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Oct 18, 2011 04:57 PM

Copper Chimney

Has anybody been there recently?

Personally, I have found their food to be a few notches below what it was at the beginning of the year.

The quality seems to have slipped quite a bit. I have been there a couple of times over the last 3 months, and both times, I have left disappointed. It's not even one particular dish, even though some some are worse than others. The last time, the Chicken Biryani was woeful, the fish just passable. The time before that their Hariyali Tikka and Lamb Saag were dismal.

Given the dearth(or near absence) of quality Indian restaurants in Toronto, I would like to continue to frequent this place. But, they are not making it easy for me.

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  1. I made a similar comment on the main Copper Chimney thread a few months back - and people disagreed. So I went back last week and it was as good as any visit I've had since it opened.
    Best in Toronto (for me).
    I was there midweek and emphasized that the food seemed to be milder on my prior visit. No problem this rime though. However, your dishes aren't my favourites anyway.

    Had Pakoras (just OK), Onion Bhaji (V good), Baigan Patiala (good), Butter Chicken (I refuse to comment on butter chicken anywhere - my friends ordered this),Lamb Roganjosh (excellent), Lamb Saag (just OK), Beef Vindaloo (excellent) and assorted breads/rice.

    Copper Chimney
    619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

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      1. re: hal2010

        I didn't try it. I don't eat tomato.

      2. re: estufarian

        When I made similar comments on that thread early in the year, nobody agreed and I got attacked, We also had terrible service. I'd say they've had their 15 minutes of fame.

      3. Yeah I kinda agree with you though I can't comment on the quality before as this was my first visit. I had the lamb shank and my friend had the chicken vindaloo. Both were very average though the place was packed on a weekday.

        1. They did a large catering order for me about a month ago and they were excellent. Portions were way too big though.

          Haven't been at the restaurant to eat in awhile.

          1. I'm assuming we are all talking about the Copper Chimney in Toronto and not Ajax. We went once a while back when there was a lot of buzz around the place. The pakoras were dense, heavy and greasy, the curries were good, maybe a notch above the usual Indian restaurant. It was awhile back, but this was my vague impression I kept of this place. For us, it is inconvenient to get to and there was nothing about the food that made me feel I should go out of my way to go there. Maybe if I lived in the area, I would try to figure out the stronger dishes on the menu. But I never understood the hype, it didn't feel like it was way above the competition.

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            1. re: dubchild

              No resto bats .1000, I suppose, so I guess I've been lucky in almost all of my visits to Copper Chimney - an average of about once a month since it opened just a short drive from my humble hovel. I've had overwhelmingly good food and service as I work my way through the menu. Even the one or two times it seemed off, it was still quite respectable. It's certainly somewhat better - in my view - than another nearby, highly-regarded Indian joint, Amaya's Bread Bar, on Yonge St. halfway between Lawrence Ave. and York Mills Rd. Though Bread Bar has its stylish appeal, it seems to have recently narrowed its menu - and many of its main dishes taste pretty much the same to my palate. (Perhaps its the dreaded "mother sauce" that Indian food buff/chowhound estufarian complains about at many Indian restos). Like dubchild, I don't think I'd shlep across the city to get to Copper Chimney, but I'm glad it's in my backyard. It's at least a cut or two above most other Indian spots I've tried in Toronto. And modestly priced, too.

            2. I haven't eaten in a while (location is not terribly convenient) but it's a fav of ours for takeout. The portions are generous and well-spiced - I haven't tasted a decline in quality since opening. The naan are absolutely delish... always impeccable. The owners/servers are welcoming and friendly.

              We hope they stay around for a long, long time.