Butter chicken that warms the heart

BUTTER chicken is not the most ancient of Indian exports for it was invented in a Delhi restaurant in the 1950s. However, it is certainly one of the most appetising.

From its humble beginnings in Delhi, butter chicken today is one of the most popular dishes in the world with different cultures rendering their own versions of this dish. It is one of the easiest to prepare, yet, most cooks cannot get it right.

Except perhaps The Butter Chicken — a place where butter chicken aficionados can get their fix.

It was founded five years ago with the eatery in Plaza Rasta in Taman Tun Dr Ismail as its flagship store.

Rizal preparing a dish of butter chicken.Rizal preparing a dish of butter chicken.

It opened next in Mayang Oasis, Petaling Jaya and now has its third venue at Mainroad, Jalan Ampang.

Proprietor Muhammad Shahrizal Rohman, better known as Rizal, started the business to share his love of cooking with others.

“I wanted to share my passion. Happiness is about sharing after all, ” said Rizal.

Rizal specifically focused on butter chicken for a good reason.

“With too many dishes on the menu, the taste tends to get ‘lost’. But with the one dish we are constantly improving, both quality and consistency aren’t sacrificed, ” said Rizal.

What puts The Butter Chicken on the map is its great taste, the generous portions at an affordable price, warm hospitality and its availability until late to satisfy your cravings.

Offering a little twist to this creamy dish, the eatery takes it to another level with its Salted Egg Butter Chicken (RM16).

It was highly recommended by The Butter Chicken business development associate Wan Nazrul Atif Abdul Talib who also mans the eatery in Mayang Oasis.

Indomie with Butter Chicken (left) and Rice with Salted Egg Butter Chicken.Indomie with Butter Chicken (left) and Rice with Salted Egg Butter Chicken.

“It’s a personal favourite and it’s a crowd-pleaser.”

True to his word, the dish quickly became my favourite too, when I tried it at the Jalan Ampang branch.

I could devour an entire dish all by myself.

The chicken cutlets were bathed in a golden creamy, sweet, milky butter sauce that was surprisingly salty and spicy.

It has a good balance of flavours that brought sheer delight with every mouthful.

The spice of the dish combined with the rich gravy and slight sweetness made it very hard to resist.

I chose to pair the lovely chicken treat with rice, fried egg and coleslaw.

Another notable plus point is, diners have a choice of building their own meal using a step-by-step method.

First, you choose the protein.

It may be called The Butter Chicken but other options like chicken thigh, fish fillet, squid, prawn and soft shell crab are served too.

Then choose the gravy you want the protein to be cooked in, whether it is butter sauce, salted egg or both followed by the choice of your main to pair your protein with, like rice, instant noodles or fries. Lastly, there are optional add-ons.As someone who loves food with big flavours, it is no surprise that The Butter Chicken is a food joint that I have grown fond of.

A good dish and live band with a wonderful distant view of KLCC and the city lights at an open-air eatery is pretty much a perfect, relaxing night out.

We all love some butter chicken and The Butter Chicken hits home.

The Butter Chicken is located at Mainroad Jalan Ampang, Lot 302, Jalan Ampang, Kampung Berembang, Kuala Lumpur, and is open daily from 5pm to 3am. For details, call 017-691 2892.

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