10 Best Butter Chicken Destinations in Singapore
A global trade hub, the centre of commerce, cultural melting point, and tourist’s dream. Some of the many things that come to your mind when you think about this tiny island nation in the South China Sea.
Singapore is rich in culture, with ethnic groups that are Chinese, Indian, and Malay with their own language, rituals, and traditions. All equally represented and all part of one diverse Singapore.
With a significantly large Indian population, Singapore boasts of some of the best Indian Restaurants outside the subcontinent. Without further adieu, let’s find the best butter chicken in Singapore.
1. Urban Roti – Indian Grill and Bar
Location: 18 Raffles Quay # 01-96 Lau Pa Sat, Telok Ayer St, Festive Market, Singapore 048582
Telephone: +65 6669 5545
About the Restaurant: A modern take on classical North Indian cuisine with a few contemporary Indo-Chinese favourites as well. Offering a delicious and affordable spread of dishes with veg and non-veg delicacies. What sets them apart from the rest of the competitors and other Indian restaurants is their ability to blend dishes from various regions of the country in complete harmony.
Urban Roti’s Butter Chicken: Creamy decadent butter chicken cooked in the tandoor and topped with a sweet and nutty tomato sauce. A twist on the iconic dish is the Chef’s Butter Chicken Frankie, flatbread wrap stuffed with one of the best butter chicken in town, it instantly takes you back to the streets of Bombay as you bite into that juicy decadent roll.
Cost: $12 for the Frankie and $15 for a full butter chicken curry, making it affordable and delicious.
The average cost of a meal for two can set you back anywhere between $75 to $90.
The restaurant has a casual and laid back vibe with a modern bistro styled set up. The staff are responsive and will be able to help you choose if you’re uninitiated to the cuisine or culture.
Perfect mid week lunches with the team from work or a quick dinner on a weeknight.
2. Chat Masala
Location: 158 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455254
Telephone: +65 6876 0570
About the Restaurant: Rated as one of the top 10 Indian restaurants in Singapore by public demand, Chat Masala has a well-balanced menu serving treats and delicacies from the north and the south. Known for their fiery curries, one must proceed with caution unless you like living life on the edge. A word of advice for those with lower spice tolerances, please inform your waiter advance as gravies can be tempered with cream to lower the heat. A lassi is always handy, a cool whipped yoghurt based drink enriched with cream nuts and sugar, usually served chilled.
Chat Masala’s Butter Chicken: Chat Masala prefers using strips of chicken supreme over the commonly used thigh or drumstick. Marinated in tikka masala and finished off in the tandoor, coated with creamy rich tomato gravy. Touted as one of their star dishes and surely a crowd favourite.
Other favourites include their juicy mutton biryani, lamb seekh kebabs, and their mango kulfi.
Cost: $16.80 making it well within the affordable range yet delivering a powerful punch of flavours making this one of the best butter chicken in Singapore. The average cost of a meal for two can range between $50 to $75. They also offer a children’s menu option with kid friendly options such as kebab rolls, fish and chips, fried rice and much more
3. Muthu’s Curry
Location: 138 Race Course Rd, #01-01, Singapore 218591
Telephone:+65 6392 1722
About the Restaurant: Established in 1969 Muthu’s is an institution in Singapore serving authentic south Indian styled food, predominantly from the state of Tamil Nadu, with Pan-Indian delicacies too. Muthu’s is famous for its Lamb Biryani and has racked up awards over the years as a testimony to its dedication to Indian Cuisine. Muthu’s has been one of the iconic restaurants in Little India providing a heaven for homesick souls to seek solace through their delicious culinary delights.
Muthu’s Butter Chicken:
With two massive clay ovens, fresh naan and tandoori delicacies are just a stone’s throw away, making it an ideal destination for one of the best butter chicken in Singapore. Barbecued chicken tossed in a rich gravy topped with cream and a dash of home churned butter.
Muthu’s home churned butter is white and has a light and smooth taste profile.
Muthu’s is also famous for their award winning fish head curry which is definitely a visual and culinary treat.
Cost: $15 dollars for a hearty serving makes it one of the more affordable yet decadent dishes on our list. A must try when out on the town with friends, a satisfying meal for two would set you back by $50 to $65. The restaurant has a homely and welcoming vibe, be sure to reserve a table in advance on the weekends.
