Madame Butterfly, located at 110 West Congress Street, recently opened and definitely brings the visual drama. Its ground level is a lavish space that houses a bar with counter seating which stretches across one wall, enhanced by beautiful lighting. Around the rest of the room you will find marble tabletops with heating elements in the middle made specifically for hot pots, this does not take away from the aesthetic and instead adds to the appeal. The plush seating, warm wood tones and strategically placed mirrors make for a warm welcome space and invite you to settle in and stay for awhile. It’s an atmosphere where a casual outfit is acceptable but you would also feel comfortable in something a little more dressy.
Scout enjoyed lunch service which is offered Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Dinner service is available Sunday to Thursday 5:00pm to 10:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm. The lunch menu offers a wide variety of appetizers starting with yakitori, a variety of meats grilled that are served on a skewer. They also offer wings, local crab bites, steak tartare and Madame Bang shrimp to name a few. We opted for yakitori duck breast ($5.95) and Chilean sea bass ($6.95). Both were perfectly charred outside while flavorful and tender inside. It is not a true “small plates” restaurant, however the menu is easily shareable and built so you can experience more than one of the creatively flavored dishes.
So many delicious options grace the menu, like cucumber scallion salad, roasted 1/2 chicken along with stews, soups and seafood options. The Caesar salad with house made smoked bacon ($11.45) was our second course and paying extra for the bacon pays off double. For entrees we indulged in the Korean steak and eggs ($14.95) which is a delicious tower of steak, tomatoes, kimchi and cucumber topped off with an egg on top. The dish was a perfect mixture of spicy kimchi, rich egg yolk and salty from the beautifully cooked steak. Then we opted for crab + scallop cake which was impressively gluten free served with an endive salad and pan fried egg. Would absolutely order every one of these items again, however Madam Butterfly hit it out of the park with 3 out of 3 entrees, it would be a disservice to not try other dishes.
We loved the food but we also need to share more on the amazing cocktails. The White Geisha(soju, pear, fresh lime, sparkling yuzu $14) is the perfect cocktail for an autumn day with just a hint of pear. If you prefer your drink with a bit of spice then you’ll want to order the Jungle Bird (Jamaican Rum, Thai chili infused Aperol, pineapple, cane sugar and fresh lime $12). Last but not least is the beautiful Monarch (Soju barley, strawberry, elderflower, citrus and yogurt espuma $14) which is the perfect after lunch cocktail since it is on the sweet side and hard to drink just one.
Madame Butterfly impressed, not only the food and drink, but also the service was top notch. Joan was our knowledgeable server with great suggestions and easily answered all food allergy concerns. Mark tended the bar with skill and precision and stopped by the table to make sure everything was satisfactory. All these things combined are the mark of a great restaurant, BUT there is more to come. They have an equally impressive Korean steakhouse on the 2nd floor with cook-your-own options, as well as, a beautiful private room in the basement. Look for the hot pots on all floors to fire up soon. All good things are coming your way at Madame Butterfly.