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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.
With SodaBottleOpenerWala, the owners tried to revive the dying legacy of the wonderfully chaotic, bustling, quirky, and eccentric world of an Irani café.Irani Café culture came to India with the Persians back in the 1950s and today Bombay hosts the most number of Irani cafes. Gradually the tradition of such cafes died down due to the foray of fast food concepts that flooded the country.Soda Bottle Opener wala brings this tradition to delhi as well with three outlets in Khan markets, Cyberhub Gurgaon amd DLF Mall of India.Let me take you through my experience of the place .AMBIENCEThe place is set with the concept in mind and the key is to create an atmosphere that gives you an experience of dining in a typical parsi household. The 80’s music , confectionery at the entrance, sombre lighting , blackboards , ‘dikkra’ pictures, a small bar , everything is to the point.STAFFThe staff was polite and the service was quick . There are some special people among the staff as well with whom you can communicate through the sign cards on the table.FOODIrani cafes were famous for their inexpensive food but this is where this place lacks.. its quite expensive, so visit the place only when your budget is sorted.We ordered a variety of dishes likeBACON VADA PAV - The concept of bacon vada pav aims at combining the two delicacies bacon and fried street food. What I expected was a potato vada that comes stuffed with bacon, wrapped in bacon and grilled in bacon butter , the traditional features of a bacon vada pav, but was left disappointed.The vada pav, had it been a masala vada would have been delicious , the potato filling was tasty and gave that authentic flavor but the fact that it was a bacon vada pav , I wanted more of that bacon flavor. To be true , it was hardly there so my suggestion would be to omit the bacon and try their normal vada pav instead. TARELLI MACCHI -It is baked rawas marinated with parsi spices . Usually Tarelli macchi is fried but here they bake it but it doesn’t hamper the taste at all . It was absolutely delicious, the fish was cooked perfectly and is definitely a must try.CHICKEN CHILLI CHEESE PAV -It is toasted wheat pav with a twist of cheese topped with the traditional persian dry fruit pickle( lagan nu achar ) . This one was a cheesy little snack that would serve as a nice side dish to your drinks affair.CHICKEN BAIDA ROTI - Baida roti is one of Mumbai’s delicious street side snack. It is a favourite at Mumbai’s Bade Miyan in Colaba. Baida roti is a paratha stuffed with spiced chicken or mutton keema and eggs. Here it is served with only the chicken stuffing. This was my first time trying baida roti and I completely relished this delicious combination of keema and eggs rolled in a crispy roti . It was flavourful and spicy.TOMATO CHEESE MACARONI-Mac and cheese is an all time favourite , so we decided to give this a try as well. It is a good option for vegetarians and was good nothing amazing though.BAMBAIYYA CHICKEN BIRYANI - Biryani here was not as delectable as one would want it to be . The chicken was tender the rice were well cooked but still it lacked that aroma and flavour. If you are a north Indian Biryani lover , this bombay style biryani would not excite you much.IRANI FALOODA Falooda is an ancient, much-beloved treat that originated in what is now the modern country of Iran, hence the name. It was one refreshing cold dessert beverage, had ice cream, saffron syrup , rose water , basil seeds , strawberry flavor and falooda noodles. It was super tasty , fresh and rejuvenating.RASPBERRY SODA -It is an iconic parsi drink made with frozen raspberries and some syrup. The flavour of berries in the drink make its texture soft, squishy and unique. Try this only if you have liking for sweetened drinks as it was a bit too sweet for me.LAGAN NU CUSTER -It is a parsi wedding custard made from eggs and milk flavoured with cardamom nutmeg and chirongi. Now here’s the thing the chef made no mistake with this , it was spectacular and authentic like how an egg custard is supposed to be but we didn’t like it at all. Blame it on our palette but we didn’t find the flavors appealing. MIXED BERRY TRIFLE -It is a dessert with layers of cake , jelly, custard and five berries served in a cutting glass. Again this one was also just fine for me , nothing amazing. Overall for me the food was a bit disappointing as it was good no doubt but it didn’t take me through the ‘majja ni life experience’ that I expected for the price of the dishes.
When we last visited, we'd to almost yell at the staff to get some service. But it wasn't the case this time. Our server was attentive, courteous & helpful. We love the place because we like Mumbai/ Parsi/ pav- based food.We drank Sugarcane Juice & Kingfisher Beer; the juice was incredibly sweet. Not recommended unless you can handle over sweetened things. For food, we'd Sausage Per Eeda Pork with Pav & Vada Pav. Both were good.I love their quirkiness, & visit them often.
This owner of this restaurant is f Iranian So you will find deferent flavour in most of the mealsIt's clean restaurant But I don't think I will go agin
This is one of the places where one can visit for a change. although some of the dishes like keema pav and mutto dhinsuk are different but not worth the price. there are better options if you want to shell out money for off the page dishes.
This place offers parsi food preparations... Food is unique and new to palate and is a must try for every one.... Prices are a bit higher but a must visit place....
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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.