4. Tandoori Culture
Location: 5 Boon Tat St, #01-01, Singapore 069613
Telephone: +65 6223 3200
About the Restaurant: No frills Indian restaurant specialising in Tandoori or clay oven recipes. With a wide array of veg and nonveg delicacies to choose from. A hub for foodies and the youth looking to grab authentic Indian dishes at affordable prices. Murgh malai tikka, butter chicken, and fish tikka are some of the crowd favourites.
Tandoori Cuisine’s Butter Chicken: A traditional butter chicken made with boneless chunks of chicken cooked to perfection in a sweet yet piquant tomato-based curry. One portion would be enough to accompany two rotis and a side serving of rice. This restaurant is perfect for those takeaways when entertaining a large group of people, ensuring consistent quality and quantity.
Cost: $14.90 makes it light on the pocket and heavy on the stomach indeed, packing a bang for your buck and their authentic flavours make it a competitor for the title of best butter chicken in Singapore.Their fair pricing and hearty portions have won the hearts of locals and tourists alike.
5. Punjab Grill
Location: 2 Bayfront Ave, B1 – 01A, Singapore 018972
Telephone:+65 6688 7395
About the Restaurant: Bespoke interiors, scenic bayfront avenue, this restaurant welcomes you with warmth, brilliant service, and top-notch food. Specialising in North Indian cuisine including delicacies from the Punjabi, Sindhi, Hindu, and Pathan communities. Murgh Lababdar, Nalli Ghost, and Murgh Makhani are some of their most beloved dishes.
Ensure to reserve a table in advance as the restaurant is usually filled to the brim on weekends.
The deboned thigh is the cut of choice whilst preparing their famous Murgh Makhani. Marinated in hung yoghurt and cooked to perfection in the Tandoor and finished off with a ladle full of rich and creamy makhani gravy topped with copious amounts of fresh hand churned butter. I felt this was truly a royal experience for my tastebuds, the ambience and staff make the experience even more worthwhile.
Cost: $50 makes this one of the more expensive dishes on our list but the authentic flavours captured by the team and their rich creamy and nutty gravy set this apart from the other dishes making it surely one of the best butter chicken in Singapore.
The dining experience is unique and compared to the other restaurants on our list I find Punjab Grill to be serving the most traditionally authentic North Indian Cuisine in Singapore.
The average cost for two would range between $175 to $200, making it apt for those special meals with your special person.
Location: 9 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089117
Telephone:+65 9750 8275
About the Restaurant: Modern Indian Restaurant and Bar in the heart of Singapore serving an interesting menu using classical recipes with a contemporary twist. Showcasing creative combinations of classical Indian flavours. The restaurant provides an immersive and nostalgic experience, making patrons relive fond memories through food. Winner of the Tripadvisor Travellers Choice award for the year 2022 and winning two michelin stars the same year, Thevar has been outperforming the rest of the restaurants on this list by a long shot. Heads up to book your table in Advance as the chef’s table is in high deman and reservations can be difficult even if booked days in advance.
Thevar’s Butter Mushroom: The Chef’s menu is a constantly evolving set of concoctions made to transport you to a world beyond your senses. Thevar has swapped out the chicken in favour of oyster mushrooms that are sauteed and tossed in rich makhani sauce, topped with grated aged paneer (cottage cheese), served with freshly made naan bread.
Other interesting dishes are Hokkaido Scallop with coconut sothi which one of my favourites, the Chettinad Chicken Roti is a creative take on medley of flavours and techniques stretching from India, Mexico and Singapore all adding in their own unique touch to the dish.
Costing upwards of $50 dollars this experience is worth every penny as Thevar is listed in the Michelin Singapore Guide with Two stars to its belt. Definitely one of the most expensive dishes on the menu but is definitely worth the visit and experience.
The average cost of a meal for two would be between $175 to $250 depending on the seasonal menu and their accompanying beverages, a seasonal tasting menu is also available.
7. Colony – THE RITZ-CARLTON, MILLENIA SINGAPORE
Location: 7 Raffles Avenue Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore
Telephone:+65 6434 5288
About the Restaurant: Located in the scenic Ritz-Carlton overlooking the gorgeous Marina Bay and the towering Singapore skyline, Colony takes you on a trip down nostalgia, experiencing some of the best cuisines from the bygone era of the British Raj, stretching from the Indian subcontinent all the way to the straits of Malacca. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a cosy luxurious dining experience.
Colony’s Butter Chicken: Murgh Butter Masala is a hit amongst patrons and is made with caramelised onions cooked slowly in butter before being blended with an array of sweet spices topped with buttery silky tomato sauce and finished with dried fenugreek leaves. Don’t forget the smokey boneless chunks of chicken cooked to perfection in the tandoor or the opulent fresh cream ladled generously over your serving of smokey soft chicken.The taste of this fine dish still lingers long on my palette, a truly unforgettable experience.
