The other day I head down St. Mary’s Road to visit The Crusty Bun. I wasn’t paying attention to the time and showed up during the noon hours. There was a very long line, so I decided I would return at a better time and date. Instead I went out the door and walked a couple of blocks south to Copper Chimney. I enjoy Indian food, and thought I might as well give this place a try.
I believe, although I might be mistaken, that the Copper Chimney used to a Taco Bell, or some fast food place. The conversion to an Indian restaurant is certainly an upgrade from those days. They’ve also upgraded the furnishing so that it’s a comfortable place to dine.
Copper Chimney Buffet
My first time in the place I decided I would give the buffet a try. There lunch time buffet is of the smaller variety. In terms of the number of dishes it reminded me of Dhoom, on Donald.
I tried a good portion of the buffet. The standout item for my liking was the mixed vegetables, seen at the top of the second picture. I found the Tandoori Chicken to be moist, and enjoyed the Butter Chicken where the sauce was a little less creamy and cloying than some I have tried. One of the interesting choices on the buffet was the Samosas which were mini-sized. I liked the fact that you were able to enjoy them without them filling you up to much. The Gulab Janum I had as part of my dessert were pleasant, but there wasn’t enough syrup available to enjoy them completely.
Copper Chimney Entree:
When I returned to Copper Chimney, I decided that I would make my choices of the menu rather than go back to the buffet. I decided to order the full-sized samosa, along with the Chicken Vindaloo,
This time around I passed on the Naan bread. I found it really enjoyable, but knew that this meal would give me all the food I could handle. The Samosas were quite large and well-filled, but at 2 for $4.00 seemed a little overpriced. On the plus side, the green spicy sauce that they were served up with more than lived up to expectations on the spice front. The Chicken Vindaloo had a rich sauce, with a lot of flavour, but for an item advertised with a spice alert it fell a little short. The Cucumber Raita wasn’t necessary as a heat reducer, but I really enjoyed the flavour. I also liked the additions of pepper and carrot shavings to the rice.
Service was friendly and attentive on both visits. The buffet is obviously a quick choice when you visit, but the menu service was also reasonably fast. Copper Chimney is a worthwhile stop if you’re traveling down St. Mary’s.