Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 23:00
Closed: Sun & PH
Guests at Restaurant Madame Butterfly will enjoy modern Chinese cuisine from IndoChina, conceived from the perfect marriage between taste and art.
We are here in average once a month and it's always a pleasant experience. Nice environment, great selection of Chinese and Vietnamise specialties, all well prepared and tasty. The place outside is relaxing and cosy, not too many tables cramped together like in some other places. Alternatively you may go inside: airconditioned and and also otherwise a cool and special ambience. There is a bar as well for the drinks and small bites.
we came here when they first opened years ago, the atmosphere was then elegant and food was reasonable. This time we were shocked when we saw how ther restaurant (we had indoor sitting) has been transformed to a stage that needs help badly. The restaurant was loud, service staff had vague knowledge about the menu dishes e.g. when asked what was the soup portion, she indicated that it could be shared by two when the size was of a regular cup size portion. Service staff was friendly but not trained as what one would expect from this restaurant. For instance, instead of just pushing the dishes one after the other as it came, they could have watch us struggling to reach out for the last dishes which were placed furthest away from the long table. Most of all, the food quality did not match the top star restaurant it tries to advocate. It is a pity to the "indochine" brand it associates with.
As part of the IndoChine family, Madame Butterfly is situated at the Forbidden City located at the heart of Clarke Quay. I particularly loved the setting of the place, which exudes posh, charm, mystique and modern Chinese hues all at once. I would recommend sitting indoors because that is where you can fully experience dining in a setting of antiques and terracotta warriors.
The service was prompt and efficient, and the head manager was able to offer his personal recommendations as well as explain the different house specialties. Out of his own initiative, he also served us a platter of the various types of chilli (garlic chilli, sour plum chilli, traditional chilli padi etc) which went well with their IndoChine cuisine. This is the place to go if you're a sucker for spice.
Some must-tries include their cod fish (served with chilli and garlic) as well as their house roast duck (served with spicy plum sauce). I am impressed with how the cuisine at Madame Butterfly consists of a wonderful blending of very unique spices, something which I've never tasted before.
Dining at Madame Butterfly could be a little pricey but it is definitely worth the experience. It probably has the most charming decor out of all the Chinese restaurants I've been to.