Cost: $38 dollars makes it one of the pricier options but is worth every penny for the absolutely wondering and warm dining experience the team at Colony has to offer. Definitely one of the best butter chicken in Singapore. A meal for two can set you back by $150, but the restaurant also features breakfast, lunch and even buffets with a wide selection of freshly caught seafood, local Malay, Singapore, Indian, and Chinese delicacies.
8. Rang Mahal
Location: Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595
Telephone: +65 6333 1788
About the Restaurant: Centrally located and established in the year 1971 it is one of the oldest Indian Fine Dining restaurants the city has to offer. Consistently ranked as the best Indian restaurant over the years the team has consistently provided immaculate service paired with authentic Indian flavours. Making this restaurant an institution in the hearts and minds of locals and expats alike.
The freshest ingredients available meet traditional cooking techniques to give you one of the best if not the best butter chicken in Singapore.
Tandoori roasted chicken cooked in a sweet tomato gravy made from ripe tomatoes topped off with copious amounts of butter, cream, and cashew nut paste. Truly a delight for the tastebuds.
The Avocado Kebabs and Lamb Chops were extremely delicious are the other two personal favourites and my go to appetisers.
Cost: $46 dollars is a bit pricey affair but one worth the trip and the experience, owing to the Michelin standards and the great care taken to make sure each dish goes beyond their client’s expectations. An average meal for two with drinks can cost you anywhere between $130 to $175 depending on the seasonal availability of items. The restaurant also features exciting and colourful menus for special events and occasions.
9. Tandoor Indian Restaurant
Location: 11 Cavenagh Road Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
Telephone:+65 6733 8333
About the Restaurant: Synonymous with authentic North Indian cuisine, this award winning restaurant has been on the forefront of fine dining the traditional desi way. Contemporary at its core there are hints of tradition that capture your interest, subtle Indian motifs, back-lit wall panels and cosy interiors embrace you and provide you with an opulent and enthralling experience. Let the team of professional chefs lead your taste buds through a journey across the subcontinent with hand picked heirloom recipes from royal courts. Prepared meticulously, health conscious options of traditional delicacies are also available on request.
Tandoo’s Butter Chicken: Divine tender boneless chicken thighs cooked to perfection accompanied by a creamy and decadent tomato sauce with a hint of smoke and fenugreek which creates a subtle nuance unlike others. Other popular items include their Mango curry, Goan Fish curry, and Makhmali Paneer Lababdar. Bento Box style thalis are a big hit with the restaurant making them a common affair at corporate lunches and gatherings.
Cost: A portion of butter chicken would set you back by $26 dollars, considering the ambience, the stellar service and overall quality of dining this seems fairly reasonable and would definitely recommend it for a second visit. Whether it’s family or friends it makes for a great dining experience overall. Average meal for two would range between $130 to $150.
10. Tiffin Room
Location:1 Beach Street Raffles Hotel Singapore
Telephone: +65 6337 1886
About the Restaurant:
Offering a wide spread collection of traditional North Indian delicacies Tiffin Room provides a fresh and warm approach to the cuisine with a beautiful symphony of flavours. Crafted to perfection by the team of Chefs at the Raffles Singapore.
They are open for Lunch and Dinner and would prefer reservations at least a day in advance.
Tiffin Room’s Butter Chicken:
Corn fed premium chicken thigh is the preferred choice, paired with a piquant and slightly sweet cashew nut tomato emulsion, cooked to perfection with an aromatic blend of whole spices.
Other unique dishes include Aloo Dal Tikki Chaat, crispy potato and lentil patties dressed with yoghourt and mint chutney; Murgh Jaitun Seekh, tandoori-grilled minced chicken with green olives, cheddar cheese, saffron and spices something unique that i’ve never experienced in an Indian restaurant before.
Cost: Their Murgh Makhani costs a pretty sum of $42 which is a bit on the pricey side of our list but the attention to detail and the opulent dining experience make it worthwhile and reserved for those special occasions. The average cost of a meal for two would set you back $175 to $200 considering the divine selection of wines and spirits in store.
These are my personal picks of some of the best Indian Restaurants in Singapore offering some of the best butter chicken in town. Great options when you are craving for your fix of truly desi delights. Our selection has a fine balance of budget friendly and opulent places to dine in, what are you waiting for.