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All your wits are instantaneously awakened as you walk into this brand new ‘dikra’ in Noida brimming with all the Irani café memorabilia to signs propagation ‘No Outside food allowed’, ‘No Flatulence’ etc; Kudos AD & Sabina Singh! Recommendations go all out for the hearty bohri kheema pav, delicious and thankfully not so greasy and the soft pav just helps mop it off the plate with ease. Another star item is the ‘salli chicken’, rich with spice and served with a sprinkling of crunchy salli (finely-cut crisp fried potato) on top. The Indian-Irani hybrid dish, berry pulav – is a yummy mouthful of its fluffy rice tossed with chicken, onions (original one uses Zeresch berries though). Stay for the tareli macchi, it is baked out here and the Goan choriz pav. Vegetarians should try the mushroom on khari, creamy and crunchy and the ‘khattu meethu pumpkin’, leaving just the merest hint of sweetness and sour, on the tongue. The ‘egg Kejriwal’ could do with a slight more spice. ‘Lagan nu custard’ with its impeccably well-adjusted sugariness and a caress of nutmeg makes for the flawless sweet ending! All in all, this Parsi café is great fun with a distinction on affordability; young chef Anahita Dhondy is sure doing a great job.
I had first visited Soda Bottle Opener Wala shortly after it opened at DLF Mall of India. Ever since then, every time we go to the mall (which is always on a weekend, around 2 PM), we’ve thought of having lunch here—and have never succeeded, because it’s always jam-packed and there’s a long waiting list. This time, we struck gold when we visited on a Saturday—because it happened to be Karva Chauth and there were just a couple of tables occupied! This is a quirky, fun place which, with its posters, its funky wall art and its décor, conjures up one of those delightful Irani cafés that are so iconic in Bombay. The menu, in keeping, is Parsi, with favourite delicacies like dhansak, paatra ni machhi, berry pulao, salli boti, lagan nu custard and mawa cake—as also various other things, from eggs in different styles to biscuits, some very interesting desserts, and also some unusual drinks. My husband, I, and our nearly five-year old daughter were dining here. We’d decided on mushrooms on kachri to start with, followed by a prawn curry (which comes with steamed rice) and a paatra ni machhi. My husband asked our order taker if the paatra ni machhi was boneless, and was told that no, it wasn’t. He suggested we order tareli machhi instead, which was boneless. So we opted for that. Later on, we also ordered desserts—a lagan nu custard and Matunga special coffee cake. My opinion on all that we ate: Mushrooms on kachri: Four substantial rectangles of very flaky, buttery pastry, topped with sautéed mushrooms and loads of melted cheese. This was fabulous—well-seasoned but not spicy, with tons of flavour . A hit all around. Parsi style prawn curry: This came with steamed rice on the side, though the proportion between rice and curry was not right: there was too little rice and too much gravy. The gravy was a coconut-based one, which tasted deceptively mild at first but delivered a hit of chilli later. Even though we tried to water down the spiciness of the gravy for our daughter by giving her just a little gravy and mixing it with lots of rice, but she gave up after a while: she just couldn’t handle the spice. Tareli machhi: Four pieces of boneless fish, rubbed with lots of spice and fried. Served with lime, raw onion rings, and two types of chutney. This was very spicy, and I didn’t even bother to try either of the chutneys with it. I later noticed that this was listed among the bar snacks on the menu, which probably made sense—for somebody drinking alcohol, something spicy on the side might be good; for me, this was the least enjoyable of every dish we ate. Lagan nu custard: The traditional Parsi baked custard, sprinkled with chironji seeds. Not too sweet, nice and creamy, and just good wholesome comfort food. I loved this. Matunga special coffee cake: This was served in a somewhat quirky way, so over the top quirky that it fell through! It came in a little two-storied container that looked like a coffee press from the outside, but when you opened it, the cake was in the bottom half, and there were two triangles of a crisp biscuit in the upper half. Naturally, we didn’t know where the dessert was (it came all closed up, hidden inside all that steel), and were at a loss—our waiter had to open it for us. That said, this was super delicious. The cake was coffee and chocolate, doused in whisky caramel. Sublime, and very rich. Overall, not a bad meal, but I do wish the order taker had kept in mind, while suggesting tareli machhi to us, that it was too spicy to be eaten by a little child. Especially as the prawn curry was also pretty spicy. Our child ended up mostly eating only the mushrooms on kachri and the dessert. We paid a total of Rs 2,703 for our meal, including a raspberry soda and a second lagan nu custard that we ordered for a couple of relatives who joined us at the end of the meal. Expensive.
Worst restaurant ever I visit don't know how to talk with a customer. I went to this restaurant to try their unlimited buffet, but when I place an order for this buffet, they told me that they don't take orders for a single person. Before some day I have seen a good review YouTube channel visit this restaurant and there they have not mentioned this single person terms & condition then I ask them why you have not mentioned this their answer is that is a promotion video. From now I am never going to visit this restaurant again.
They were serving Navratri food and I had to try.. and it was Delicious Mouthwatering bowl. The drinks were awesome too.. Heard good reviews about Nonveg too.. although you may find it costlier as the serving size is small too..
Visit if it's one of those days when you can't decide what to eat. Small portions, good food. Loved the presentation and quick service. Recommend vada Pao, it was yum!
great place for Parsi food, we tried all courses and each dish was good. We liked the bakery items as well.
Parsi cuisine is one of India’s unsung heroes, yet to discover fame and as much popularity as other more visible cuisines. The cuisine is known for its old-fashioned homely touch and its simplicity that makes it so memorable to us. Parsi cuisine has generally escaped notice but few years ago it gained fire and became talk of the town due to a hot new restaurant that made us fall in love with Parsi cuisine all over again. Splashed across the tabloids for its quirky décor and comforting Parsi menu, ‘SodaBottleOpenerWala’ garnered accolades almost immediately. Since its opening in Khan Market, the chain of restaurants has spread across Delhi in short span of time, each outlet just as brilliant as the other. The recent addition to the list is the one in DLF Mall of India in Sector 18, Noida.
As we said before, Parsi cuisine is the heart and soul of SodaBottleOpenerWala, it’s every inch a loving tribute to this wonderful heritage. The best part is that it’s all so affordable. You can have a delectable Parsi feast for very nominal prices. We suggest you to indulge freely and lavishly. Pick raspberry soda from their Irani bar to accompany your starters. Tuck into, chilli cheese pav, chicken baida roti, tareli machi, Parsi style jumbo prawn, vada pav, bhuna chicken sandwich, chicken cutlis pav, crispy corn & bhel, eggs kejriwal, mutton keema puff and chicken farcha. Go deeper with main course featuring, paatra ni macchi, paneer sanju baba, bambaiyya chicken biryani, breach candy awesome okra, salli mutton, vegetable berry pulao, dhansak, bharuchi paneer akuri, squid & prawn patio, tarela rainbow trout, goan choriz pav, Goan mushroom curry and khattu meethu pumpkin.
Look around you and admire your surroundings before ordering desserts to make some space. Take in the delightful décor emphasising traditional Parsi heritage through brightly painted walls, covered with vintage family photographs, old advertisements and furnishings pieces. SodaBottleOpenerWala resembles a cluttered much beloved drawing room of an old Irani couple. Find joy in that old gramophone and that age old telephone tucked into that corner. Food comes in innovative display of tiffin boxes, old milk bottles, cake pan and skillets. Dig into traditional lagan nu custer, super tasty pumpkin flan, mixed berry trifle or chocolate peanut butter cheesecake before heading home with a smile on your face.