Copper Chimney, authentic Indian cuisine in Westfield – Flux Magazine

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Like many kids of the 90s, I have vivid memories of eating in malls. The brown platters that were both sticky and fuzzy. Unbranded nuggets and fries. Vinyl seats with casual patterns. If you were lucky you would find a debris-free table from another family and had been wiped off. And – if you were really lucky – you would be charged with the most important responsibility while mom went to order the food – “holding the table”.

Decade (s) and a pandemic later and I’m back. But this time around, I’m in for such an extravagant shopping experience even the ’90s never knew: Westfield, Shepherds Bush. But Copper Chimney’s award-winning Indian cuisine is far above what a mall could hope for from its foodcourt centerpiece.

Tastefully, the restaurant district has been placed on the outskirts, away from the glass and tiled floors of the mall itself. If it hadn’t been for the giant billboard loudly announcing the Walking Dead, you might imagine you’re on a boujie side street in London.
And the interior maintains the same vibe. Like most London rattan-adorned restaurants, Copper Chimney is an influencer’s dream. The manager, Shane, admits it. “It’s for Instagram,” he says, but not without legitimate pride. It’s magnificent, and it does the job: the restaurant is eminently photographable. Even the kitchen is housed in a glass-walled nook, everyone looking like a giant terrarium that you might impulse purchase during an Etsy spree.
Being a huge fan of sharing now than I was in the 90s, my partner and I start our meal with a selection of thali style starters. Chandni Chowk Chaat, an old Delhi favorite, is delicious. The smoothness of the yogurt perfectly complements the sweetness of the chutney, the pomegranate bringing a breath of freshness. We were also particularly impressed with the grilled Burrah chop, ordered on the recommendation of our server. This is delicious. Well done and tender lamb, generously smothered in a fragrant house spice blend. The fried okra is morish, although lukewarm, but avoid the samosas if you’re hoping for something with a kick.
Fish curries can be a risky business. Choosing a sauce that compliments rather than dominates the fish can often be tricky, but Rahra fish is magnificent. Fragrant and well cooked, the thick tomato and onion sauce is an ideal accompaniment. Soft and buttery naan breads are the perfect partner for dipping. However, while I enjoy the lamb biryani theater, with the top of the traditional pastry, it is a bit of a letdown. The lamb is too dry, which I am told is a common pitfall among the Biryani.
As the dieter of a spoiled ten-year-old, going to a restaurant and not having dessert is inconceivable. Fortunately, the waiter and I are on the same page, and he comes to empty our plates, ready with after-party recommendations. Gulab Jamun is gentle and hurts your teeth. It serves as both a great dessert and a stark reminder to visit my dentist. The Halwa, described as the Gajar Pistachio Crumble, offers nutty, warmth and comfort belied by its bright orange exterior. And with the main ingredient being carrot, it’s probably one of my five a day.
As I leave, I comment on how busy it is. “Usually we’re even busier,” Shane tells us. I can understand why. With lunch starting at £ 10 and main courses averaging £ 14, Cinnamon Kitchen offers a much better dining experience than you might expect in a mall. My mom would love to be here. But old habits die hard. I suggest a shopping spree – now I know the perfect place for lunch. I’ll hold the table.

Copper fireplace
South Terrace
Ariel’s Way
London
W12 7GA

Phone. : 020 8059 4439


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