Cooking History

The Butler & The Bayleaf in Mumbai designed by interior designer Shabnam Gupta sees the perfect blend of a British mind and an Indian soul. 

Compiled by: BI Staff 
Photographs: Courtesy The Butler & The Bayleaf

The newest entrant into Mumbai’s restaurant scene is The Butler & The Bayleaf which opened in Juhu. Launched by restaurateur Kishore DF, the restaurant has been designed by the popular interior designer Shabnam Gupta of Mumbai-based The Orange Lane. The design ethos of The Butler & The Bayleaf, as the name suggests, is a perfect blend of a British mind and an Indian soul that brings forth the diverse spices of India (read northern India.)

With an aim to resemble the royal hospitality of the British Raj, the modern bistro-styled restaurant creates a vintage charm through the arched metal screens that bridges its indoor and outdoor spaces. The metal and glass details are made with the same delicacy as those from the 40s era. Its seating space is made of high-back wood furniture with intricate carvings. The outdoor space is decorated with pastel colour furniture which is paired with printed textiles in the shades of green. Peculiar to every British house, cosy corners have been incorporated in the restaurant. The corner space has been spruced up with tufted furniture, lace and embroidered tablecloths and vintage table lamps to add grandeur and a sense of homely warmth. The booth seating highlights an abundance of rich fabrics and beautiful prints. The ambience gives an old British Gymkhana vibe to the restaurant. The patio, a mix of chairs and sofas, with side planters accentuate modern dining with a touch of casual.

Representing a 100 per cent authentic north Indian cuisine, The Butler & The Bayleaf presents a menu that is carefully crafted by renowned chef Rajan Mehra. “At Butler, we never mess with the authenticity. No fusion for us, no shortcuts. We just cleverly repurpose for the modern bistro chic audience,” adds Kishore. The arms of the north open up with the heart-filling Shrimp and Mango Salad and the Spicy Guava and Arugula Salad; followed by exotic small plates of the authentic Kurkuri Bhindi and the Royal Style Chicken Noorani. Chole Bhaturas sends one to another culinary realm as the Seekh Kebab wraps brings a northern blend. The main dishes are a great reminder of ghar ka khana as they fill plates and hearts with Guthi hui Gobi, Butler Butter Chicken and Punjabi fish tikka. Besides, the restaurant also 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 flavours.

Hosted over a piano recital or a book-reading or a game of mah-jong, The Butler & The Bayleaf hosts a 4pm to 7pm old-style high tea. Well, when the name alone can set you on a journey of a culinary delight steeped in history, you know there is much more magic in store.