We were contacted by Copper Chimney Restaurant & Bar – Vancouver’s top fine dining destination for Indian inspired cuisine – to join them for dinner one evening. Always on the lookout for great Indian fare, we happily obliged, so Copper Chimney graciously hosted Eating in Vancouver for dinner on Friday night.
Copper Chimney Restaurant & Bar is located inside Hotel Le Soleil in the heart of downtown Vancouver. This impressive luxury boutique hotel is a 4-Diamond property and named “One of the Top 100 Hotels in the World” by Resorts & Great Hotels Magazine.
Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted at the door by both the Catering & Events Manager and the Restaurant Manager and promptly seated at a cozy, yet spacious table.
Our friendly server came by to introduce herself, take our drink order, pour us some water and thoroughly explain the extensive menus, including the evening’s dinner specials and their Dine Out menu.
The Copper Chimney is a fusion restaurant that specializes in Indian cuisine; therefore, they offer something to please everyone. Taste some of India’s finest flavours like their Madras Lamb Curry and Pakoras, or stick to Pacific Northwest favourites such as Pistachio Crusted Salmon and Pan Seared Halibut.
I sipped a handcrafted expertly mixed cocktail called The Apprentice (tequila, peach schnapps, orange and grapefruit juice), while my husband and I decided on what to order for dinner.
Warm sliced bread and butter were presented before our appetizers arrived. The bread was delicious, but I had to stop myself from eating too much to ensure that I didn’t spoil my appetite. Gary easily finished off all the slices.
I started with the Classic Caesar Salad – Romaine lettuce and slivered parmesan cheese served with homemade croutons. This was a large portion of salad, tossed with plenty of creamy dressing. Its romaine leaves were very crisp, eluding to their definite freshness. I appreciated that the lettuce was carefully cut into small bite sized pieces.
Gary opted for the Lamb Lollipops – Lamb chops marinated in garlic, ginger and onions, cooked to perfection in the tandoor oven and served with chickpeas, green salad, and mint cucumber chutney. The beautifully marinated lamb meat was cooked medium and easily fell off the nicely charred bones. The tender lamb was well seasoned we felt it tasted even more flavourful than Vij’s “lamb popsicles”.
For his main course, Gary chose the Butter Chicken – Tandoori style chicken breast pieces in a creamy tomato masala sauce, served with basmati rice and naan bread. Frangrant whole cloves added to the aromatic, soft and fluffy rice. The butter chicken sauce was wonderful. I won’t name any names, but many Indian restaurants in Vancouver proper serve really bland butter chicken. This dish, however, actually had a real kick to it – obviously the chef was not afraid to use some spice.
Our server kindly brought us more freshly baked buttered naan since we enjoyed the first pillowy-soft piece so much. She explained that their naan bread is made fresh to order and baked in their authentic clay tandoor oven. The tandoor’s copper chimney highlights the restaurant’s large open kitchen where you can view the chefs expertly create their tasty concoctions.
For my main dish, I chose the Chili Lime Tiger Prawns – Roasted grape tomato and mint salsa with rice and vegetables. The dish consisted of eight crunchy, perfectly cooked prawns in a slightly spicy and very tasty sauce. Out of the young carrots, broccoli and broccolini, I especially enjoyed the sweet flavour of broccolini (a cross between broccoli and gai-lan) with its smaller florets and longer, thin stalks.
Our appies and mains were all very filling but we could not leave without sampling one of Copper Chimney’s homemade desserts. So, we decided to share the Chocolate Truffle Cake – Rich and decadent dark, milk and white chocolate treat, baked in-house, finished with chocolate sauce and a lovely dollop of whipped cream. The first thing we noticed was the aromatic scent of strawberries and how vibrantly red they were. These weren’t your run of the mill, bland varieties from California. Overall, a fantastically delicious dessert that we would certainly order again.
Having never previously been to Copper Chimney we weren’t sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised by its lovely atmosphere, excellent service and tasty Indian fusion dishes. For a fine dining restaurant, we were also impressed with its very substantial portion sizes!