Open since 2012, with express outlets in the CBD, Indian restaurant Copper Chimney has recently revamped its original Little India location to update its interiors and add new dishes to the now halal-certified menu.
If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the myriad choices in the bustling neighborhood, perhaps the fact that this eatery has been around for years will be a convincing factor. Starters include Malai Chicken Tikka ($15), of bite-size chunks marinated in a yogurt and herb mix; Paneer Manchurian ($14), which drenches fried cottage cheese cubes in a spicy, sweet, and tangy sauce; and Tandoori Mushrooms ($14) grilled with cottage cheese and veggies, and served with mint chutney.
For sides to pad your meal, the Kurkure Bhindi ($5) throws ladyfingers into the deep fryer for a crunchy snack, while the Masala Roomali ($8) gives you ample servings of onion- and tomato-stuffed crispy bread. Or if you’re a fan of naan, try the chili cheese version ($6.50), which you can pair with dhal.
Those looking for a lighter curry can order the Salmon Fish Masala ($18), and if your spice tolerance level isn’t that solid, you can go for the Lucknow Murg Korma ($16), a dish of butter chicken with saffron. More adventurous spice hunters can opt for the Chicken Lababdar ($15), a creamy curry with a lick of heat. Alternatively, the Madras Prawn Curry ($17) serves a signature light and fragrant gravy that you can have with basmati rice.
For more carbs, try the Sultani Seekh Rice Platter ($29), which comes with lamb and chicken kebabs for the table. Or go full-on with the Triple Szechuan Rice ($15), a plate inspired by Mumbai street food, piled high with fried rice, hakka noodles, and spicy gravy, with an option of veggies, chicken, or prawn.
To end off, nibble on treats like Jalebi with Rabdi ($8), a deep-fried flour snack filled with syrup, or Pista Rasmalai ($7.50), a traditional cake that’s creamy and sweet.
Copper Chimney is at 100 Syed Alwi Rd.
6294-8891. Sun-Thurs 11:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30-1am.
MRT: Farrer Park