A leader in the Bombay eatery scene for several decades, Copper Chimney is a very good restaurant, period! Over the years, the team behind CC have rolled out a number of other restaurants which had varying levels of success – Bombay Brasserie & Bombay Blue to name a couple. But, the main restaurant has been a steady provider of quality punjabi and mughlai food through the same period.

There are a few CC outlets, the best known being the one in Kala Ghoda and the bigger one in Worli. This review will focus on the Worli restaurant.

Copper Chimney promises a “hard core” punjabi meal and does very well to provide one. You can start your meal with a number of vegetarian kababs or chaat options. We recommend the alu chaat or masala papad. Both are accompanied by the top notch green chutney and pickled onions. A great way to whet your appetite.

For the main course, CC are experts at the best punjabi dishes – dum aloo kashmiri, dal tadka, kadai vegetables, dal makhani and malai kofta are all excellent. We recommend the paneer mussalam as the creamy tomato based gravy makes for a great base to drown your naan or rice. The flavours of the spices are clear and you are not overwhelmed by garam masala or dhania-jeera powder. Another dish which is low on sexiness but high on taste is the unpretentious Aaloo Gobi. A must try at CC!

Naans are excellent here but you really should have the Roomali Roti. You can see them preparing all the rotis in their huge show kitchen Рa draw for this place for years. The pulao is also quite good, and we would recommend a simple Jeera pulao.

For dessert, CC has some of the best kulfi and rabdi on offer in Bombay.

Another great option is their buffet lunch. Not at all pricey (Rs. 395 per head) and serving the best their kitchen can offer, you do not feel shortchanged for skipping the a la carte option. A great place for business lunches, as it has good food, is not too noisy and has a little ambience as well. I would avoid this option on weekends as it gets a bit too crazy, with all the folks mobbing the buffet table. But, who could blame them!

Portions in the a la carte menu are just the right size and not too small. Pricing is a bit on the higher side, but we would still not call this place expensive. Service is good and in spite of being in business for such a long time, they have not slacked off on this important dimension.

The ambience is excellent and the copper vessels on the wall, along with the large show kitchen set the mood for a great meal. The warm smell of something nice cooking hits you the second you walk in and makes it worth the wait, you sometimes are subjected to (especially if you don’t have a reservation).

The lack of inventiveness is both a good thing and a limiting factor. There meat dishes have made additions over the years, but the vegetarian range has been largely static. For this, we penalize them 1/2 a bone.

My recco – Go here for dinner or buffet business lunch. Expect tasty, well made punjabi fare which has made Bombayites content for years.

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A true “old school” restaurant that has been around for ages, Gaylord is a restaurant at which a few generations of Bombayites have grown up.

Situated on the road from Churchgate station to Marine drive, Gaylord has prime real estate to command a presence. While the opposite pavement has a scrap between about 6-7 restaurants & lounges, Gaylord has this pavement pretty much to itself.

Laid out over 3 mezzanine levels, this restaurant has both punjabi food and some continental bakes. While the baked dishes evoke memories of the railway club (in a good way), we would recommend you concentrate on the punjabi food and desserts.

The punjabi main course is quite stellar here and all the traditional dishes are prepared consistently well. Paneer tikka, dal shorba and harabhara kabab are good ways to get started here. The main course has many delicacies from the simple bhendi masala to a more rich dum alu kashmiri. We would recommend the paneer makhanwala which sinfully melts in your mouth and the veg jalfraizy which compensates for its peculiar name with some great spice. For once, we would recommend the Dal Tadka instead of the black dal.

Gaylord has great accompaniments from a fantastic punjabi mix-veg pickle to masala papad. Unlike some punjabi joints, both the rotis and the rice are equally stellar. We recommend the butter naan and the peas pulao.

Having gorged yourself on this much butter and cream, we would still recommend saving space for dessert. The malai kulfi is quite superb, as is the rabdi.

For those in the know, the bakeshop outside is one of the best smelling places on earth. Freshly baked bread, pastries and snacks make it a must for you to take some of this away with you.

A tip: Show up around 10am or 3ish when the freshly baked stuff is wheeled in. Mmmmm…

The service unfortunately has been slow and unhelpful for about as long as this joint has been in existence. Most people serving seem as old as Bombay (not in the nice way), and seem in no mood to tolerate questions or to even put on the pretence of service. One chap (tall with a moustache) IS very good and uses his experience to guide you through the menu (and off-menu) items. But, if you don’t get him, it can get frustrating. We dock them one bone for this.

