Butter Chicken at Royal Indian Curry House

Butter Chicken at Royal Indian Curry House

Indian food is fascinating. It looks like mush, like one big glob of a meal. And then you put it in your mouth and it’s an explosion of flavors. It looks like one cohesive mess, but when it is an assault to the tastebuds. There is no discernible ingredient when you look at it. Everything is just bright. But when you taste it, every spice introduces itself to you.

It may be a mess, but it a beautiful delicious mess.

I have long avoided Indian food, mostly because I associate it with curry. I don’t like curry. But then one afternoon, we had to take the car to the casa and the nearest restaurant is Assad. I ordered Butter Chicken, thinking it was the butter chicken in chinese restaurants I’m accustomed to. I was dead wrong, but I. LOVED. IT. Since then, I was hooked.

I tried, and successfully cooked Butter Chicken at home. Jr finished off the meal and enjoyed it so I have a testimonial on that. However, as I learned while doing it, cooking Indian food is tedious. There is a reason why Indian food looks like one amalgamated mess. And it involves a lot of dishes and kitchen instruments to be washed.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

On our 4th wedding anniversary, I was craving for one thing: Butter Chicken. Indian Butter Chicken. And I don’t want to cook it. I just want to sit down and eat it. Tessa recommended a place in Makati. She takes her Indian clients there and they enjoy it. I figured, if Indians like it, it must be that good.

We grabbed a table at Royal Indian Curry House and ordered the Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka for Jr. We got the basmati rice because it’s only right to do that and some butter Naan to finish (read: clean) off our plate.

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The Chicken tikka had curry but nothing of the yellow curry Filipino are sort of used to and I hate. It was red and spicy but tolerable. The butter naan was perfect for starters and enders. We wiped off the last drop of the butter chicken with it. The Butter Chicken was indeed glorious, but Jr thought my butter chicken was better.

My husband really knows what’s good for him.


Royal Indian Curry House
5345 General Luna Street
Poblacion, Makati City
02 2469069
Opens 12 noon to 5 am

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Kenshin and the Do It Yourself Takoyaki

Kenshin and the Do It Yourself Takoyaki

Jr and I never let a good takoyaki pass by unnoticed. If there was takoyaki on the menu, we would most likely order it. If there was takoyaki in the food court, we’d probably go by the kiosk and get one. We’ve had the best takoyaki of our lives after queuing for it in Dohtonbori. But admittedly, I am still partial to the tako-less takoyaki of Samurai balls. I don’t care if they’re just balled up, overly seasoned pancakes. Those little guys are the bomb.

Japan, 2014
Japan, 2014
Japan, 2014
Japan, 2014
Japan, 2014
Japan, 2014

So when Jr heard that there is a do-it-yourself takoyaki set you can order in Kenshin, a Japanese restaurant in near Maluggay St, we trooped our way to Makati. I mean, friends couldn’t invite me to Makati even after twisting my arm. But strong is the call of food, so we braved the traffic and headed south.

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Kenshin is a fast casual Japanese restaurant that resides at the ground floor or a residential condominium. They had a Mt Fuji mural on one wall, the other wall is lined up with Japanese whiskey bottle reserves. The tables are full with families out for a saturday dinner and couples out on dates. But most importantly, there are Japanese patrons in the establishment.

Basically, the general rule for dining out in any establishment offering regional cuisine, if there are people from the same country eating in a restaurant boasting their cuisine, then it must be authentic and good.

Jr ordered the Chicken Karaage set, while I ordered the Beef Sukiyaki set. The Chicken Karaage was soft and tender you can cut it with your chopsticks. The Beef Sukiyaki was sweet and meaty. Both sets had generous servings and good enough to share. If you don’t want to share, which I understand, the set comes with unlimited rice.

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Lest we forget, we also ordered what we came here for: The Do It Yourself Takoyaki.

The server placed the butane can powered, single burner on our table and fired it up under the takoyaki plate. She placed all we needed on the table: the cooking oil, the batter, the fillings and the seasonings. And in spite of the many times we’ve seen a takoyaki cooked before our eyes, we still asked for instructions on how to actually do it.

It’s delicious. It’s another take on the table cooking we love doing at those yakiniku/hotpot buffets. And most of all, it’s fun.

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