Copper Chimney is one such name in the hospitality sector that immediately evokes an assurance of grandeur, top-notch quality and superlative delectability when it comes to North West Frontier Province and Northern Indian cuisine.
I’ll stop using top-notch here on but when you read an adjective assume that it’s prefixed with ‘top-notch’ because everything here is and I’d end up overusing it. Right from their reception, the hospitality is impeccable. Once you are settled down at your table, the glorious ambience takes over. Copper bells, utensils and other such decor sweep your sense of sight away. The orange lighting accentuates the red and gold hues around the restaurant. As the decor keeps you engaged while you wait for your order you can only but appreciate the intricate and well-designed interiors with small brass kettles and pots and little bells and other such interesting rustic decor.
As the usual menu goes, they have a rich mix of Punjabi, Kashmiri and Mughlai cuisines filled with vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The Great Indian Kabab festival is an added flair to this menu. With a lip-smacking succulent list of meats and veggies, this is one festival you would not wanna miss from the Mughlai connoisseurs of the city! Being one of our favourite restaurants, we surely couldn’t miss this invite.
Kicking it off was our favourite drink, the Lychee Rose mocktail. We also tried the Green Apple Margarita from their new range of Margaritas.
From their Soups, we had the Cream of Chicken and Cream of Tomato. Cream, rich, flavour-packed bowls of goodness. Nothing more, nothing less – perfection.
We then had a kabab sampler where we got to try 4-5 kababs from each vegetarian and non-vegetarian. A sumptuous affair. Beginning with the vegetarian, we had:
- Khadey Masaley Ka Paneer Tikka – Chatpata, hot, chunky and soft; it was some smoky deliciousness.
- Kashmiri Paneer – Subtle, elegant, rich with the marinade and lightly charred, this was atrociously soft and mellowed down our palates.
- Tandoori Mushroom – My pick from the vegetarian kababs. Succulent! The marinade was herby and the garlic on it made it all the more lip-smacking!
- Sialkoti Aloo – The mix of flavours was well marinaded on the soft baby potatoes!
- Dilli Ki Lal Tikki – Crunchy on the outside and mushy on the inside, this Delhi Tikki was a wonder mix of gooseberries and beetroot!
Non-vegetarian Kababs (drop your knives and forks!) we tried were:
- Baluchi Chicken – Subtle, the flavour of the meat was highlighted by the nuts and spices from the region!
- Raan – e – Murgh – Chicken in chicken! The tender meat on the bone was juicy and flavour packed (literally with the filling of spicy chicken!).
- Masala Tandoori Wings – Zingy, masala-fied Indian version of your everyday favourite snack. Loved its rustic charcoal grill on the outside.
- Nimbu Mirch Machchi – This was our favourite from the non-vegetarian kababs! Soft yet firm fish that had the flavours well soaked in.
From the festival ‘khana’ we went on to our comfort zones here; Dal Makhani and Murgh Makhani with Naan and Rumali Roti. We kept going back for more Dal Makhani for its creaminess that we’ve invariably always enjoyed ordering here. It was evident why the Butter Chicken was Copper Chimney’s prided speciality. Tangy, buttery and filled with chunky bits of meat, this is something everyone can heartily enjoy regardless of their spice preference. We also usually enjoy their Murgh Rahra and their smokin’ delicious Chicken Biryani.
Be smothered with richness by their option of lush desserts. Kulfi is our go-to dessert here as it’s not too sweet but manages to end the meal on a perfect Indian note with its nuts, thick condensed milk and all the pamper an Indian meal is. We also love the Rasmalai here!
Prices are a bit on the higher side when you compare it with other restaurants offering the same cuisine. But for the quality and finesse that we get here, this is definitely a VFM place for they ensure it carries through their hospitality as well as their food.
We’ve been their patrons for a long time now and it has always been a delightful experience with their wholesome deliverance of food, culture and tradition in their service, food and ambience which has always made us come back for more. With the added festival, be further sured to tantalise your tastebuds with some hearty Northern cuisine that’s ‘Time inspired. Coal fired’! The The Great Indian Kabab Festival is on till the 14th of April.
WTF METER FOR COPPER CHIMNEY, GOPALAPURAM:
Ambience – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Quantity – 9/10
Taste – 10/10
VFM – 8/10
Overall – 9/10
Valet – Yes
Wifi – No