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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.
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.