One place where I hate to go on a saturday night is this place - Copper chimney on Cathedral road. For the simple reason that it is perennially full and they don't take reservations which leaves you with no option but to wait which I hate! Also the wait for the valet parking is so painful and time consuming (since they have a good bunch of restos huddled together).
Anyway, we were just three of us and when both the others voted in favour of this place, I decided not to rebel. So we went in and began the ritual wait right next to the large Dilip Kumar portrait. After some time, we were duly showed our table. One thing I like about this place is the ambiance. Though very open and bereft of any major separations, they have managed to create a very calm mood with the tables spaced apart just enough to give you a sense of privacy at the same time utilizing the floor space wisely.
We sifted through their long and heavy menu and decided on Achari chicken tikka as starters. This came pretty quickly. Now if there is one food that has stood out in all of my umpteen visits to copper chimney, it is Chicken Malai kabab. Somehow my tongue has got stuck to the stickiness and softness of the meat in this dish. Achari chicken Tikka evoked the same memories and tickled my senses in a similar fashion. It made for a smooth passage into my oesophagus. ;) Mixed with the chutneys, it was nothing but an euphoric delight to the humble taste buds.
For main course we chose Chicken Bharta and Paneer masala with bread basket. The bread basket we ordered was out of a ritualistic sense since I've rarely come here with less than five people where it made sense to go for it. This time around, the numbers slipped our mind and we ended up paying a heavy price. The guy who took our orders had a satirical remark "even I was thinking why you needed so many rotis" when we asked him why he didn't alert us to the over order. I must add, some of their other servers are extremely proactive and friendly. This one seemed a little disconnected and less concerned! Anyways, the chicken Bharta was a first time for me. Sadly, it was unimpressive and made for mediocre standards. Paneer however was nice; not too rubbery or too hard, it made for a good hit under the teeth and gelled nicely with the bread.
Unlike the paneer however, the chicken was bereft of much flavour and the pieces not soft enough. A bland mughlai dish is the least one will expect too!
For desserts, we had Ras Malai which again was soft and cold much to the satisfaction of the spiced up tongue. Lastly, the Lassi lived up to the usual standards but lime soda was a little too salty.