Saturday, January 13, 2007

Copper Chimney, Race Course Road

Indian food for me has generally been a mixed bag of excitements and disappointments. Though in general, I would probably say that I do enjoy the food. Especially those of the Northern India variety. There are certain commonalities which I've observed that doesn't quite agree with me. It has to do with what I consider to be overused of certain green herbs, amongst them the vile weed coriander. There are others, but I do not have the names to them. Suffice it is to say, these are the bane of my eating pleasures for many an Indian food joint.

Copper Chimney at Race Course Road was an example of a mixed bag place. The restaurant is located a few units away from Delhi Restaurant which I ate ate a couple of months back. The al fresco dining area located at the entrance was tiny (just two tables) but does contain a small measure of the old world charm (and dirt) of the colonial era. An old shop house glazed in weathered dirty whitewash and peeling paint matched with dust coated grey concrete flooring. If not for the less than ideal shelter (or the lack of it) of the my table so close to the rain, it would have been a fairly pleasant place to linger lazily after lunch in the afternoon shower with hot tea and a cigarette which I shouldn't have the luxury of. Lol.

Papads are served at the start. These ones are studded with peppercorn and are quite spicy. Alongside, is a greenish sauce which I had originally assumed to be a mint yoghurt. However there was not the slightest hint of mint in the mixture and after a while, I couldn't really decide if the crackers were the main source of the spicy sensation in my tongue or if the green yoghurt helped add to the kick.

One of the things I really enjoy from Indian restaurants is lassi. This one is a mango flavoured one. Good stuff I would say.

Their Murg Malai Tikka was rather heavy as a starter.  The portions could've made a main course. This was also one of those dishes that didn't fully agree with me because of the amount of green herbs that was sprinkled all over. It was suppose to be chicken marinated with mild spices, yoghurt, cream and cheese. But all I could really taste was the herbs and the bitter burnt portions of the chicken. Despite being a Chef's Recommendation on the menu, I'll never eat it again unless my life depended on it.

This Gosht Saag turned out to be an excellent heart warmer in the rainy weather. It's pieces of mutton in some spinach gravy as described in the menu. The dish turned out to be akin to a piping hot and mildly spicy mutton and vegetable stew of sorts that managed to stay warm throughout the whole time I was eating. What I appreciated about this was the fact that that the mutton pieces was actually tender and not overcooked. Together with an order of cheese naan, the only complain that I had was that my unerring senses detected sparse bits of coriander which thankfully was in quantities small enough for me to forcibly ignore.

I noticed that there is quite a variety of cheese based dishes on the vegetarian section of the menu apart from palek paneer, so it's possible that I may come back again for more grub from this chimney.

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