The Best Butter Chicken In Lisbon
Lisbon is a multifaceted city with a contrast between the historical and modern, combining different cultures, trends and lifestyles. And is one of the most culturally vibrant ones in Europe. This bustling metropolis is home to multiple Indian restaurants and is not constrained by the general North-South divide but gives you a chance to explore regional Indian Cuisine as well, apart from the many colonial influences Indian have fondly embraced Indianninfulence dishes from Mozambique, Mauritius and the West Indies is also available.
The south Indian state of Goa was a colony of Portugal for a long time, people familiar to this cuisine will be able to spot quite a few dishes in their native avatars.
Also, Some of the best Indian Chefs call Lisbon their home. So what are we waiting for, lets’s take a dive and explore the Best Butter Chicken in Lisbon?
Location: Largo Dona Estefania 7, Lisbon
About the restaurant: A traditional Indian curry house, serving hearty Indian fare, like the streets of Delhi. Made with authentic spices imported from India and blended with the most attention to detail, with a team of experienced chefs at their disposal.
The restaurant also has a few dishes of Portuguese and African influence. And it is perfect for a quick grab&go meal or a laid back guilt-free meal at the end of a tiring workday.
Zaafran‘s Butter Chicken: Chicken Tikka cooked to perfection in a clay tandoor and topped with a creamy and decadent tomato and cashew nut sauce, with hints of dry fenugreek and loads of fresh butter.
Cost: 10.50 for a large serving is a steal deal in our books and would recommend it to anyone in town.
2. Restaurante India Gate
Location: Rua da Padaria n 18, Lisbon
About the restaurant: Located in a historic part of town, the restaurant is housed in a heritage building and gives you an old-world feel and transports you to the colonial era.
With comfortable dining, prompt service and an eye for detail, this restaurant serve some of the best butter chicken in Lisbon. They also provide curbside pick or delivery options and have built a good reputation in the local community.
India Gate‘s Butter Chicken: A tender and succulent gravy made with tempered tomatoes and cream, seasoned with cardamom, bay leaf and fresh cream. A bit sweet for the Indian palette, but surely a winner of hearts in Lisbon.
Cost: 14.75 is a reasonable price considering the overall dining experience and the exceptional service that come hand in hand.
Location: Travessa da Palmeira 44/46, Lisbon
About the restaurant: This restaurant is known for a mixture of great, traditional Indian flavours blended with a modern approach. You can see that this is a unique concept from the moment you walk into the beautifully decorated restaurant, with the South Indian movie murals covering the walls. The contemporary art and food are a treat for the senses.
Chutnify‘s Butter Chicken: Originating in Germany they have begun winning hearts across Europe, bound to be one of the best butter chicken in Lisbon. Tender boneless chunks of chicken in a sweet yet tart sauce with subtle heat from the Kashmiri chillies used. A favourite amongst the regulars.
Cost: 13 makes it an affordable option, considering the contemporary location, artwork, service and overall ambience. Best shared with the company though, due to its large portion size.
4. Natraj Tandoori
Location: Rua do Sol ao Rato 52, Lisbon
About the restaurant: An award-winning restaurant with a rich pedigree of chefs and entrepreneurs managing this kitchen, they have risen to the limelight and has held the title of Best Asian Restaurant proudly. Plush interiors that replicate the finer details of an Indian palace to provide you with an experience fit for a king.
Natraj‘s Butter Chicken: As the name suggests the restaurant is famous for its clay oven cooked delicacies from the north of India. Tender chicken tikka marinated overnight in hung yoghurt and spices is cooked to perfection and then topped with a creamy and tangy sauce made from ripe tomatoes and blended with a cashew nut and pistachio puree. Top that with butter and cream and lose yourself in its taste, definitely one of the best butter chicken in Lisbon.
Cost: At 8.50 it is a deal unlike any other, try it once and keep coming back for more.
5. Swaagat The Taste of India
Location: Rua dos Correeiros – 122/128, Lisbon
About the restaurant: A winner of the travellers choice award, as the name signifies, bliss is what the restaurant promises in terms of a culinary experience. Traditional cooking techniques at their finest. Combine fresh local produce and authentic spices and mixes from India and voila what you have is a culinary masterpiece.
Swaagat‘s Butter Chicken: Chicken Morsels Grilled over a charcoal flame and Cooked in a sweet yet tart tomato reduction, with copious amounts of butter, enriched with a puree of almonds, cashews and cream. Sweet with a hint of piquant flavour from the dry methi leaves.
Cost: 13.50 isn’t too bad for a meal that’s both satisfying in terms of quantity and quality. Don’t miss out on this wonderful gem hidden in the streets of Lisbon, definitely one of the best butter chicken in Lisbon.
6. Caxemira or Cashmere
Location: Rua dos Condes de Monsanto 4 1º Dto, Lisbon
About the restaurant: The restaurant is located discreetly on the first floor of an unmarked building, in a non-ubiquitous street. Only the regulars and new initiates in this temple of gastronomy know its actual location and have somewhat of a cult following around it.
Named after the North Indian state of Kashmir, you can enjoy both northern and southern delicacies here.
Caxemira‘s Butter Chicken: Traditional murgh makhani, grilled chicken tikka marinated in hung yoghurt and a medley of spices, cooked to perfection in a Clay Tandoor and topped with a sweet and tangy tomato sauce rich in butter and cream. Spicier than your usual butter chicken, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience making it one of the best butter chicken in Lisbon.
Cost: 11.50 is a reasonable price and is perfect for a budget-friendly yet satisfying meal.
7. The Darjeeling Express
Location: Rua Joao de Freitas Branco 21A, Lisbon
About the restaurant: The menu at The Darjeeling Express is limited, and the dishes are named after celebrities and characters from famous shows. The food is served in what many consider small portions and you won’t find the spicy element in these dishes as happens in most Indian restaurants. But you can have all the hot sauce you want on the side.
A touch of the exotic flavours of the Indian region of Dio, the freshness of the Mozambican coconut, and the subtle hint of Portuguese gastronomy
The Darjeeling Express‘s Butter Chicken: Seasonal but when it’s available it just flies off the shelves. Served with a side of steamed basmati rice.
Cost: At 16 a pop it’s a meal worth its weight in gold.