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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.
This brand is an symbol of class and heritage where they have carefully re created the simple yet magical life of Parsi community. This brand have several outlets though the one in Khan market is special as it is one of the most popular and famous among high end locals and international travelers. Media personalities and national celebrities. The decor of this cozy hideout is authentic yet comfortable. The food menu is really an amalgamation of Parsi dishes enough to savor your cravings for an healthy yet fresh and innovative cuisine. When I am hungry I enjoy large meals and here are the food items I tried on : Chicken Farcha, Tarelli Machi which was baked and marinated in Parsi spices.The highlight was the Parsi staple food. "Dhansak" an combination of mutton, chicken, vegetables and lentils, served with caramalized brown rice along with kachumber salad. For sweet serving go for wedding special "Laganu Custard" an combination and carefull preparation of egg, milk and sugar. Flavored with cardamon, nutmeg and chironji seeds. Be it feel of the place or dinning experience it enhances when serving staff is observant of their visiting clients along with ability to recommend and serve with panache ! This brand is to stay and they are surely tough competition to any food chain.
This restaurant offering Parsee food in Khan Market was a specific choice for lunch, firstly because I was curious about Parsee cuisine and I have nostalgic reasons to visit this back alley which offers such a variety of dining options. People familiar with Khan Market would know that what was once perhaps living quarters above the shops on ground floor have mostly been converted to dining and other establishments. A staircase leading to this outlet landed in the bar area with a passage leading to dining area. The decor is designed to recreate the ambiance of the times when Khan Market was built or perhaps earlier times. The retro ambiance kind of brought about the comfort of visiting grandfather’s home. The staff allowed us to occupy the table of our choice, unlike many establishments, especially in Kolkata, where the waiters insist on allotting your table. I was delighted that this place served beer of my choice by the pitcher. With the assistance of the attending staff, we selected our fare for a quick lunch. Dhansak with chicken consisted of caramelized rice dressed with onion barista. The person assisting in selection mildly cautioned us that the rice would have a sweet undertone; he did not know that people from West Bengal are accustomed to tempering salt with sugar in almost all preparations. A Bengali cook is very likely to offer a spoonful of gravy while cooking, to check whether “noon-mishti” was balanced. The Bengali Pulao is definitely sweet. The chicken was a gravy preparation, which was familiar to my Bengali palette, minus the ubiquitous aloo in the jhol! For our vegetarian friend, it was Kanda Bhajiya and Bun Maska. This was a rendition of the Pau-Bhaji. The restaurant has a signature service mode. Dhansak-Chicken came in tiffin boxes. The portions were humongous, as is characteristic in Delhi and unlike Mumbai where the portions served are often miniscule. Service was prompt. Staff and management were friendly. Overall: a 4.5 star rating. Scope for improvement: In line with the retro decor, the interior decorator could have used retro style electrical wiring, switchboards etc. Finally, I look forward to returning to try out other Parsee delicacies.
Located in the middle of most happening Khan Market, the Soda Bottle Opener Wala is one of famous restaurant serving Parsi Meals. Not very expensive, but serves you excellent food topped with good services. Caution - A prior booking is must.
The restaurant serves Parsi cuisine but also some staple of Mumbai fame like the Bohri keema pav which is minced meat served with buns. I loved their berry pulav which is a traditional Parsi dish. The Parsi had come to India many hundred years ago and some of the dishes have taken on some Indian elements. The mutton salboti is delicious served with juliennes of fried potatoes. The restaurant has a bakery and the Shrewsbury biscuits are to die for. The interiors are beautifully done up if a little cramped but wonderful service and great food more than make up for it.
Fantastic place and amazing food. I really did not expect such a great food experience. Chilly place with nice staff and people. But the most important: the food was exceptionally good = persi-food. I definitely recommend this place. Good quality and moderate prices. A must have in India.
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 â€˜Soda bottle openerwalaâ€™. The cuisine is fun, spicy, old-fashioned and very very yummy. The dÃ©cor is like a time capsule transporting you to Mumbaiâ€™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 cafÃ©. 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 itâ€™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 wrestlerâ€™s omelette are made out of â€“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 cafÃ© is original in itself and adds a unique twist to cyber hub stopover.