Thursday, December 4, 2008

Copper Chimney

About a month ago, Foodeater wrote about an Indian restaurant called Copper Chimney. I love Indian food, but rarely eat at Indian restaurants because I'm wary of getting a belly full of ghee. So, when Foodeater mentioned that Copper Chimney has a clearly marked vegan section of their menu, I knew I had to eat there as soon as possible. The Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving was my first opportunity.

A vegetarian friend and I took our sweet time poring over the menu, having eschewed the mostly un-vegetarian lunch buffet.



Our sweet waitress started us with this complimentary trio of chutney and pappadam. I probably would've walked away completely satisfied if this had been my only lunch. I especially loved the chutney at the top right, which was a spicy mix of crunchy veggies and garlic cloves. Moving counter-clockwise, I could detect coconut, cilantro, and chili pepper in the green chutney that was similar to salsa verde. I believe the third was a tamarind-based chutney, as it was sweet and smooth, but it also might have been mango chutney. The pappadam were crispy and flavorful, albeit a bit too thin to withstand the weight of the veggie and green chutneys.



My friend ordered Papad Roll for an appetizer (from the menu: Lightly spiced mashed potatoes stuffed inside thin lentil wafer, deep fried.) and I tried one. It was the only part of the meal I didn't enjoy. The flavor of the pappadam and the potatoes was lost in the frying, I believe. All I could really taste was fried food and I'm not a fan of fried food.



We shared the Samber Soup (from the menu: A Southern Indian style lentil soup with fresh vegetables.). It was very good and perfectly spiced.



My entree was Dal Lashooni (from the menu: Mixed dal cooked with exotic spices and garnished with garlic flakes.). I detected mung beans, two types of lentils, and kidney beans in this dish, which was basically an Indian-spiced chili. If I were to order this again, I'd order it with rice, but this time, I went for chapati (from the menu: Thinly rolled whole wheat baked bread.). I only say "if" because I'm really looking forward to sampling the other vegan dishes on the menu. There has already been a return visit to Copper Chimney! I'll blog about that later.



I just spent about 6 days in the Bay Area starting the day after Thanksgiving, which is why I haven't blogged about Thanksgiving yet and why you haven't seen many of my comments on your blogs. When I got back yesterday, I had 209 new entries on my Reader! I have my work cut out for me.

11 comments:

River said...

Welcome back! Everything looks so good, I don't know why I'm so scared of Indian food. The pictures are lovely!

Ricki said...

Hope you had a great time! I, too, love Indian food and everything there looks so good (esp. the papadums--yummers!). 209 entries--whoah. I know what you mean--it's just so easy to keep subscribing to all those great blogs out there!

Becca said...

the food looks so yummy! I hop eyou have a great weekend!

Foodeater said...

Yay... I'm glad you liked this place as much as I did! Might be going there for a birthday party tonight :)

shellyfish said...

a "belly full of ghee" you made me giggle! I know what you mean, though. I do love Indian food...
209 - oui! Cela fait un peu de travail, fais toi un petit thé et mets tes pantoufles...

Vivacious Vegan said...

I've been such a bad blogger but I finally caught up on all of your posts I had missed while I was on a little break. Glad to see you're doing well and eating lots of delish food. Copper Chimney sounds like a great place (but any place that has vegan sambar soup gets my seal of approval).

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Copper Chimney sounds great! I don't eat Indian food enough either; like you, conversing with waitstaff who have trouble understanding that I don't want ghee, yogurt, or meat in my meal is not always easy. The dal looks sooo yummy!

I am excited for your Thanksgiving post but I'll be patient. It does sound like you have a lot of catching up to do after your trip!

Lex said...

I am so going here asap! I have been in an Indian Food Slump and am desperate for something good. Great to see more good words about this place, just the motivation I needed!

Hannah said...

I definitely don't eat Indian food enough- That all looks so awesome! I'm really craving it now...!

quarrygirl said...

this place looks awesome. we are definitely gonna check it out, now that it's gotten good reviews from you and foodeater.

Becca said...

You keep talking about the blog reader, what is it? I have never heard of it...