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Lemon Butter is a concept incubator, fund management advisory, holding & guidance firm for the Food and Beverage Industry, founded in Dubai, UAE. We partner with businesses at every stage- from concept ideation and design, through project development and execution. We walk the entire journey with you!

You can say we offer a full course meal.

Our own restaurants are up and running in the UAE. We run our own concepts from cloud kitchens with multiple delivery only formats too. We partner and help scale up innovative and exciting F&B projects, from fine dining to fast food, and from food courts to speciality restaurant.

Think of us as your most memorable meal. We come together in the most delectable way and bring together every complexity of flavor to create the magic. We are always looking to bring a touch of quality and elegance. We bring out the soul in every creation. We’re never boring; there’s something new in every moment. And people don’t mind asking for more.

Put simply – we love Food. Hospitality. Experiences. When we see passion for the industry, we’re happy to join hands, whether it’s with an experienced partner or even young, passionate entrepreneurs looking to raise capital.

We help provide the nuts and bolts that keep the food industry dynamic and scalable both at local and global levels.

So, if you’re planning something around food, looking for guidance, or just need a fresh perspective – Reach out! Who knows where it takes us?

here's what we bring to the table

From the seed of an idea, to the glittering signboards and beyond: we’re here to help you, at
every step of the journey.

Take a look at our range of services.

 

we’ve been busy, gastronomically

Seeklo
Cloud chef
The Crossing
Pahli Hill
Bandra Bhai *
Pink Imli
Streetery Food Hall
Fat Aunt’s
Hing Kee
Zen

Seeklo

Fire is sacred, It’s Agni, the divine messenger between humans and Gods. It is the custodian of our traditions, and the keeper of memories. When we gather around the crackling spitting flames, we invoke this ancient connection.

In the heart of India, where the sun kisses the earth with fiery intensity, a culinary tradition as ancient as the scriptures thrives - the art of grilling. Passed down through generations, this craft weaves together flavours, rituals, and community. The air is laden with the aroma of spices and conversation, each marinating the other with potency and flavour.

As the cocktails flow, clinking glasses and sizzling grills become the perfect accompaniments to laughter and shared memories. Plates are passed around and the flickering firelight casts shadows on the walls as the swirl of drinks waltz across lingering smiles.

In the warmth of the flames, we find kinship; In the smoky haze, we discover communion. As we raise our glasses, we honour this timeless ritual of shared eating over fire, flavour, and belonging. Seeklo is where the ancient craft of grilling meets the contemporary allure of mixology.

Seek and ye shall find primal, authentic flavours.

Seek and ye shall raise a glass to your community.

Seeklo.

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Cloud chef

The Crossing

Welcome home to our table! At The Crossing, we bring back the nostalgia of life on the subcontinent, with all its blurred lines and chaos. Our meal experience is immersed in the nostalgia of secret Indian family recipes, showcasing just how diverse we are as a country, and how crisscrossed our culture is! We also give a nod to the rulers and raiders, explorers and natives, that have each played a part in what you see on your plate today.

Enjoy our carefully selected recipes from across India, using ethically-sourced GI-tagged ingredients, right here in downtown Dubai.

Here, at The Crossing, the lines are blurred. As the name suggests, we’ve crossed over borders and witnessed a crossing of cultures, habits and, most importantly, culinary practices. This crossing reflects in our menu, sans boundaries, where sections are fluid enough to not be labelled appetisers, mains and sides, yet stand side by side.

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Pahli Hill

Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, and modeled on the cultural melting pot of communal living, commonly known as “building societies” in Bombay, is Pahli Hill. Named after an old city neighbourhood, Pahli Hill offers the finest regional Indian small plates, derived from home recipes and traditional techniques, made to share in an informal setting. The restaurant celebrates an eclectic mix of flavours from every corner of the country. A celebration of community and exchange, of eating well and informally, of warmth and sharing.

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* Our Partner Restaurant

Bandra Bhai *

Beneath the streets of Fitzrovia, step into a retro Indian smugglers den. Full of spectacular trinkets, foreign liquor, gaudy art, and velvet upholstery, Bandra Bhai is a tribute to underground operations of years gone by and is now your delightfully tacky, dimly lit, groovy basement spot serving the best cocktails in London.

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* Our Partner Restaurant

Pink Imli

Pink Imli COOKHOUSE connects and binds the food from the Indian subcontinent and brings flavors from the mountains of Afghanistan and Nepal, to the midlands of India and shores of Sri Lanka and Myanmar on your plate with a modern and urban sensibility.

The menu evolves around grilling which is probably the most ancient form of cooking. The grilling at Pink Imli happens over an open charcoal pit fire. The menu offers classic charcoal grilled chicken and vegan dishes which are packed with nostalgic flavors and the region's subcontinental micro-cuisine inspired side dishes.

