Butter Chicken – the name itself is good enough to make us hungry. This dish is definitely 'Dilli ki Shaan' with many die-hard fans across the world. Only a true Butter Chicken lover knows the joy of the first bite of this silky smooth & creamy gravy along with tender pieces of chicken. The story of Butter Chicken is as old as the modern republic of India itself, the dish was created in Daryaganj post Partition. On every corner and every street, you’ll find a restaurant serving their tailored version of Butter Chicken. So to make it easier for you foodie folks, here we have curated a list of the top 8 restaurants in Delhi that serve the best Butter Chicken in town.
Fun-Fact! The restaurant was founded after the partition in 1947.
Moti Mahal was founded by Kundal Lal Gujral, Kundan Lal Jaggi & Thakur Dass, as one of the first restaurants to introduce Punjabi cuisine to the rest of the world. It claims to have invented Butter Chicken & Tandoori Chicken as we know it today. Cooking Butter Chicken for the last 75 years, Moti Mahal unquestionably serves the best Butter Chicken in Delhi.
Must Haves: Dal Makhani, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Mushroom
Cost for two: ₹ 1100
Pandara Road boasts of many eateries serving delicious food and Gulati’s is one of them. It is no stranger to large crowds. The story began way back in 1959 from a little Dhaba with simple wooden benches and tables, which has today transformed into a Fine Dining restaurant, known for its great North Indian, Mughlai, Hyderabadi & Tandoori cuisine. Gulati’s is famous for its rich & super creamy Butter Chicken.
Must Haves: Dal Makhani, Galouti Kebabs, Shahi Tukda
Cost for two: ₹ 2500
Havemore is a perfect place for those who want to experience drool-worthy Butter Chicken. For those of you who have tried their sinfully rich and creamy Butter Chicken would know why it’s considered one of the best Butter Chicken joints in Delhi. A perfect blend of chicken chunks, spices, and tomatoes would make you go back to it now and then. Available in three variants: shredded, with bone, and tikka version, this place is worth visiting.
Must Haves: Chicken Burra, Mutton Platter, Butter Fish, Stuffed Mushroom
Cost for two: ₹ 2300
Punjab Grill offers a creative blend of Mughlai and North Indian specialties from the Punjab region. This authentic chain of restaurants aims at serving a little bit of Punjab with every single bite. Though they have an extensive variety of delectables to choose from, it's their Butter Chicken that makes us keep coming back for more.
Must Haves: Dal Punjab Grill, Dahi Ke Kebab, Chaamp Taajdar
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
Not the poshest of places, this little stall has been in the market for a while now. They are famous for the various North Indian delicacies but their Butter Chicken is the real deal. You might have to stand, eat in your car, or order takeaway but believe us when we tell you that it's all really worth it.
Must Haves: Chicken Kebabs, Galouti Kebabs, Chicken Kalmi
Cost for two: ₹ 800
It’s not the famous Daryaganj market, but a not-so-old restaurant by the same name that has created quite a buzz since it opened its doors in the plush Aerocity. Daryaganj is quite famous in Delhi NCR as they are considered the inventors of Butter Chicken & Dal Makhani, both of which they claim to have the original recipe of. Their delicious Butter Chicken preparation is phenomenal and so adored by Delhites because of its rich tomato gravy that we just can't seem to have enough of.
Must Haves: Chicken Pakora, Butter Paneer, Kulfi Drop Tray
Cost for two: ₹ 1300
A legend when it comes to north Indian food, Kake-Da-Hotel which started as a small food stall now is a chain of restaurants. Located at the outer circle of Connaught Place, this tiny eatery can be blamed for the traffic jam around the area during dinner time. The restaurant has been serving one of the most delicious Butter Chicken in Delhi. Their constant quality, pocket-friendly prices, and mouth-watering taste have made them one of the most popular restaurants in the city.
Must Haves: Dahi Meat, Keema Kaleji, Mutton Rogan Josh
Cost for two: ₹ 500
Standing true to its name, Lazeez Affaire never fails to impress us no matter which outlet you are dining at. With a well-lit ambiance and classy décor, this lavish-looking restaurant first came up in the neighborhood of Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri. Apart from offering one of the best Mughlai and North Indian food, Lazeez Affaire is also a foodie favorite for serving one the best Butter Chicken preparations(Murg Makhani as they call it) in the city, which is absolutely worth trying.
Must Haves: Handi Meat, Dal Lazeez, Chapli Kebab, Lazeez Special Raan
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
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