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May 10, 2019

What is Kylie's favourite soup? How does Elton John feel about salmon teriyaki? Find out at The Botany.

Recently refurbished, The Botany (main pic) on Maryhill Road has just welcomed a new Head Chef.

Jim Kerr will be a name familiar to anyone with an interest in Glasgow's restaurant scene over the last few years.

His most recent post was at The Western Club restaurant in the city centre. Before that, his career took in Nairn's, Rogano, One Devonshire Gardens and the luxurious five star hotel, Mar Hall.

All of the above have seen their fair share of starry names walk through the door. Or at least have had starry names ushered in via a discreet side entrance.

However, it was during his six years at Mar Hall where Chef Kerr cooked for numerous celebs such as Beyoncé, Elton John, Kylie and Robbie Williams. 

Elton John's favourite

Nothing Elton likes more after performing Tiny Dancer than tucking into salmon teriyaki.

Nothing Elton likes more after performing Tiny Dancer than tucking into salmon teriyaki.

Pop star Pink even joined him in the kitchen one night, and taught him one of her favourite vegetarian dishes. Unfortunately, there is no record of whether or not she helped with the dishes afterwards.

The chef has been brought into The Botany to help spruce up the menu. his dishes are described as 'classic Scottish cuisine, with an international twist, using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients where available'.

Apparently, the Rocket Man, that's Elton John rather President Trump's pet name for Kim Jong-Un, was a big fan of Kerr's salmon teriyaki with sticky rice.

Kylie Minogue stayed at Mar Hall for a week and was head over heels for the chef's Asian hot and sour soup.

We're sure it is very tasty but we are slightly surprised to hear that the divine Ms Minogue actually eats real food.

We always thought she lived on a diet of sequins and nice thoughts.

Kylie likes it spicy: Chef Kerr's hot and sour soup.

Kylie likes it spicy: Chef Kerr's hot and sour soup.

Book via 5pm 

Anyhow, the new menu launches today and, as well as celeb faves, it includes starters such as salad of sweet pickled herring with Jersey Royals and apple; an aubergine and red pepper terrine and there is also the option of a smooth chicken liver parfait with heather honey marmalade and toasted brioche.

For mains, expect dishes such risotto primavera with asparagus, broad beans and peas; a grilled lemon sole and a chana dal with roasted turmeric cauliflower, fragrant rice and gluten-free naan.

Each Sunday, the Botany roast is available from 1pm for £14. Featuring the roast of the day, it includes roast tatties, Yorkshire pudding, braised red cabbage and mature cheddar broccoli cheese. These disappear fast though, so it’s best to turn up early.

Naturally, you can book The Botany via 5pm Dining.

Remember that when it comes to ordering, you should always take a little time to ask, 'What would Bey have for brunch?'

We suspect it would not be the full cooked.