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As the name alludes, The Butler is a Sydney restaurant that really knows how to service. Boasting the kind of Sydney views you’ll want an out-of-towner to see and the kind of share menu you really don't want to share, this bar and eatery makes us the happiest of diners every time we visit.
Formed by the talented guys at Applejack Hospitality group, the first thing you notice when entering this Potts Point oasis is the décor. Exotic French colonial themes pervade the enclosed dining area and a forest-like garden consumes the outdoor terrace—think sandstone walls, plantation ceiling fans and some casual pineapple trees to set the scene.
Being one of our go-to places on warm summer evenings, when we heard The Butler recently launched their winter menu, we simply had to check out what new French-Caribbean goodies they were offering.
The menu is an all-encompassing mixture of quality seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Nibbles are the first to tickle our fancy because, who can say no to a braised chicken croquette with mustard and parsley salad whilst studying the rest of the menu? Not us! Next in line for consumption is a share plate of seared tuna, curried chickpeas and yoghurt, shortly followed by the superbly savoury Caribbean pork short ribs and corn bread. And for you vegos, greenery dishes such as the fried cauliflower, braised red onion, mint and pistachio utterly impressed the entire table.
As if all this delicious food isn’t enough to warm you up, their famous espresso martini is served in not one but three differing ways to suit every coffee snob and cocktail enthusiast around. And if you want to enjoy some booze while fighting off a winter cold (it’s how we justify cocktails, okay?) then don't go past the Clover Moore, a tasty mix of Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemon, ginger, honey, and clove syrup, with a side of Talisker 10 year old whisky for good measure. For something a little more on the fruity side, go with The Plum Diaries, a mix of Chairman’s Reserve special rum with cassis, lime, plum, cinnamon and egg white. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and boozy, and it hits the spot every time. Speaking of fruit, the wine list reflects the essence of the restaurant, offering plenty of French options of white, red and sparkling.
So whether you’re after a lavish dinner or just a couple of devilish drinks to get you through the cooler months, The Butler is, well and truly, at your service.
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