I heard that The Butler was a place with a view but I was more curious about the French and Caribbean cuisine. Arriving early was in our favour as we walked through a lush oasis complete with palms to be seated outdoors looking straight onto the view of the city. Pictures of exotic flora cover the wall while the cane chairs and ceiling to floor French doors add to the chic colonial style. The attention to detail is shown with a pineapple plant with a pineapple growing on top as part of the décor.
The menu is a folded letter, our waiter explained that the dishes are meant to be shared with the menu divided into 'Seafare', 'Peckish' items that includes sliders, 'Greenery' and something heavier with 'Field Folly' options to keep the hunger games at bay.
A creative drinks menu is on offer with a range of French wine and champagne as well as Australian favourites. However it was the cocktail list that had my name on it, a 'Please & Thank You' with nips of gin, elderflower liqueur, citrus notes and orange blossom water served in a coupe glass.
The cocktail menu also illustrates the types of serving glasses that showcase the drinks, even with the option of carafes. I like the option of 'Ladies Who Lunch' - sounds like a lunch date with the gals is in order. Much like red and white wine are best served in different glasses, the same applies for cocktails. Depending on the type of liqueur, the glass shape is intended to hold the aroma for the enjoyment of the sipper. The Butler have invested well in style which is also reflected by the bar staff sporting casual smart shirts paired with shorts.
The 'Peckish' menu appealed due to the hot weather of late, so I ordered deep fried salted cod croquettes and curried mayo to start with. I had to try the beef and spice pork slider creole with mayo but the boudin noi slider with relish and charred corn is the bomb. Having heard the Tabasco prawns was a popular dish, we went with the flow and it was served surprisingly warm with mango green tomato salsa and coconut quinoa.
Food at The Butler
We tucked into the rich steak frites with smoked parsley butter and tapenade served with a dry toast and the scene at The Butler was happening. I wanted to try the jerk tofu with chilli salsa and broccolini. It was rather subtle in the spice department but a great gluten free and vegetarian option.The service was fast and furious with most the dishes coming at once and the sliders arriving last, which was a fitting finish.
Due to the nearby residential buildings, acoustics have been taken care of of with sound-capturing panels not looking out of place, unless you were critiquing the design. With automated clear screens that slide down to block the wind and bright lights, the place is geared to entertain.
With a daily changing dessert menu, on offer was a choice of peach trifle or chocolate terrine. I couldn't go past the decadent chocolate with raspberry coulis, fresh raspberries and cream. It was a race to get as much dessert into my mouth as I could. The Butler has a great vibe with divine cocktails, best suited to watching the setting sun and enjoying conversations with friends.