My recco – Go here for dinner, when the sea-breeze from marine drive hits you in the face as you enter and exit. Show up hungry, and don’t expect to stick to your diet or any urgent appointments afterwards.

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Each area of this city has a mainstay eatery – a place you go with your college friends, your family, for business, for borthday treats or just for solid food. Chembur has Grand Central.

We have been visiting this place for over 15 years, and amazingly its position remains unchanged atop Chembur’s popular eateries. The food has a range from Punjabi to Chinese and even some seafood. Having tasted it all (except the poor dead fish, of course), I would be very comfortable putting this restaurant under “purely punjabi” and nothing else.

Start your meal with one (or more) masala papads and possibly an aaloo chaat. The punjabi main course has many good options including malai kofta, dum alu, paneer tikka and biryani. The pick of the bunch is probably the Navratan Korma. Roomali roti used to be excellent there but this last time it really seemed to be lacking mositure and was altogether too dry. I would stick to the Lasooni Naan or tandoori roti.

The ambience is of a decent “family” restaurant and that is exactly what it is. Service is pretty average – don’t expect too much and you will be quite satified.

My recco – Stick to the punjabi main course and always start with possibly the best masala papad anywhere.

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The fact that paneer can be used to make any kind of cuisine is exploited to the maximum by Ivy. This nice, comfortable joint in the building adjoining the Shoppers Stop in Ghatkopar seems like they know what Indians like to eat and cater unabashedly to it.

The menu is seemingly endless and had us confused on what to order for a while. So we had a bit of everything. The paneer tikka was not surprisingly decent enough. Not spectacular, but not too shabby.

We also tried their chinese appetizer and found the babycorn salt & pepper a very good sample of Indian chinese fare.

The main course had several options with paneer in it again. The juxtaposition of Punjabi and Indian chinese food in the menu may show what people want, but seemed to confuse everyone as they were not clearly marked as separate styles of cuisine.

The main course veggies were steady, though unspectacular punjabi fare. Lots of veggie options, but they tasted not to dissimilar to each other.

The energy is comfortable and groups of families gathered around tables seemed to indicate that all were happy with the food in front of them. That is always a good sign for any restaurant. That alone buys them one bone.

But in a menu dominated by punjabi food, we recommend you try the babycorn salt & pepper – and that really sums it up. This restaurant is nice and comfortable. The food is pretty plain vanilla and not something we will go out of our way to recommend.

My recco – If you visit Ivy, go with friends or family and just enjoy the comfortable ambience. This does make the food taste better.

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Craving for an “all you can eat” thaali with excellent Gujju fare? Rajdhani – is a great place for you.

With over 10 outlets in Bombay alone and plenty more in India, Rajdhani is the home to the authentic gujju thaali.

Expect huge wait times as large groups of friends and family hover around the doorman waiting their turn at the goodness inside. A tip – show up the early and beat the crowds to it.

Once inside, your gang will be seated in a large dining room and immediately the waiters attack! They hit you with the masala chaas (buttermilk) before you have even warmed the cushions of your chair. The head waiter verifies if there are any folks with Jain diet requirements, and then instructs the waiters. From then on, there is a steady flow of food.

When we went, they started with the most flavouful khaman. We also got patra (a rare Gujju delicacy) and aaloo tikkis. Green chilly chutney and a tamarind (imli) sauce work as great accompaniments.

This is followed up by Gujju Kadi, a spicy dal and several different veggies. All taste awesome. The best part is that it is served with a fluffy light fulka. Actually as many fulkas as you can consume. I lost count at ten.

That isnt the only roti – on our day we got a Bajra roti. This was all followed up by a fantastic dal khichdi.

We finished up with sheera and a burfi for dessert. Totally & utterly stuffed!

The service is excellent. They gently try and persuade you to have a bit more ghee or try the special veggie. They seem to remember which dish you enjoyed most and serve a second heap just as you finish. That is a skill worthy of one ful bone.

The pricing is very moderate and the juicy paan awaiting you at the cashier is a great way to end the meal. 

The best part – this is an all veggie joint!

My recco – Show up for lunch, come with a nice-sized group (5-7 people) and bring your appetite. Plan a nice walk afterwards – you will need it.

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