It’s a love that knows not the boundaries of a desi restaurant. If you grew up Punjabi, or are just generally an ardent rich-and-coronary-inducing food enthusiast, you have enough butter chicken running through your veins to make it a habit you can’t kick. But variety is the rich, tomato-ey spice of life, and so it always helps to have options.

Behold, the definitive list of butter-chicken-laced numbers hiding away in the corners of Delhi.

Purani Dilli’s At Al Karam Kebab House

It may be a more basic thought, but butter chicken in a roll is still a grade-A idea. While a lot of people do it, few do it as well as the crew at Al Karam’s, because they don’t stinge on the filling, and fry their parathas to levels of crispy, delicious decadence.

Where: A 222 Supermart 1, DLF Phase 4; V Block, Behind Ambience Mall, DLF Phase 3; 123-124, Opposite Venkateswara College, Satyaniketan

Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre/IFFCO Chowk; AIIMS

Contact: +91 9910087760 {Supermart}, +91 9818838230 {DLF Phase IV}, +91 9818878226 {DLF Phase III}; +91 9810891490 {Satyaniketan}

Price: INR 150 {approx.}

Timings: 2pm – 12am

Butter Chicken Golgappas At Café Dalal Street

Photo courtesy: Cafe Dalal Street

Photo courtesy: Cafe Dalal Street

You take something as simple as a golgappa and add butter chicken to it, and only good things can happen. And this is exactly what Dalal Street does. The butter chicken on the side is creamy and particularly chock-full of tomatoes, and the reality lives up to the novelty of the concept.

Where: M-89/90, M Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Contact: 011 47563537

Price: INR 295 plus taxes

Timings: 12pm – 12am

Butter Chicken Bun At Farzi Café

Sometimes, all you need to tuck into the gravied goodness is some fresh-ass pao. At Farzi, the food’s always eclectic, and while this may not be as out-there as a Duck Samosa or a Changezi Enchilada, it’s totally worth it’s perfectly-balanced salt.

Where: E Block, Connaught Place; 7-8, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk; Cyber Hub

Contact: 011 43551028, +91 9599889700 {CP}; 01244922273, +91 8800690419 {Gurgaon}

Price: INR 350 plus taxes

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Butter Chicken Toastie At Canteen Till I Die

Photo source: Canteen Till I Die

Photo source: Canteen Till I Die

Bringing back the era of the toasties your mum used to make you for a simple, effective lunch {fillings ranged from cheese to leftover aloo subzi from the fridge}, this dish at Canteen Till I Die is one of our favourites, because it blends butter chicken with school nostalgia, and that’s always a winner.

Where: 297, Ground Floor, Opposite Venkateswara College, Satyaniketan

Nearest Metro Station: AIIMS

Contact: +91 9555075975

Price: INR 59 plus taxes

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Follow them on Facebook here.

Butter Chicken Samosa At Mister Chai

While it may definitely be a heart-condition on a plate, the flaky, crumbly samosa crust works brilliantly with the creamy, butter chicken filling. Plus, at Mister Chai, it comes with these adorable syringes of chutney for extra kitsch points. And for the first time in a while, you won’t have that desire to only eat the crust and toss the filling {there should be a medical phrase for that condition}.

Where: Mister Chai, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk

Contact: 011 41191919

Price: INR 249 plus taxes

Timings: 9am – 9pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Butter Chicken Biryani At Social

Photo source: Social

Photo courtesy: Social

Food is pretty much the overlooked shy cousin at Social, primarily because the place is so abuzz {as are you when there, after a litre-full of an LIIT}. But this butter chicken biryani isn’t just yummy; it’s the ultimate alcohol absorbing power-food. The nicest part is that the smooth creaminess isn’t just concentrated in one clump — the whole thing is deliciously moist and flavourful.

Where: 1st Floor, 23, Odeon Building, Radial 5, D Block, Connaught Place; Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon; 28-A, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony; R – 1, Upper Ground Floor, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place; 9-A & 12, Hauz Khas Village

Nearest Metro Station: Raijv Chowk; Sikanderpur; Lajpat Nagar; Nehru Place; Hauz Khas

Contact: 011 45652737, +91 7838090132; 011 33106143; +91 7838500838

Price: INR 290 plus taxes

Timings: 11am – 1am

Butter Chicken Pizza At Big Yellow Door

This pizza is legend, and will always oust eating it at a big franchise because of the attention to detail. The Big Yellow Door replaces the base puree with creamy butter chicken, and it’s served with a little cup of gravy for extra smackable goodness. Plus, really, the only thing butter chicken has been missing all its life is being smothered by oodles of cheese.

Where: H-8 B, Opposite Hudson Lane’s NDPL Office, Vijay Nagar; H-8, Opposite Venkateswara College, Satya Niketan

Nearest Metro Station: GTB Nagar; AIIMS

Contact: +91 7042294299 {Vijay Nagar}, +91 7042294296 {Satya Niketan}

Price: INR 200 plus taxes

Timings: 10am – 11pm

Butter Chicken Burger At Forklicious

Photo source: Forklicious

Photo source: Forklicious

Because mayonnaise is so passe. This delish {and surprisingly cheap} burger does away with your traditional burger sauces and douses a tender, chicken patty with a rich, butter chicken gravy instead. The results? They come together both naturally and deliciously. Add to it a liberal drizzling of mint chutney and the quintessential butter chicken staple—kachcha pyaaz—and you have yourself a happy, guilty standing lunch.
Where: Phase 3, DDA Market, Ashok Vihar {opposite the Chroma store}
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwavidyalaya
Contact: +91 9971210135
Price: INR 250 for two, including drinks {approx.}
For more details, visit their website here or follow them on Facebook here 

Butter Chicken Maggi At Adda

Speaking of nostalgia {clearly that’s the very key to our decisions}, no college student lived on their own and wasn’t about 65 per cent Maggi at the end of the semester. In a homage to the grand tradition of eating like crap through the critical part of your youth, Adda tosses in butter chicken to amp up both how much you’ll smile today and weigh the next day.

Where: SCO 24, First Floor, Main Market, Sector 29, Gurgaon; N-4, N Block Market, GK 1

Nearest Metro Station: HUDA City Centre/IFFCO Chowk; Kailash Colony

Contact: 011 33106359; 011 33107541

Price: INR 260 plus taxes

Timings: 12:30pm – 1am

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