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The quirky Mumbai-style Iranian cafe comes to Delhi with SodaBottleOpenerWala. Built with affection and an aesthetic that would please both Freddie Mercury and Monty Python, this cafe with its old-world charm is a nostalgia trip. The food is quintessential Irani Cafe with Bun Maska, Parsi Bheeda Par Eeda (Rs 165) - an egg preparation with lady fingers - and the pricier Kolmi Fry (fried prawns). The signature Parsi dish, Patra Ni Machi is a must-try. The dishes are well-priced keeping in view the modest pricing of the original Irani cafes.
Firstly, the ambience, I'm usually not the one to care so much about the ambience (I'm all about the food :p) but the ambience here deserves a special mention. The classic music, the posters, the wallpapers, they make you feel like you've been transported back in time.
Aunty's cutlets were delicious, the crispy okra and paneer akuri, not so much. Paneer akuri is like the paneer bhurji you get in every hostel mess and the crispy okra is nothing special either.
Vada pav, their speciality, was just average. Wouldn't reccomend it unless you're a big vada pav fan.
The prices however are really affordable and the place is good value for money.
Good place, Copied to resemble parsi or irani cafe like the one in Mumbai. Food not exactly as authentic but a good attempt. Price is high and quantity less. Service quick.Meal for 2 with 1 starter, 2 main course, 2 Drinks and 2 Dessert upward 2500/- so quite high. Though would recommend all for a trial.
Soda bottle opener wala introduced me to world of parsi food and now im indebted. The mutton berry pulao, kema pav, dhansak blew my mind. I'm infact craving all this while writing about it. The deserts perhaps miss the spot somewhere. For drinks, the rasberry soda was a disaster for me. There's a board which you see when you enter the restaurant giving you a list of do's and don't in a restaurant to give you a good laugh. I highly recommend this place for the food.
If you're not really into authentic Parsi cuisine you might not enjoy this too much. I really liked the ambience here though. Very Parsi, very friendly and far from uptight. I tried their street sandwich which was not really very good. The cold coffee is really sweet so it's basically more like a milkshake. The walls are well decorated with funny quotes and pictures all over the place.
SodaBottleOpenerWala is one of the very few restaurants in Delhi NCR that serves authentic Parsi cuisine. This Times Food award winner restaurant after creating a wave in cyber hub last year opened their second outlet in Khan Market just few months back.
The ambiance and the decor of this place is what wins your heart. The rustic feel of the furniture, their quirky one liners written on a chalkboard and a playlist of Bollywood oldies just lift up your spirits.
We settled for their balcony seating and ordered our food. We ordered a Veg Dhansak, a Bhendi Bazar Sheekh Parantha and a Rasberry Soda. We couldn't order their much talked about cocktails though since it was a dry day (Dammit).
Our order took a bit too much time to came even though the place was only 50% occupied is something I found negative about the place. First came the Veg Dhansak in metal tiffin boxes which will remind you of the Mumbai Tiffin services. It was served with freshly chopped salad. It was a good dish but not something I would like to pay 415 bucks for.
Next came the Bhindi Bazar Sheekh Parantha. I am a vegetarian so I didn't taste it but my friend quite liked it. Their rasberry soda was as refreshing as last time and went perfectly well with the dishes.
The bill for all this came to be 1250 bucks which is a bit on the higher side. The servers were courteous and friendly the whole time which earns them some brownie points.Overall I liked the place not as much as their Gurgaon counterpart but if they can improve a bit on their serving time, then they are good to go. Cheers!
Iranians are wonderful and interesting people. They are quirky yet traditional just like their food. And thank the lord they have bought Gurgaon to life with ‘Soda bottle openerwala’. The cuisine is fun, spicy, old-fashioned and very very yummy. The décor is like a time capsule transporting you to Mumbai’s parsi era. The glass jars containing home baked cookies adorn the counter as if a backdrop for a parsi uncle in vest and black cap just waiting to pop out. Cyber hub in Gurgaon has added one more gem to their crown with this café. Its popularity has caught on fast amongst the youth. But you can also take along your favourite aunt or uncle who wants to relive the old world charm.
Soda bottle openerwala is pretty reasonable for two. Costing you somewhere under two thousand it’s a perfect place to drop in for a quick bite. Starters like vada pav, kanda bhajii, bun maska are filling yet light on your tummy. They are just right to squeeze in a middle of a shopping spree. Just deposit those bags on the corner of the booth and order raspberry soda or cold coffee to quench the thirst. If you are slightly bit more hungry then dishes like berry pulao, dhansak, patra ni macchi, prawn patio are superb. They will leave you wanting for more and telling yourself to try Sali mutton next time. The egg lovers will not go disappointed here. Irani wrestler’s omelette are made out of –wait for it- SIX eggs! Eggs kejriwal is another unique starter to try.
For your sweet tooth lagan nu custard which is a parsi wedding custard is a must try. Toblerone mousse, brownie and apple pie with custard fits impeccably with the menu. The desserts are flavoured with cardamom and vanilla. Your soda bottle experience need not end here. A wide variety of nan khatai and biscuits will make a wonderful addition to your cookie jar. While leaving you are offered pan flavoured toffee to refresh your mouth. The café is original in itself and adds a unique twist to cyber hub stopover.