Best Butter Chicken in Riyadh
The capital city of the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing multifaceted city which is slowly opening up to the rest of the world. Home to a large number of Indians who call this beautiful city their home, it’s bound to have some of the best Indian food, also making it a prime contender for the search for the best butter chicken in Riyadh.
From its Souks to shopping malls and restaurants this city is booming with life and culture and is always worth a trip.
Kabsa is perhaps the most famous dish in Saudi Arabia and is considered the national dish of the country. Similar in nature to Ruz Al Bukhari, kabsa is aromatic rice and roast chicken dish served on large communal platters similar to our biryani.
1. Zafran Indian Bistro
Location: Northern Ring Road Rubeen Plaza, Exit 2, Riyadh
About the restaurant: One of the most renowned Indian cuisine restaurants in the country, with multiple branches, they have earned the title of authentic laid back comfort Indian food, it has won the hearts of the locals and expats alike. Known for their tandoor delicacies, including chicken tikka, sigdi gosh, and afghani malai tikka, they also boast of an expansive collection of Northern & Southern delicacies.
Zafran‘s Butter Chicken: is a traditional recipe, with an emphasis on authentic ingredients sourced from their native regions in India. Paired with the highest quality ingredients available in the country, pair this with a team of highly skilled chefs from the subcontinent and what you get is simply magical. One of the best butter chicken in Riyadh
Cost: SAR 56.10 for tender and succulent chicken tikka cooked in a rich cashew nut, butter, and cream enriched sauce.
2. Farzi Cafe
Location: Hittin The Residence, Riyadh
About the restaurant: Best described as a gourmet experience, it amalgamates traditional global and Indian classics, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary styles and ambience. It is a quirky, chic, modern Indian café, where guests enjoy a sensory experience through the finest modern Indian cuisine, with a high energy ambience.
Their Farzi Bowls are renowned and provide you with a colourful mix of ingredients to choose from.
Farzi Cafe‘s Butter Chicken: A creamy decadent amalgamation of cashews almonds and pistachios with tender boneless chunks of tender chicken simmered to perfection with sweet spices and dry fenugreek leaves. Served hot with a side of butter garlic naan straight of the tandoor.
Cost: Costing SAR 75 is quite a handsome sum to pay for humble butter chicken but the overall ambience and the wonderful service and food make it a must-try for the best butter chicken in Riyadh.
3. Maharaja East by Vineet
Location: 8468 King Muhammad V, As Sulimaniyah, Riyadh
About the restaurant: Indulge your senses, for the lovers of fine Indian cuisine, the contemporary menu served at Maharaja will be hard to beat. Vineet Bhatia, the globe-trotting super chef who owns Michelin-starred restaurants in London and Geneva, turns Indian tradition into cutting-edge cuisine. Specialities include live tandoori cooking stations and innovatively rethought Indian classics. The restaurant is set in an elegant ambience and is highly popular with local diners.
Maharaja‘s Butter Chicken: Though the menu features a lot of modern takes on classical dishes, this one dish has retained its authenticity, just the simple use of high-quality ingredients and slow cooking of traditional to Mughlai cuisine have elevated this dish to stardom, making it one of the best butter chicken in Riyadh. The malai samosas are another fan favourite.
Cost: SAR 85 is a bit expensive, but dining at one of the best Indian Restaurants in the country doesn’t come cheap. Worth the experience all in all.
4. Red Chilli Restaurant
Location: Prince Abdul Rehman Street Opposite Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace, Riyadh
About the restaurant: Straightforward eatery dishing up generous portions of traditional Indian cuisine. A humble eatery serving some of the most authentic Indian cuisine, a hit amongst families and expats alike, it is perfect for large gatherings, the restaurant also provides catering services on request.
Red Chilli‘s Butter Chicken: Simple straightforward and authentic, ripe tomatoes steeped in butter and cream, flavoured with cardamom, fenugreek, and dry fenugreek leaves, giving it a sweet yet piquant flavour.
Cost: SAR 45 is a moderate amount for a satisfyingly large portion of some authentic Indian food, perfect for a busy weeknight or a quick lunch to grab on the go.
5. Anardana Indian Restaurant
Location: King Fahad Road Opposite the Ministry of Interior, Riyadh
About the restaurant: Exotic and intimate, Anardana is a speciality à la carte Indian restaurant, decked out in copper tones and adorned with decorative wall hangings straight from the subcontinent. Let expert chefs take you on a culinary journey from Kashmir to Madras with the subtle tastes of Indian spices, and tempting dishes such as slow-grilled chicken tikka masala, and fish simmered in a spicy coconut tomato sauce. A selection of fruit juices, lassis and speciality teas rounds off your dining experience.
Anardana‘s Butter Chicken: Decadent and Luxurious is how I can be described, rich tomato puree blended with cashew nit puree, seasoned with Fenugreek leaves, copious amounts of butter, and fresh cream.
Cost: SAR 55.50 gives you a bang for a buck and guarantees the highest degree of quality and flavour achievable.
6. Indian Hut
Location: Sulaymaniah, Riyadh
About the restaurant: Traditional curry house serving some of the most humble yet authentic Indian cuisines, perfect for takeaways, they are slowly gaining notoriety and are a hit amongst ex-pats. So if you’re ever in Riyadh and looking for a budget meal and seeking out some comfort food I would highly suggest this restaurant.
Indian Hut‘s Butter Chicken: Traditional, no-frills and typical of the authentic style from Punjab, the makhani gravy is slow-cooked with sweet spices and ripe red tomatoes. Blend that with a hearty serving of butter, and fresh cream and top with tender chicken tikka straight out of the tandoor and you have yourself a masterpiece.
Cost: At SAR 35 is one of the most affordable options on our list and gives you a bang for your buck, a must-try for all.
7. Raan Mahal
Location: Anas Ibn Malik Rd, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
About the restaurant: A modern and chic Indian Bistro styled restaurant serving a combo of quick bites and comfort food, find yourself lost in some of the best butter chicken in Riyadh, only to discover chicken tikka tacos, spicy chicken fries, hummus chat and even a desi quesadilla.
With a trendy and modern vibe the interiors reflect this in bright colours, contemporary tableware sets a more comfortable and laid back vibe to dine in.
Raan Mahal‘s Butter Chicken: they offer the traditional butter chicken gravy and a rare butter chicken Biryani, my favourite pick would be the biryani which has mild fragrant basmati rice paired with a deep and creamy yakhni made from tomatoes and cream, topped with tender chicken tikka and fenugreek leaves, don’t forget the generous amounts of butter too.
Cost: SAR 47.50 for the curry and SAR 52 for the biryani makes it a sure shot winner on our list and definitely worth the try if you’re ever visiting Riyadh.