At Pink Imli, simplicity and time are the most valuable ingredients used. Pink Imli is presently a delivery only kitchen operating in Dubai, UAE and is soon growing to more locations near you.

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Streetery Food Hall

Streetery is a home-grown concept which prides itself on delivering the authentic taste of the region’s street food. It is an Asian food hall which celebrates the best of comfort Asian street food with a focus on ethnic ingredients from South East Asia and traditional cooking methods. Streetery boasts a pan-South Asian menu of soulful Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Korean street cuisine.It functions as a platform for micro-cuisine concepts like Zen, Fat Aunt and Hing Kee.

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Fat Aunt’s

Fat Aunt's celebrates the comfort of street food inspired by the years old recipes of mothers and grandmothers starting from most popular Malay curries, roti, paratha, Hong Kong style cart noodles made with fresh hand pulled noodles, done in house.The concept is developed under Aunty Lee, who has been running a very successful street side eatery in Singapore. Fat Aunt’s menu boasts of an elaborate Cantonese style dim sum offering, soup noodles and Asian fried chicken options. Fat Aunt's celebrates the comfort that is street food from Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

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Hing Kee

Hing Kee serves the best of charcoal grilled, BBQ and roast dishes from busy Hawker centers of buzzing south-east Asian cities. Hing Kee means good fortune in Cantonese and symbolizes growth. From Gai Yang (Thai BBQ chicken) to Hainanese Chicken Rice (Singapore), from Chicken Satay (Malaysia) to Char Siu Beef (Hong Kong), this concept represent the heart of Southeast Asian favorites. The menu offering embodies the sizzle and warmth from the glowing amber charcoals, the dripping fat on fire and the ever nostalgic aroma of charred grilled protein. Hing Kee makes its own dipping sauces and sambal which is arguably one of the best you will ever taste. Going the extra length, Hing Kee uses traditional methods of cooking to capture the true essence of the dishes we all love from traditional eateries in the Far East.

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Zen

Established in 2005, Zen serves the best of street style wok dishes from South East Asia. Every preparation is done
in-house from scratch including the various flavorful pastes used for curries and soups. Zen is a concept tested with time for consistent delivery of comfort Asian wok dishes ranging from stir fries, noodles, rices and traditional curries. The noodles and Thai vegetables are flown in from Thailand twice a week to achieve the freshness. Our team of chefs have been trained by Thai home cooks and have been bringing the recipes to life in our restaurants for over 15 years now.

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THE TEAM

As Lemon Butter wears many hats, so do the founders. They bring diverse skills and experiences from various backgrounds together.

With professional insights, a strong network, management expertise and access to vast resources, the team at Lemon Butter is all set to help accelerate your business.

ANKUR CHAKRABORTY

ANKUR CHAKRABORTY

With a degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management, Ankur has 16+ years of experience in high-impact leadership roles in the F&B Industry, both as a Chef and as a business leader. He was GM of Tablez food company, UAE, a subsidiary of the retail conglomerate LuLu Group. He was instrumental in driving profitability through sustainable dining concepts, and from 2015 the portfolio grew from 3 brands, 90 team strength to almost 35 restaurants across 8 brands with nearly 800 team strength by 2020. The Tablez portfolio, consisting of home-grown concepts, were ideated and executed, along with identifying new franchise concepts and bringing them to the region with successful negotiations and agreements with multiple brands. Ankur also designed and setup a 20,000 square foot HACCP-certified central food processing kitchen for Tablez to optimize cost efficiencies and give structural support. He began a new world of delivery-only cloud kitchen concepts.

A highlight in Ankur’s career was leading a large F&B setup for an indoor theme park in Dubai as the Head of Culinary, where fresh concepts were created to work with IPs like Marvel Studios, Cartoon Network and Lost World. This project had a F&B footprint of over 28 concepts spread across 1.5 million square feet and a processing kitchen of almost 40,000 square feet.

Ankur has worked under Chef Atul Kochhar from the UK, who has One Michelin star and has conceptualized ZAFRAN, for Foodmark( A unit of Landmark group International) in 2010, and delivered multiple restaurants under this brand as its Concept Chef and Business Manager.

As a young Executive Chef, he has also successfully set up and managed Indigo, an Indian restaurant at Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi in 2006.

Spearheading high-volume and high-quality culinary operations has provided him with a rich working experience across the F&B in Hotels, institutional catering and multi-unit restaurant operations.

JARRET D’ABREO

JARRET D’ABREO

Jarret has 16+ years of experience in working on business development, project management and marketing, in the B2B and B2C sectors.

He takes care of the industrial commodities trading investments of Sambal Ventures Trading LLC. He served as the Director of Marry Me Group (Mumbai, India) for a decade. Under his leadership, the Group diversified into 3 new verticals, with him being hands-on with strategies, hiring, and training employees specific to each vertical.

