I had brunch at Cafe Botanica (in one of the little historic naval houses within snug harbor off Richmond Terrace) Sunday, and was really impressed. I had an egg white, gruyere, onion, and tomato omelette with probably the best (lightest, fluffiest, flakiest) biscuit I've ever had, nicely complemented by some kind of homemade (rasp|straw)berry butter. The only glitch on the omelette, truth be told, was that they left slivers of the brown rind on the cheese, which, while edible, didn't melt into the same consistency as the cheese, so they looked and felt weird and stringy. The plate was completed by a cup of cut fruit (melon and pineapple) which didn't taste soggy and halfhearted, but rather tasted like I had just cut them out of the fruit myself. In other words, good. My girlfriend had so-called "eggs in a nest" which were two nice big pieces of sliced toasted brioche with a poached egg embedded in each, and apparently cooked there as well. The brioche was a tad dried from toasting, but was still moist enough to taste really nice and a little chewy the way brioche often does. The coffee came in french presses, and although it tasted good, I must confess that I didn't see grounds in the bottom of mine, so I wouldn't be surprised if they just use the pots as a serving apparatus. On the whole, a very enjoyable meal, a pleasant surprise, and WELL worth it considering that everything clocked in at $17.50, much less than we'd pay per person for brunch at some places in the Slope that aren't even as good.
We sat outside on the front porch with a view of the gardens, which really made the meal. The place is small, so large parties aren't recommended.