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Best Butter Chicken in Delhi – By Rajeev Gulati

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(Conducted by DGC – Delhi Gourmet Club)

After sampling 13 restaurants across Delhi, and spending more than Rs 13,000 each jury member (because we followed the old-fashioned tasting panel rule of ordering the dish being tested at the end of an entire meal, rather than tasting only that dish and nothing else), the jury has concluded that INVITATION, Ashok Vihar, and MUGHAL MAHAL, Rajendra Place, are joint winners of the Certificate of Excellence. 

Their butter chicken preparations are classics: the quality of the tomato used is perfect, so the gravy is neither too sour nor too sweet; the butter and cream have been intelligently deployed so as not to smother the masala; and the chicken hasn’t just been dunked into a pre-assembled gravy, but taken out of a tandoor and then added, its smokiness and juices adding character to the gravy.

Here are the detailed results in order of ranking (THE SCORES ARE OUT OF 50 and we judged according to the following parameters:

● Presentation
● Serving Temperature
● Quality of Chicken
● Taste of Gravy
● Quality of Accompaniments

Individual Scores :

Invitation: 38.5
Mughal Mahal: 37.75
Moti Mahal (GK-I): 35.5
Mini Mughal (GK-II): 32.5
Havemore (Pandara Road): 30
Kwality (CP): 29
Chicken Inn (Pandara Road): 28.25
Embassy (CP): 28
Minar (GK-I): 25.8
Dhaba (Rajouri Garden): 24.5
Moti Mahal (Malchal Marg): 21.5
Minar (CP): 20.25
Bhape da Hotel (CP): 15.5

We must profusely thank our most consistent jury members:

Atul Mohan; Vikram Bali; Puneeta Chadha Khanna; Vivek Vaid; Rajeev Gulati; Avininder Singh; Siddharth Gupta; Rocky Mohan.

Atul Sikand and Sanjiv K. Singh retired hurt after the first round.

We must also thank Sumit Goyal of Food & Nightlife Magazine and Pawan Soni of Indian Food Freak from joining us on the opening night and validating our judging process.

Written by Rajeev Gulati

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CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.


  1. Great help to gourmets. It would have been more enlightening if aspects found lacking in individual places would also have been dwelt upon !

    Looking forward to more such comprehensive research reports !

  2. Bhape has the best butter chicken in Delhi


  4. There is Mughal Mahal and no Moti Mahal-daryaganj! seriously?
    haha wtf tumse na ho payega!

    • Trust me dude.. Moti Mahal is running only on the historical value.. Taste is not that great.

    • We went to Moti Mahal , Malcha marg , You can see the ratings it got.

      Moti Mahal , darya ganj is understood to be overhyped and has been exeperienced in the similar way. thus it miss the list.

  5. I have been saying that Invitation offers the best butter chicken in town.. That too consistently.. Since I was in school.. I studied in Kulachi Hansraj which is very near to invitation.. And I used to go and have butter chicken there after classes. At that time a full plate used to cost Rs. 250 all inclusive. 😀
    ANd I'm glad that the only thing that has changed about the butter chicken is the price.. 😛

  6. Minar has the best butter chicken. End of discussion. No argument plz.


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