Thursday, 20 December 2012

Copper Chimney, Bangalore

Right across our office campus, Copper Chimney - now a restaurant chain; launched another outlet on 15th August on the first floor of In Orbit mall. Having been present in Bangalore for close to a decade or may be more, Copper Chimney has won many patrons and is acknowledged for its North Indian /Punjabi food. Given its proximity from my office, 9 foodies (all colleagues) headed there for a lunch buffet. 

Copper Chimney mainly specializes in the food specialties of the northern part of India. Having decided to go in for their weekday lunch buffet, my focus in this review will revolve around the menu set for the lunch buffet. The spread was vast and comprised of vegetarian and non – vegetarian fare. It included a soup counter, a live chaat counter, a salad counter; a counter with a vast spread including starters and main course and no points for guessing, a dessert counter was included in the lunch buffet.

What we ate:
This might be the first time, I am writing down a food review as a vegetarian. The views on the non – vegetarian fare come from other foodies who like me love food and are passionate about the food they eat.

Soup of the day was tomato-coriander shorba. The soup tasted good and I must say the coriander flavor didn’t go unnoticed. The salad counter had a good spread of garden fresh vegetables, Russian salad, and more. This clearly for us was not a point of focus. 

I have always been amazed at this special attention chaat gets from the women folks (atleast in my set of female friends and relatives). It was no different here at Copper Chimney where the live chaat counter was quite popular among the women. Patrons could choose from multiple options like paani poori, dahi paapdi, sev puri etc. We tried the dahi paapdi and paani poori and both were quite nice. 

For the starters, there were 2 vegetarian and 2 non – vegetarian options. The vegetarian had tandoori gobi and aloo something while the non – vegetarians had murg sheek kabab and fish tikka. Between fish tikka and murgh sheek kabab, fish tikka was a clear winner on our table with chicken sheek kabab’s lack of sufficient flavoring cost it some points. On the vegetarian side; tandoori gobi was really nice but the potato starter was just about average. 

In main course, vegetarian food was a big disappointment with most of the items heading too far from good taste. The paneer makhanwala, mix vegetable and corn something were a disappointment. Paneer gravy seemed to be diluted with water while the corn had a prominent sour taste coming from tomatoes. On the other hand, a bitter gourd veggie and dal makhni were really nice.

Non – vegetarians too had mixed reviews with the chicken and fish dishes in main course. Chicken was well appreciated but the fish failed to win hearts. The restaurant served assorted Indian breads that were made to order and served hot on the table. On this day, there was a mutton keema biryani which failed to impress the biryani lovers.

Desserts included fresh fruits, a pastry, 2 Indian sweets and vanilla ice cream. Though the deserts tasted fine the variety on offer was a letdown.

We visited this restaurant in less than a fortnight of its opening and were unhappy with the service and hospitality. Considering that we were going on a Friday lunch; advance reservation was made by us. Having arrived there on time, in a few minutes as we waited to get our table we could see that the restaurant was not ready for the kind of foot fall it was receiving.  This view only got stronger when we experienced long waits for the plates to arrive at the buffet counter, missing spoons and forks, empty or nearly empty food containers. However, my prior visits to other outlets of Copper Chimney usually for a-la carte dinners have been quite nice.

No valet parking available as Copper Chimney is a part of In Orbit mall. 

The buffet at about Rs. 390 plus taxes and other charges is definitely one of the more economical buffets on offer in Whitefield but is still over priced for the quality of food served and also the variety on offer. 

Quick Tips:
The buffet is disappointing. Lunches are usually crowded for buffets; I’d recommend going to Copper Chimney go for a-la Carte dinners instead.

Address: 1st Floor, In Orbit Mall, EPIP Industrial Area, Whitefield , Bangalore - 560066
Phone Number: 080 - 28029600

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