Copper Kettle

Copper Kettle
1941 W Guadalupe
Mesa, Arizona 85202

Copper Kettle is an Indian – Pakistani restaurant. As far as I can tell, that means they are claiming to serve Indian food from the northern part of India. They are a buffet restaurant. I don’t usually like buffets because they sacrifice quality for quantity. When you walk in you are faced with a medium sized restaurant with a buffet in the back to the left. The various dishes are maintained at about room temperature or maybe a little higher.

I arrived for lunch and had some bland chicken tikka and some nondescript chicken tikka masala. There were other dishes that I can only identify as green, black or tan. They had various lumps in them and didn’t taste very good. I tried the several items from the Buffet and found they were mediocre to bad. The naan was the only high point of the meal. Served fresh and hot the naan was delicious. For desert they had northern rice pudding which is a finer grain than regular rice pudding. The Gulab jamun was excellent.

I really like Indian food. When I can’t identify what I’m eating, that’s just a sorry state of affairs. The few high lights weren’t enough to make up for the poor food. I give them 2 stars. That’s probably a bit generous.

Original Review: Thursday, October 15, 2009


The Cypress Grill

The Cypress Grill

1065 W Queen Creek Rd
Chandler, AZ 85248

SWC of Queen Creek and Alma School

The food wasn’t very impressive. This corner eaterie¬† was a disappointment. I love all types of Mediterranean food. Its one of my favorite cuisines, but The Cypress Grill couldn’t even match the tastes of Pita Jungle. I shared the chicken souvlaki entree. The dish came with 2 average sized kabobs of cubed chicken breast. The meat was lean, but it was marinated too long in a salty liquid with dry, store bought herbs. The rice was mostly tasteless and the tzatziki sauce came right out of a jar. Surprisingly, the salad was the most disappointing. Greek salad is so easy to make with a lemon vinaigrette. I found the dressing too sweet to tolerate and the lettuce possessed a bitter quality not normally found in this type of lettuce mix. My son had the gyro platter. He said he liked the gyro meat and the rice but didn’t touch the salad or tzatziki sauce. I won’t be returning because you don’t need to be fancy or expensive to offer good food. If I want kabob, I’ll go to Pita Souvli up the street, Pita Jungle a few miles away or hike up to Haji Baba for authentic souvlaki. The entire experience was sad considering I can walk to the Cypress Grill.

Greekish food  earning two stars

Original Review: Sunday, June 24, 2012