Capitalizing on Chicago’s reputation as the world’s steakhouse capital, Butcher & Still in the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi is an ode to Prohibition Era Chicago when Al Capone reigned, while combining elements of the iconic Chicago architecture scene and whimsy from the popular World’s Fair in Chicago – the Columbian Exposition.
Designed by AvroKo, the restaurant imports meat selections daily from the Fulton Stock Yards in Chicago, and the kitchen reflects the pride of its quality cuisine, anchored by a large feature oven sitting squarely in the middle of the dining room allowing transparency between guests and chefs.
Lighting and architectural details are inspired by inventor Nicola Tesla, which is evident in the table and floor lamp designs, kitchen shelves that are entwined with electrical wire and an oversized Tanqueray 10 shaker, which serves as a theatrical art feature shaking 4 cocktail shakers at once.
The basement-level private dining room is the hidden gem of the venue, situated in a barrel vault that feels very jail cell-esque and is accessible by a private elevator. The intimate space is inspired by Al Capone’s Cadillac, featuring wood flooring with carpet inlay, large leather banquettes and pressed tin crown molding. Cow head wall paper lines the walls in the restroom corridor leading to bathrooms which are clad with feature black tiles embedded with bullets.
The project fit-out was completed by KPS.