Reviews and Such Indian Restaurants

Copper Chimney – Saint Vital

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  be 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 plate after my first visit to the buffet table.


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,

Copper Kitchen vindaloo
A good and spicy chicken vindaloo from the Copper Chimney
Samosas from Copper Chimney
Copper Kitchen Samosas, the green spicy sauce was really top rate.

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.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.