He has also served as the Manager of Synergy Relationship Management Services in India. His role included staff training in soft skills and effective communication. He has serviced top-tier companies like Ebay, Polaris, HSBC, ICICI Lombard, Pepsico International and many more.

ABHISHEK JOSHI

ABHISHEK JOSHI

Abhishek is a man of many interests and noteworthy abilities. In a career spanning 18+ years, He has worked with some of the biggest companies in the Finance sector. As a banker, he has worked with Citi Bank, ABN Amro and Deutsche Bank. He was also a part of a core group that sought to set up India’s first Special Economic Zone - Positra (Pipavav).

Abhishek is passionate about building businesses. He is a partner in an industrial commodity trading firm – Sambal Ventures. An expression of his varied interests is the co-ownership of Carden Academy, a K-8 school in Silicon Valley, rated amongst the Top 5 schools in the Valley.

Abhishek runs mandates from large family offices out of Asia to help them develop their businesses.

Shiryn Dodhy

Shiryn Dodhy

Shiryn is an experienced global brand leader who has worked across multiple brands and categories, driving brand strategy and initiatives that deliver multiple business targets. She is customer focused and results orientated and has been responsible for world class brand
performance and successful brand transformation and turnaround results.

As a seasoned brand and marketing professional she has a wealth of experience in the F&B and hospitality industry. Previously worked with renowned organizations such as Alshaya, Landmark Group, IHG, and Hutchison 3, leading the regional marketing and growth for brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse, IHOP, Fogo de Chão, TGI Fridays, Red Lobster, Nandos and Carluccios.

In her most recent role as Marketing Director of Americana (Kuwait Food Company), Shiryn lead the Casual Dining and Growth brands in the region for UAE, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, and Jordan. As the Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing she is responsible for leading the Brand and Marketing portfolio for all Lemon Butter Group brands. An instrumental part of her role is to enhance our brand growth, presence, drive marketig and sales, as well as supporting mergers & acquisitions activities.

Rishi Bhagirath

Rishi Bhagirath

Rishi comes with a very diverse background. He studied Dental Mechanics and then completed his MBA in HR. He started his career from sales HR in PepsiCo and post that has been associated with the notable hospitality organizations in India where he’s a known name.

In his last stint he was working for a Norwegian State Owned power company where he was leading the Talent Management & Talent Acquisition. He’s very well networked & has done some great job in the HR space. He has a robust, well-rounded HR experience of more than a decade having worked as an HR Business Partner in the areas of Talent Management, Talent Acquisition(Mid to senior level hiring), Policy formations, Industrial Relations and HR automation.

During his stint with ITC Hotels & Radisson Hotel Group, South Asia, he was instrumental in 20+ pre-opening projects respectively where he worked extensively in setting up the HR infrastructure for the new properties. He also has experience in supporting configuration & design of HCM tools as per the customized requirements of the organization.

THE TEAM

As Lemon Butter wears many hats, so do the founders. They bring diverse skills and experiences from various backgrounds together.

With professional insights, a strong network, management expertise and access to vast resources, the team at Lemon Butter is all set to help accelerate your business.

ANKUR CHAKRABORTY

ANKUR CHAKRABORTY

With a degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management, Ankur has 16+ years of experience in high-impact leadership roles in the F&B Industry, both as a Chef and as a business leader. He was GM of Tablez food company, UAE, a subsidiary of the retail conglomerate LuLu Group. He was instrumental in driving profitability through sustainable dining concepts, and from 2015 the portfolio grew from 3 brands, 90 team strength to almost 35 restaurants across 8 brands with nearly 800 team strength by 2020. The Tablez portfolio, consisting of home-grown concepts, were ideated and executed, along with identifying new franchise concepts and bringing them to the region with successful negotiations and agreements with multiple brands. Ankur also designed and setup a 20,000 square foot HACCP-certified central food processing kitchen for Tablez to optimize cost efficiencies and give structural support. He began a new world of delivery-only cloud kitchen concepts.

A highlight in Ankur’s career was leading a large F&B setup for an indoor theme park in Dubai as the Head of Culinary, where fresh concepts were created to work with IPs like Marvel Studios, Cartoon Network and Lost World. This project had a F&B footprint of over 28 concepts spread across 1.5 million square feet and a processing kitchen of almost 40,000 square feet.

Ankur has worked under Chef Atul Kochhar from the UK, who has One Michelin star and has conceptualized ZAFRAN, for Foodmark( A unit of Landmark group International) in 2010, and delivered multiple restaurants under this brand as its Concept Chef and Business Manager.

As a young Executive Chef, he has also successfully set up and managed Indigo, an Indian restaurant at Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi in 2006.

Spearheading high-volume and high-quality culinary operations has provided him with a rich working experience across the F&B in Hotels, institutional catering and multi-unit restaurant operations.

