The tony and the famous Juhu in Mumbai now boasts of a new fine dining address, The Butler and the Bayleaf. The name itself promises a unique gastronomic delight waiting to explode the taste buds. This newly opened fine dining destination boasts of an authentic North Indian menu. This charming place is a splendid collaboration of the royal hospitality of the British Raj, with the caress of a modern bistro style restaurant.
Kishore DF, the name behind this innovative venture, says with a tinge of pride, “At Butler, we never compromise with the authenticity. No fusion for us, no shortcuts. We just cleverly repurpose for the modern bistro chic audience.” After the tremendous success of ‘ The Tanjore Tiffin’, this is Kishore’s latest initiative to delve deep into the myriad tastes of Indian palate.
The menu is exclusive and captures the North Indian flavours really well. Truly lipsmacking, the delicate and decadent flavours of Shrimp and Mango Salad and the Spicy Guava and Arugula Salad are just perfect to kickstart this culinary voyage at The Butler and the Bayleaf. Butler presents a menu for the audience that is carefully crafted by renowned chef Rajan Mehra. The main course bring along a truly robust potpourri of flavours with authentic Kurkuri Bhindi and the Royal style Chicken Noorani or Chole Bhaturas which promise to literally transport you to another culinary realm, as the Seekh Kebab wraps bring a northern blend. The Main dishes are a great reminder of the ‘ghar ka khana’ as they fill our plates and hearts with Guthi hui Gobi, Butler Butter Chicken and Punjabi fish tikka.
There is no North without the Biryanis, as the Butler serves the luscious Chicken Dum Biryani and the taste bud tingling Kathal Dum Biryani. The Bakharkhani and the Khameeri Roti set a good standard for Indian breads. While the Croissant Pudding with Spicy Rum flavoured Angoori Mango Rabdi, is a blend of Indian and modern.
Not just the out-of-the-world culinary delights, the restaurant boasts of out-of-the box experience too. The Butler invites the audience a brilliant nostalgic sensation with a 4pm to 7pm old style high tea experience. Hosted over a piano recital or a book-reading or a game of mah-jong, this event accompanies your favourite beverage with the finger foods. If you are a Mumbaikar, plan a visit soon to capture just the right ambience coupled with a ‘tasteful’ experience. If you are visiting Mumbai, this place needs to be on your ‘go to’ list to experience some ‘experience.’