The Buzz: The vertical moss gardens, faux flower baskets and chandeliers lend this newest restaurant at Bandra BKC a happy vibe. I mean how can you be sad when you are sitting in a brightly lit place with purple velvet chairs and gorging on comfort food you grew up on (read the legendary Shiv Sagar Pav bhaji). Butterfly High has a dual personality. It’s a co-working office space that metamorphoses into a bar in the evening. There are community-style tables with plug points, Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as printing and projection facilities.
What’s Hot: The food menu by chef Rakesh Talwar is primarily fusion Indian with a pinch of European and Far East thrown in. Familiar foods might involve pleasant surprises. Bite into a taco and you’ll find spicy chicken sukka and grated coconut. The combination of tomato rasam and fried idlis sounds strange, but it does a jig on the tongue. Try it. The pulled jackfruit nachos with Monterey jack cheese, jalapenos, refried beans, tomato salsa and sour cream is a sweet, sour and spicy revelation. If you are looking for classics then traditional ghee roast prawns is a good bet as also the Butter Chicken with Mini Kulchas. There is also veg and fish thali. If you are on the gluten free wagon the pesto bajra pasta has your name written all over it.
Thankfully the cocktails at Butterfly High are not played around much with. The hugely instagrammable drinks are made with freshly squeezed fruit juices and in house shrubs and syrups. Be ready with your phone camera when The Pot Of Gold comes to your table. A pint of beer stands upside down inside a glass filled with vodka, elderflower syrup, fresh cucumber and mint leaves. Another interesting cocktail is the house specialty Butterfly High with activated charcoal tequila, lime, vanilla and pineapple juice. This comes topped with a blue orchid. If you spring for a dessert Mario’s Discovery is a thing of beauty. It’s a mushroom garden with the macaroons playing the mushroom tops while white chocolate make the stems. Cute.
What’s Not: Fusion food is all good but changing the culinary DNA of the dishes is not. And while I am all for enjoying new flavour combinations, a quinoa bhel is taking it too far. Some dishes like Lamb hummus with ghee rubbed khakhra and khichiya papad are too gimmicky and souless.
Cost: Rs 2500 for a meal for two with alcohol
Where: Unit 4, Ground Floor, Jet Airways Godrej G Block, BKC, call 022 33126730
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