This humble spot has been a favourite of mine for years and I was very sad when their Queen St West location as it was a regular dining spot for me. It's cozy for brunch and a great date place or to have a casual dinner with good friends. It's hardwood interior and booths make the place warm and inviting.
Their menu is eclectic with international fare with their twist of westernized comfort and the dishes are soothing and the ingredients feel like they come out of their own pantry.
The dinner menu featured things like a spicy Biriyani- an Indian rice dish to Koshwash which is the Butler's version of the famous Burmese dish of noodles with chicken and coconut milk to Lamb Moussaka- a traditional greek dish to a Moroccan veggie tagine.
I ordered the Korean Bul-go-gi which is another dish that the Butler is well known for and it's thinly sliced beef that's been marinated with Korean sweet sauce and it's even specified on the menu that they will not serve this dish on weekends before 4pm which speaks to the popularity of the household specialty. It comes perfectly seasoned - sweet and sticky but not too overpowering and is delicious. Stacey ordered the Cajan Jamabalaya which she has been craving for a few months now. It is a mix of many spices that aren't too hot and seemed milder in taste than my bul-go-gi. The salad dressing was delicious but even our server didn't know what was in it as it's a well kept secret by the owners. The only thing she could tell us was that there was eggs in it.
Their brunch menu is also amazing featuring their signature french toast piled high with fruit and my regular order is scrambled eggs with mergez saussages. I really enjoy coming to this place as it's has such a low key casual atmosphere and a great variety of food choices.
2 locations: **** stars
591 Markham Street - in the annex
371 Roncesvalles - in the west end