JARRET D’ABREO

JARRET D’ABREO

Jarret has 16+ years of experience in working on business development, project management and marketing, in the B2B and B2C sectors.

He takes care of the industrial commodities trading investments of Sambal Ventures Trading LLC. He served as the Director of Marry Me Group (Mumbai, India) for a decade. Under his leadership, the Group diversified into 3 new verticals, with him being hands-on with strategies, hiring, and training employees specific to each vertical.

He has also served as the Manager of Synergy Relationship Management Services in India. His role included staff training in soft skills and effective communication. He has serviced top-tier companies like Ebay, Polaris, HSBC, ICICI Lombard, Pepsico International and many more.

ABHISHEK JOSHI

ABHISHEK JOSHI

Abhishek is a man of many interests and noteworthy abilities. In a career spanning 18+ years, He has worked with some of the biggest companies in the Finance sector. As a banker, he has worked with Citi Bank, ABN Amro and Deutsche Bank. He was also a part of a core group that sought to set up India’s first Special Economic Zone - Positra (Pipavav).

Abhishek is passionate about building businesses. He is a partner in an industrial commodity trading firm – Sambal Ventures. An expression of his varied interests is the co-ownership of Carden Academy, a K-8 school in Silicon Valley, rated amongst the Top 5 schools in the Valley.

Abhishek runs mandates from large family offices out of Asia to help them develop their businesses.

JITIN JOSHI

Introducing Jitin Joshi, one of the most captivating Michelin star chefs to emerge from the contemporary Indian culinary movement. Chef Jitin brings a remarkable blend of influences from Indian, French and British kitchens.

Renowned for his diverse and illustrious background and expertise he has recently embarked on a new journey with The Lemon Butter Group. Assuming the prestigious role of Director of Culinary where he will lead the growth of The Crossing, Indian Fine Dining internationally.

With meticulous care, Chef Jitin curates a menu that harmonizes the vibrant hues, tantalizing aromas, and distinct tastes of India's diverse regions, creating an extraordinary culinary experience.

His journey is a testament to his passion, talent, and dedication to pushing culinary boundaries. His unique blend of global influences continues to captivate palates and inspire culinary enthusiasts worldwide.

His previous experience in London, honed his skills as a Sous Chef at the esteemed two-Michelin-starred Capital Hotel and later Head Pastry Chef at Gordon Ramsay's renowned Maze in London. His culinary journey then led him to the distinguished position of Executive Chef at Benares in Mayfair, where he partnered with Atul Kochhar to guide the team to a well-deserved Michelin star.

He also served as the Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred Gymkhana in Mayfair, elevating the culinary experience to new heights. Additionally, he collaborated with Soho House, spearheading the expansion of their pop-up locations to vibrant cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam, and the illustrious Babington House in the UK.

Shiryn Dodhy

Shiryn is an experienced global brand leader who has worked across multiple brands and categories, driving brand strategy and initiatives that deliver multiple business targets. She is customer focused and results orientated and has been responsible for world class brand
performance and successful brand transformation and turnaround results.

As a seasoned brand and marketing professional she has a wealth of experience in the F&B and hospitality industry. Previously worked with renowned organizations such as Alshaya, Landmark Group, IHG, and Hutchison 3, leading the regional marketing and growth for brands such as The Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse, IHOP, Fogo de Chão, TGI Fridays, Red Lobster, Nandos and Carluccios.

In her most recent role as Marketing Director of Americana (Kuwait Food Company), Shiryn lead the Casual Dining and Growth brands in the region for UAE, KSA, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, and Jordan. As the Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing she is responsible for leading the Brand and Marketing portfolio for all Lemon Butter Group brands. An instrumental part of her role is to enhance our brand growth, presence, drive marketig and sales, as well as supporting mergers & acquisitions activities.

Rishi Bhagirath

Rishi Bhagirath

Rishi comes with a very diverse background. He studied Dental Mechanics and then completed his MBA in HR. He started his career from sales HR in PepsiCo and post that has been associated with the notable hospitality organizations in India where he’s a known name.

In his last stint he was working for a Norwegian State Owned power company where he was leading the Talent Management & Talent Acquisition. He’s very well networked &  has done some great job in the HR space. He has a robust, well-rounded HR experience of more than a decade having worked as an HR Business Partner in the areas of Talent Management, Talent Acquisition(Mid to senior level hiring), Policy formations, Industrial Relations and HR automation.

During his stint with ITC Hotels & Radisson Hotel Group, South Asia, he was instrumental in 20+ pre-opening projects respectively where he worked extensively in setting up the HR infrastructure for the new properties. He also has experience in supporting configuration & design of HCM tools as per the customized requirements of the organization.

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Phone:

+971 4 880 5617

address:

Unit No: BA256, DMCC Business Centre
Level No 1, Jewellery & Gemplex 3
Dubai, United Arab Emirates