What’s in a name, wrote Shakespeare, dismissing the importance of an appellation. Actually a name evokes images, in this case that of a quintessential British institution, the Butler, who ministers to every need of his master or masters with understanding and efficiency. For this restaurant, the name could not have been more misplaced, as the service was not just poor, but a disaster.
Islamabad is not famous for the quality of its food joints, although the Khaas kitchen under Tony’s helmsmanship, and the Street 1 Café, had raised the bar. Over the last one year, Islamabad has seen a proliferation of restaurants and cafés in Islamabad, with indifferent to mediocre quality, and very similar menus. The tomato soup at The Butler was average; the rocket salad was good but had exactly 4 small pieces of apples, and the vegetable panini had a very desi flavour, while its bread was too dry. The quality of bread and bread sticks in the breadbasket was also poor; even the United Bakery next door could have provided better stuff. However, the restaurant’s location in the Super Market, next to Behbud, as well as its reasonable prices, seemed to be the draw for its full house at lunchtime.
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