CopperPoint@GRT – a let down

Yesterday was a weird day. I went to work. Came back home. Went again. Came back. Went again. And it was almost dinner time. I had lined up plans with a couple of friends. I was contemplating between Citrus at Savera and Bell Peppers, the new joint opposite Prarthana on ECR Road. But somehow we landed up at GRT Grand in T.Nagar. Still can’t figure out why. I had last been to Copper Point, the Indian Restaurant there a good 4 years ago, and I had thoroughly enjoyed the food then. So I was expecting something similar this time. And boy, it was a real let down.

We reached the hotel by 8.30pm, was directed to our table by a plesant, nice & charming lady. The table was neat and clean, with Copper Plates and looked grand. We scan thro’ the menu, pretty exhaustive one. We start off with the Murungakkai (drum stick) Soup, Masala Kuzhi Paniyaram and Zaminda ke Kebab. First, the soup was cold. Rather warm.

It tasted ok, mildly flavoured but I expect soups to be piping hot. It looked like they had prepared it for someone and that guy cancelled the order and it straight came to us. The Masala Kuzhi Paniyaram was served in no time. And this was warm too. I exactly know how long does a Masala Kuzhi Paniyaram takes to prepare and I bet this one was straight out of the microwave. And I can’t figure out why they call it the Masala Kuzhi Paniyaram as there was no Masala in it. The Zaminda ke Kebab was indeed good. I think it was made not the Sheek way but on a tawa and was soft, served with a delicious mint chutney. Fryums were complimentary, but beware before eating them. One pop and the pepper hits you straight inside and you will straight gulp a glass of water. The Main Course wasn’t great either. My Butter Nan was all Nan and no butter. The dough was not fresh, the Nan slightly hard, a function of it being over cooked. The Tandoori Roti which my friend had was a let down too. The Bagara Baingan (Brinjal) was very very average. It looked like the gravy was made seperately, and pieces of Baingan dipped in and heated for 5 minutes. As a result of which I felt like eating 2 seperate dishes. One thing I must compliment them is the service. Was really nice. But no one really cares about service and how quick the food comes. You never tell a friend go to this resturant, the food sucks, but the service is impeccable. I have known Copper Point as a fine restaurant. May be, yesterday was a bad day, but I just hope they live up to expectations.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ajay Shroff (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 5:15 pm

    Hey Vinod,
    We should give you a medal for remembering the names of those dishes :) Normally at a chinese restuarant, I tell them I want No.4,7 and 10. Forget pronouncing the names, thats why they have numbers there.

  2. Anand (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    Hi Vinod,

    I guess you can become a restaurant critic. You have been posting lot of things about restaurants lately.

    I hope you won’t mind me asking this. How expensive was this restaurant?

  3. Navneeth (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    Forgive me for being a nit-picker, but why do people keep saying “ECR Road”? It’s just ECR (or if you prefer, EC Road); East Coast Road, not East Coast Road Road!

    Having said that, I’ll come to the topic of the post. Thanks for the review, Vinod. I love குழி பணியாரம், and it should probably taste good with masala in it. And did the soup taste anything like murungakkai sambar?

  4. Navneeth (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 12:41 am

    Just an FYI…

    Btw, guys & gals, I think the clock is off by an hour. My comment was posted at 11:39 PM Oct 1, but it says 12:39 AM, Oct 2.

  5. nandhu (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 7:39 am

    the clock is almost off by an hour. we have not been able to do much about it. i guess as long it’s consistently ahead, its ok, na?

  6. Bishwanath Ghosh (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    Very nice review.

  7. BottleMani (unregistered) on October 6th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    The Masala Kuzhi Paniyaram usually doesn’t contain any masala. I know the name is misleading, but that is how it is supposed to be cooked. It is just a bit saltish. You must have got the right dish but just that the name is a bit weird :)

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