I have lived in Vancouver my whole life. I eat out a lot. I love Indian food. AND I worked kitty-corner from this restaurant for one entire year. Why haven't I heard of this place?
I recently attended a Yelp event here and think I found the answer after speaking with one of the managers: this is the hotel restaurant for Le Soleil on Hornby Street, and the vast majority of the people who dine here are staying at the hotel. Up until 2013, the restaurant had not made a huge effort to market themselves to the local clientele, despite being in business for thirteen years. I tend to avoid hotel restaurants because I (perhaps paranoiacally) feel that they can lower their standards due to the fact that they have captive patrons. Also, they tend to be stuffy. I am pleased to report that this is not the case with Copper Chimney, which offers thirty-foot ceilings, open seating, a long bar, and spicy fare! Also, the menu has not fallen prey to the traps of typical Vancouver Indian cuisine. Copper Chimney is very proud of its tandoori oven, and they incorporate tandoori-roasted items - such as eggplant, prawns, and salmon - into accessible dishes such as crab cakes and flatbread. There ain't no aloo gobi here!
Not only was I impressed with this restaurant's staff, ambiance, and food, Copper Chimney also threw one of the best Yelp events I have ever been to, and I have been to many over my five years as an Elite reviewer. There were drinks at the door, endless samples of the tandoori prawns and steak flatbread, and generous pours. The prices are on the high side when considering the plethora of great eating options downtown, but I will recommend the Copper Chimney in the future due to the great service and wonderful items I sampled.