros: fresh and delicious food

Cons: rather small portions given the price

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Lovely, healthy and good taste - Edit

Very good healthy plant-based cafe-restaurant in Copenhague. Amazing salads, juices, smoothies, hummus and vegan and gluten free desserts. Several raw food options in the menu!

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As green as it gets! - Edit

One of the very few all-vegan places in Copenhagen. It has a salad bar concept, but fear not - you can also choose between couple of warm meals. One of the most impressive things - it is 99% organic. You can hardly find something veg-n with a higher quality. If you haven't tried their coconut ice cream or a cheesecake, you haven't lived yet :).

Pros: super healthy, delicious.

Cons: Generic interior, a bit pricey

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Good food - awesome cake - Edit

The food was really good, but not a heavenly experience. The cake though - amazing!
Nice interior design, and good temperature. Nice to sit in the window when only 1-2 people.

Pros: Design of restaurant, Awesome cake

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Very Good - Edit

Most items are organic certified.
Reasonable prices and good service.
Free wifi, and also free power for laptop on most seats - very convenient.

Pros: Good food, Reasonable prices, Free wifi and laptop power

Cons: Delivery a bit expensive

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Super tasty and affordable vegan food - Edit

I highly recommend Botaniqe. I had a plate of various things on like different kinds of falaffels, plenty of vegetables, hummus, grain salads. that was delicious. In addition to that I tried one of their stew with cashew nuts. The stew was amazing and full of flavors. I ordered also smoothy made from mixed fruits and vegetables. yum! The next days I came there with a friend of mine to try freshly squizeed vegetable and fruity juices. yum yum yum! Big YES!!

Cons: reasonable price for Copenhagen

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Disappointment - Edit

It's just not tasty and super expensive, I tried almost everything they had, nothing was amazing, only between ok and really weird (I couldn't eat the whole "falafel", if it's even fair to call it that way). Raw food can definitely taste better than that.

Pros: friendly staff, free wifi

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Good, but nothing amazing - Edit

From the description "upscale" I would have expected a lot better. The food was good, but nothing amazing, the prices very expensive (that was upscale), it was informal - order at the counter and they let you know when it is ready. "Upscale" to me means fine dining - waiter service, a proper menu, a less casual decor, etc. There are upscale vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the world, but not in Copenhagen. I ate some soup, which was good, and it came with a little puny piece of bread. The menu is not extensive. My spouse had the hot plate and it was less than he expected.

Pros: Decent food, vegan and "green"

Cons: expensive, limited menu

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Very delicious - Edit

Their food taste amazing. They have good options. I really liked it. There's enough place for everyone.

Pros: Delicious food, Big place, Friendly staff

Cons: A little bit noisy

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Botanique - Edit

The food was good, we got a sample plate, but it wasn't very inspiring or innovative. Had different kinds of hummus, and none of them were that good - how do you mess up hummus?

The staff seemed uneasy and there was a strange vibe.

Cons: Pricey, esp. for lunch

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Nice and homely, Average, Needs improvement - Edit

The variety of food is little. It would be nice if they changed their menu often. I saw the staff eat rice and I also wanted some and they told me it is only for the staff. The hot meals are basically soup and bread and a choice of two stews.

Personally where I come from staff do not eat in front of customers. It's not professional. Not sure of the culture here. Also when I ordered hot chocolate I think something spilled on her hand and she sucked it off her finger. That was not cool either, she should wipe it with a cloth/towel. I would prefer if food preparations are made with gloves and not hands. I see the wraps are filled with bear hands. Even if I wash my own hands there can be things stuck in nails. This is not a person's own kitchen.

It kind of worries me to see the same item there for days. Considering I have come here three days in a row. The food is nothing special, quite bland and is quite pricey. To be honest not worth to bring a non vegan friend here. I am a foodaholic and food critic. I can put efforts to visit places just for food. I am happy they are 100% vegan. The look and feelof the area/seating is good and has a number of seating with light music. They however need to work on variety of food, quantity and some hygiene factors (eating, licking and gloves). If the owner of the restaurant is around it is always good to go around and greet the customers and make them feel welcomed. I have been to more than 15 vegan vegetarian restaurants between South Africa, Ireland, England, Indian and Scotland. My most loved one is Veggie 222 in London, a tiny restaurant with freshly cooked food and the owner is so warm I feel the passion he has for the food in his restaurant. He himself also is the head chef. The minute it touches my tongue the food must speak to me.

Pros: vegan, homely , Nice comfortable dining area

Cons: expensive , few options , No use of gloves/hygiene

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Underwhelming - Edit

Visited for lunch during a long weekend in Copenhagen. The staff didn't seem interested we were in the shop and it wasn't clear if we were to just take a seat or order at the bar. We finally managed to order but weren't given much help or advice by the staff, we had no idea what the drinks were in the fridge and so just grabbed something that looked OK (they turned out be vile). I ordered the special hot pot which was a nice enough butter bean and kale stew, although it was served in a chipped bowl which is really not good. My partner had a salad which was OK; the highlight being the home made hummus and coleslaw. The bread it came with was dry and not pleasant. This could have been a really great place, but it wasn't, so we didn't bother going back.
Updated from previous review on Thursday March 26, 2015

Pros: Vegan, Nice seating area and decor, Inexpensive

Cons: Unwelcoming, Limited menu, Mediocre food

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En hiver, pas terrible - Edit

Rien de spécial franchement. S'il fait chaud, les salades et cie ça doit être bien, mais sinon c'est pas incroyable. Surtout que c'est pas bon marché.

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Ok, but nothing special - Edit

Botaniq recently opened after a long refurbishing period. It used to be an upscale restaurant with very delicious vegan food. After the reopening a new concept has been introduced with cheaper mainly lunch-type meals. The food selection is limited to a salad bar, a hot pot, a soup and a falafel sandwich (the bread is hot but the falafel is refrigerator cold - why is that??).

I actually like Botaniq, but find the menu quite boring. It hasn´t yet changed since the opening in the beginning of december. The new concept is centered around lighter lunchmeals, and therfore you go there more often than when it was an upscale restaurant. Therefore the menu NEEDS to change often, as you dont want to eat the same thing EVERY time you go there. The falafel is OK, but nothing special. It would be much more delicious if it was served hot.

Pros: Organic, Cheap, Good food

Cons: The menu never changes, Falafel is served cold

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Highly recommended - Edit

Botaniq is the place to go if you want high-quality delicious food, but isn't in the mood for something fancy. You order at the counter, get your food right away and you can comfortably enjoy your food in the restaurant. Their menu is separated into cold and hot food. Their cold foods include a selection of salads, hummus, and falafels, while their hot foods includes a soup and a hot dish of the day. Everything they serve is very delicious, apparently homemade with mostly organic ingredients.
Updated from previous review on Monday January 05, 2015

Pros: Delicious food, Casual atmosphere

Cons: Rather small portions

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