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Feb 3, 2011 11:47 AM

Copper Chimney new restaurant

Looks like the Indian food truck is passe. The restaurant is now in the Spice Court at 9472 Mira Mesa. Will be going there this weekend for Hyderbadi biryani!

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  1. Thanks for the news, is that address legit? That would put it right near the Kebab Shop.

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    1. re: stevuchan

      Should it be 9474 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA? Look like it.

      1. re: stevuchan

        Can we have confirmation, pine time?

        If it is at that Black Mountain Road address, that would be very ironic, as there was a report or two on this board about some of the Little India restaurants complaining about the Copper Chimney truck, to the point that he decided to limit his hours.

      2. Interesting. I had lunch yesterday at Ashoka at 9474 Black Mountain Road. I was walking past the spice place next door to Ashoka, and noticed a small white board on the sidewalk, announcing the Copper Chimney. I wish now that I had read the entire thing -- I had no idea they were moving into a fixed location. I'll have to visit next time I get over there.

        1. It is on Black Mountain Road in the same strip mall as Surati Farsan Mart and Ashoka. The Copper Chimney website says they began operations on Feb 1- not had a chance to check it out yet.
          The location is actually a Indian grocery store with a kitchen in it.

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          1. re: ipsit

            So is this a take out only type setup or is there a place to sit down and eat right there?

            1. re: mliew

              A long, long time ago, I remember being in that grocery store, and there were a few seats near the kitchen area. I cannot guarantee that they still are there, but somehow I think they would be.

          2. Sorry for the confusion: the guy on the phone said Mira Mesa Blvd, but looks like it's really the Black Mountain address. From what I've heard (and hubs is from s. India), it's worth hunting out!

            1. The critique: we both had the chicken Hyderabadi biryani. Mr. Pine Time gave it a B+, and I gave it an A-. He felt the large bone-in chunk of chicken was impossible to eat with plastic utensils and the side curry wasn't as flavorful as expected. Me: while the basmati was fluffy and nicely cooked, didn't have any permeation of spices. Also missed real saffron rather than a yellow coloring on the rice, but at $5.99, what can you expect. In short, we'll go back, and will have the masala dosa next time.

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                1. re: pine time

                  I think I saw you guys there today. I had the buffet. Thought it was tasty and a good value for the price, but I think I prefer Surati Farsan's dosa.

                  1. re: Josh

                    Josh: were you wearing a red tee shirt? The buffet didn't look too inspired--how was it compared to other decent Indian places? We'll try Copper Chimney's dosa next time, and then compare with Surati's (whose dosa was very much like my mother-in-laws. Is that a good thing?) And yes to all, the new location IS next to Ashoka, in the Spice Court market. Had been a long time since we'd been to that area, and was pleased that Spice Court seemed to have better variety, including MTR spice mixes (but they don't compare to the actual MTR in Bangalore).

                    1. re: pine time

                      MTR spices have been pretty easily available in the Indian grocery stores around town. They even sell ready-to-eat MTR boxed curries...and I agree that none of it comes anywhere near the food at the actual MTR! Is the menu at the new Copper Chimney similar to what the truck had?

                      1. re: ipsit

                        Ipsit: yes, I've seen some MTR mixes before, but not the variety at the Spice Court (or maybe I need to get out more). I hadn't eaten from the food truck, so maybe Josh or somebody needs to compare the truck food vs. restaurant. I use the word restaurant lightly--it's a bare bones operation, so don't expect ambience!

                        1. re: ipsit

                          Hey Ipsit, We stopped by the restaurant for the first time tonight and found that Allen is now serving rawa dosas. They were featured prominently on the menu, so we asked Allen about them. He proclaimed them "the best" and said they were made from something akin to cream of wheat.

                          We had to take our food to go so weren't able to taste it fresh, but we still found it quite tasty. It was served with the same excellent chutneys that accompany the regular dosas, which are still on the menu. I'd love to get your take on the dish if you get a chance to try it.

                          1. re: genevah

                            Rawa is semolina - like cream of wheat, but not quite the same (I believe the difference has to do with the type of wheat and thickness of the kernels). I haven't had rawa dosa at the new location, but I did try it once at the truck. It was one of his greasier dosas, but I liked how crisp he got it.
                            At the new place, I've found that the service is somewhat slow. It probably helps him deal with a larger crowd, but I miss the truck. A lot of the charm for me was eating dosas on the sidewalk, and the nostalgia that went with it.

                        2. re: pine time

                          Yes, that was me. The buffet was better than it looked. The eggplant and dal were really good. The channa masala was serviceable.