Having served as a residence as well as a godown for gambier, biscuits and other commodities, the old Riverhouse is imbibed with history, memories and soul. Flanked by towering terracotta warriors, the entrance The Forbidden City is akin to that of an ancient Chinese Emperor's opulent abode. The interior impresses effortlessly with its elegant blend of old-world oriental charm and modern sophistication.

Venue Decor

The middle of Restaurant Madame Butterfly is in the traditional style of Chinese houses with two voids flanked by wooden railings so guests may look down to Bar CoCoon and finally, extending beyond the back of the restaurant is a balcony that overlooks the courtyard and the garden into Clarke Quay.



Hanging on the walls of the Forbidden City are Chinese paintings, calligraphy and art from worldrenowned artists. Ming vases, Tang antiques and Qing artifacts line the shelves. The traditional furniture themselves, as well as the cutlery, are crafted by master Chinese craftsmen, making one wonder where the art galley ends, and where the restaurant begins. Silken drapes gently brush the walls and the ceiling like the soft wings of a butterfly.



Menu Approach

Serving up Modern Chinese cuisine with influences from the region of Indochina, Restaurant Madame Butterfly’s signature offerings – such as the Double Element Chicken, Summer Palace Duck and Lychee from the North Garden – are certainly epicurean delights fit for royalty.





Constantly seeking to be more than just your average Modern Chinese restaurant, Restaurant Madame Butterfly is always ready to serve up a feast of Manchurian proportions, with dishes such as the IndoChine XO Beef, Crispy Seabass Fillet with Mango Salad and the Longevity Salmon and Crab Cake.

The chefs of IndoChine are masters of their trade delivering delicacies that are not only tasty, but are also "nutraceutical", nutritious and full of pharmaceutical benefits for your health.

Menus (pdf):
The FORBIDDEN CITY Menu


Wine Menu
Beverage Menu


Address :
The Forbidden City, Clarke Quay
3A Merchant’s Court, River Valley Road, #01-02
Singapore 179020
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Contact : +65 6557 6266

Operating Hours :
Lunch :
Mondays to Fridays : 12.00pm - 3.00pm
(Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)

Dinner :
Mondays to Saturdays : 6.30pm-11.00pm
(Closed on Sundays)