Indian is one cuisine I haven't ventured into for a variety of reasons. One being Atlanta has been lacking in that cuisine for some time and when visiting England for an extended period of time where Indian is wildly popular, the only thing I wanted in my mouth was glorious fish and chips.
I am open to new foods and love a variety of flavors so very much was looking forward to my Copper Cove experience. It's on N. Fulton street just off Pharr road and parking is a bit tricky depending on time of day. Rest assured it's worth sorting out because inside this unassuming place is some spectacular food.
The inside could use a bit more settling in and perhaps a woman's touch but otherwise get over it and dive into the menu! To an inexperience Indian diner such as myself the menu is deliciously overwhelming. My dining companion knows the cuisine very well and guided me a bit but the waiter was more than happy to help as well. I intended to order many things and take home the rest of what I couldn't finish. I did not want one dish to flavor my perception of the cuisine as a whole. That would be like marrying your first love and missing out on all the wonderful other loves to come.
Order Naan, don't ask why. You will thank me at the end of your meal after you've enjoyed this bread with each plate of food you order.
First up is some paneer filled samosas. They are served in a standing cone with a squeeze of lemon and two very complimenting sauces. One tamarind based and other a green hypnotic blend of herbs with a bit of heat. I have not even the words to describe the heavenly taste of what is called "shrimp puree" on the menu. Delicate pillows of dough are generously filled with an impeccable coconut milk and shrimp sauce. This is the last meal I want on earth all on one small plate. I really was tempted to cancel my entrees and get more of this. My dining companion agreed, this indeed should be their signature.
I ordered a tandoori shrimp, Jhinga tandoori. It came out sizzling on a (sorry to say this) fajita type hot plate and it was sizzling perfumed shrimp with finely julienned mixed bell peppers and sweet onions all cooked to some hypnotic perfection. Where has this food been all my life?! This is the furthest thing from Americana cuisine ever and I am happy to be on the ride.
My second entree to taste was Shahi Korma. This has zero heat and is a lovely coconut cream concotion that coats a pile of rice beautiful. It has texture from whatever protein you opt for as well as gold raisins and almond. Very satisfying.
We got a bowl of Byrani for the table, delicious seasoned rice with dried fruit and nuts.
Copper Cove doesn't have a liquor license quite yet but there is beer and wine. The staff is so warm and excited about the food and it shows. What a pleasure to spend my money at Copper Cove. Can't wait to go back! Lunch buffet on weekdays so you can try a lot and be out in time to get back to work.