Pioneers of contemporary Indian cuisine, Copper Chimney, are set to make the brand’s debut in the London dining scene with the launch of its first UK-based site in Westfield London this October. With 15 award-winning outlets across five cities in India, Copper Chimney showcases its signature contemporary Indian cuisine and flavours with a global audience. Exceptional hospitality, expertly sourced ingredients, secret spice recipes and the use of classic Indian culinary techniques are at the heart of Copper Chimney’s ethos. The move comes as Westfield London continues to attract independent eateries to become a foodie destination.
Since the opening of the first Copper Chimney site in 1972, the iconic Indian brand has aimed to showcase the culinary delights of undivided North India, exploring regions and showcasing cuisines from the food capital of India, Delhi to South Asia’s oldest city, Peshawar. Mr J K Kapur, founder of Copper Chimney, opened the first site in the exhilarating heart of Bombay (Mumbai) with passion and promise of fresh Indian cooking. To this day, the expertly trained chefs at each restaurant use the same cooking methods that were used in the very first Copper Chimney restaurant.
Using an array of handpicked spices sourced from select farms across India, Copper Chimney’s secret spice recipes, that have been passed down three generations, infuse the brand’s signature flavours into their dishes. Each dish on the menu states exactly which region of North India it is inspired by. Signature appetisers will include the likes of Amritsari Shrimp, from the popular alleys of Amritsar, Punjab, a carom-flavoured battered shrimp and Delhi-Style Fried Chicken, flavoured with our hand-pounded garam masala, cayenne pepper and a complex array of spices. Masters in the art of the tandoor, all Tandoor Grills are marinated for over eight hours to ensure the perfect succulent texture and maximum hit of flavour. Tandoor Grills include, a Copper Chimney original Reshmi Malai Chicken, lightly marinated in hung yogurt and cream, delicately flavoured with white pepper and cardamom, as well as Tandoor Roasted Sweet Potato sprinkled with an in-house tangy and hot seasoning.
Mains feature an abundant selection of dishes from specials such as Grilled Burrah Chop, cinnamon scented, tender lamb chops marinated for over eight hours, seared and chargrilled, to deep, comforting bowls of Biriyani cooked using the traditional Dum method. Expertly spiced, slow cooked curries are a speciality at Copper Chimney. Dishes include an original recipe of Butter Chicken, boneless tandoor chicken simmered in a tomato, butter-infused gravy, accentuated with dry fenugreek and Bazaar ke Chole, chickpeas soaked in an infusion of tea leaves and a homemade spice blend, flavoured with dried pomegranate, best paired with a potato and onion kulcha bread.
Copper Chimney’s handmade breads are cooked in the restaurant’s tandoor ovens, and feature the Roomali Roti, a soft, delicate, handkerchief-thin bread, tossed and cooked on an inverted tawa, this is Copper Chimney’s signature artisanal bread best paired with one of many flavourful curries on offer, and Kabuli Naan, a Copper Chimney favourite, offered at the 1st Copper Chimney in India only; a leavened tandoor cooked bread stuffed with ‘mawa’ and topped with dates and apricot.
To finish, desserts will continue to showcase exceptional Indian flavours with the likes of a Garjar Pistachio Crumble, slow cooked carrot pudding with cardamom and sweetened milk layered with chopped pistachio and praline crumble.
Not to be overlooked, drinks will be a key element to Copper Chimney’s offering, with expert mixologists from India creating standout concoctions inspired by Mumbai. Signature cocktails include the likes of Mumbai Mule, whiskey, spiced liqueur, saffron-cardamom bitters, lemon juice and ginger, and the aromatically infused Matunga Kaapi, scotch whiskey with a splash of single malt, cinnamon-banana gomme, filter kaapi, burnt cinnamon and coffee dust. During the afternoon, a range of signature Chais and coffee will be served.
Outside the restaurants, Copper Chimney, as a brand and company, works closely on a goal of “Food and Nutrition for All”, and has been working closely with Action Against Hunger to find ways to fight hunger and malnutrition. Copper Chimney parent company’s foundation has sponsored numerous villages in India to support 1000 day interventions for children suffering from malnutrition, and proudly worked with NGOs such as the Robin Hood Army to serve over 6 million meals across 800 villages this August 2019. Copper Chimney is continuing its work with Action Against Hunger at its Westfield location, by helping raise funds for the fight against hunger and malnutrition.