This was my first time dining at Butterfield 9. It will probably be the only time for a while until I save my pennies, stop working for a non-profit or marry rich. Fortunately, there were two reasons to celebrate: it was during Restaurant Week and it was my friend's birthday. (She chose the restaurant.)
There were three in our party and we were promptly seated a few minutes after we arrived. Everyone was very courteous and friendly.
Butterfield's dinner menu for RW was impressive. After a few minutes of reviewing the options, I ordered the chilled mango soup for the first course, grilled lemon snapper for the entrée and the crème brûlée for dessert.
My friends both ordered the roasted jumbo lump crab cake for the first course, herbed rack of lamb for the entrée and the Mexican chocolate soufflé cake for dessert.
We split a bottle of Cabernet from South Australia (Smith & Hooper) between us. It was the least costly on the menu, but it was still quite good.
Back to the food...
The chilled mango soup was SO good. I could have eaten that all night. The flavors--a mango puree with a scoop of salty lime sorbet with a two basil leaves--were intense. The basil made it savory and the saltiness of the sorbet made it like a margarita.
My friends enjoyed their crab cakes, too. They said it was like butter melting in their mouths.
On to the entrées:
- The lemon snapper was grilled, served in a miso broth and topped with cashews. There were assorted Asian style vegetables (thinly-sliced red peppers, cabbage, etc.) served under the fish. The miso broth and the fish worked very well together. It made the snapper moist, but not mushy. The fish was still flaky, but flavorful.
- The herbed rack of lamb was served with scalloped cauliflower (mashed potatoes for the Atkins crowd), wild mushrooms and pea shoots. My friends said it was very good. (We didn't share because we wanted to hoard it all to ourselves! ;) )
After such a great opening with the chilled mango soup and continuing into the grilled snapper, I found the crème brûlée to be just okay. It was served with a small soft ginger cookie, which was nothing extraordinary, except it probably came straight from the oven.
My friends raved about the Mexican soufflé, with the dense chocolate and spicy flavor.
Overall, it was a great dinner from start to finish. If I were to return, I wouldn't get the crème brûlée.
Without the tip, the three meals, wine and tax came to about $135. On the way out, the hostess wished my friend a happy birthday. Nice finishing touch.