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Restaurant Madame Butterfly @ Forbidden City

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Guests at Restaurant Madame Butterfly will enjoy modern Chinese cuisine from IndoChina, conceived from the perfect marriage between taste and art.

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 23:00

Closed: Sun & PH

$76 based on 7 submissions
Dinner (3 votes)
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Love it...

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.

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29 Dec 2012 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Love it...

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.
13 Dec 2012 • 12 reviews • 0 follower

Need help

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.
12 Sep 2010 • 85 reviews • 4 followers

dining amidst a setting of mystique

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.

10 Apr 2008 • 3 reviews • 2 followers

Lousy service 2nd time round

I had a good time the first time I was in MAdame Butterfly -for dinner- about a year ago. The food, I find was quite delicious especially the lychee prawn starter. All foods- were served on a separate plate, and well decorated for each diner.

Yet this time round, my 2nd trip down to their restaurant marks a dissapointment. Due to a food tasting going on, all our food (diners of 12) were to be shared right from the centre of the table. While this doen't bother some of us, most remarked that they prefers the serving style the first time round. Not only that, food take a long while to be served. We were there from 12.30 to 2.45pm. Drinks were served only upon request.. While the staff was polite, I can't help but notice there was a shortage of staff that noon, I saw 2 staff running about for the whole restaurant. Is this the difference dining at noon and at night?

I must say, this is the last time I am going back for such treatment.
03 Nov 2007 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Dont Go!

It is one of the most appaling meals I've ever had. I can get a better meal at the coffeeshop under my HDB block!

We had an average starter of crabmeat on a bed of spinach, pomelo, cashew and sea coconut which came without dressing(?!) or a tasteless one. The meal then went downhill from there. We had the poached spinach with mushrooms and tofu (really it was a stirfry) - absolutely tasteless. The Double Eternal Chicken was hard! I could hardly take a bite in it. How does chicken get hard??!! To end it and not soon enough I must say was the dissapointingly cold creme brulee.

A ridiculous $137 for this meal.

The decor looked cheap and the jazz they played clashed with the house music from the bar (Forbidden City) downstairs.

I'm sorry but the only positive thing I can say about the restaurant is the nerdy waiter who served us. I'm never going back.