Botanica Banana Buckwheat Poppyseed Bread (Food of the Week)

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Banana bread gets several upgrades at Botanica in Silver Lake.

Botanica kind of looks like a lifestyle magazine come to life, and that’s pretty much the point from longtime food editors and first-time restaurateurs Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling. Their picturesque Silver Lake establishment resides just down Silver Lake Boulevard from the reservoir. The airy space features a market and bakery up front, a cafe with exposed rafters and raked pink walls, a plant-lined back patio, and a seasonal, Cal modern menu.

They sell plain banana buckwheat poppyseed bread in the front pastry case, but to truly get the full effect, order Ghee-toasted Banana Buckwheat Poppyseed Bread ($12). Each butter-kissed, slightly nutty slab is seasoned with cinnamon and vanilla, toasted, cut in half, and plated on bright citrus-ginger-cardamom yogurt showered with lemon zest, and topped with rotating roasted spring fruit and delicate edible purple flowers.

Botanica Banana Buckwheat Poppyseed Bread (Food of the Week)

1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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