The Telegraph
Tuesday , December 25 , 2012
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There’s one more dine den in the city this Christmas. Bringing the Mumbai-based Copper Chimney to Calcutta is Pan India Food Solutions (the company behind Gelato Italiano, Spaghetti Kitchen and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf). Located on the third floor of City Centre Salt Lake, the restaurant is all about the robust flavours of the Northwest Frontier Province and the rustic dishes served in dhabas.

But is this an opening or a reopening, given the restaurant by the same name that used to be there on Shakespeare Sarani?

“The previous Copper Chimney was a franchised outlet. Since it didn’t maintain the Copper Chimney standards, we withdrew it. This time we have come in directly,” said Shikha Nath, brand director of Copper Chimney Group.

But why the long gap? “We wanted to get it absolutely right and bring the true flavours and tastes of Copper Chimney,” smiled Shikha.

Enter the restaurant and a glass-panelled kitchen catches your eye. Catch busy chefs making your preferred kebabs or roasting rumali rotis in a coal-fired clay tandoor. The 4,500sq ft restaurant is spread across two levels (with a section for smokers).

The 12-page menu offers a variety of chicken, mutton, fish and vegetarian items. The tandoor counter serves Achari Mushroom, Jhinga Nisha (char-grilled jumbo prawns steeped in cream and yoghurt marinade), Burrah Chop (cinnamon-scented lamb chops char-grilled and seasoned with spices) and Murg Kali Mirch. For Peter Cat freaks, there are Reshmi and Boti Chelos.

“It’s completely different from the ones you get in Calcutta. It’s pure Copper Chimney food. Not only are our main chefs from Mumbai, even the local boys have been trained at our Worli address,” said Sanjay Malkani, head of productions.

The top picks from the main course are Murg Makhani, Chicken Bharta, Gosht Badami and Fish Begum Bahar. In the vegetarian section, go for Dal Maharaja, Paneer Masala or the Methi Malai Mutter.

The dessert menu features Ras Malai, Malai Kulfi with Falooda, Gulab Jamun and other traditional sweets. And don’t miss out on the restaurant’s speciality Muzzafar (thick rabri topped with roasted vermicelli).

A meal for two costs Rs 1,000 (taxes extra).

Sneha Dutta

Pictures: Rashbehari Das