Being one of the most popular chain in the country, this Parsi and Irani themed Cafe is inspired by the gray haired, ageing Irani cafes of Mumbai and made its place in the top lists across the country by adding a spunk to the otherwise traditional fare. Keeping up with the tradition, SodaBottleOpenerWala is celebrating Navroz with special Veg and Non Veg Thalis consisting of homely Parsi and Irani delicacies which, yet different, are very much in tune with the palate of people all across the country.
The Navroz festival dates back to over 3000 years when Zoroastrians, the natives of Persia celebrated it as New Year. It was King Jamshed, who was crowned on this mythical day and was instrumental in devising the Persian scientific calendar. He also decided that the day on which the sun leaves the constellation of Pisces and enters Aries will be celebrated as Navroz. So an exact date was taken out to be celebrated as Navroz, and now as per the lunar calendar, this festival is celebrated on 18th August every year. Traditionally the celebrations are done by preparing 7 food delicacies all beginning with ‘sh’ and ‘sa’ that symbolize the creation of earth in 7 days. As Parsis and Iranis both arrived in our country from Persia during different time spans, both share a similar yet different culture. However both celebrate Navroz with equal love and devotion.
The dishes being served in the special Navroz Veg and Non Veg Bhonu served at SodaBotteOpenerWala are traditional to the core and very homely. The tiny population of Parsis and Iranis that live in Delhi are surely going to like the offerings. I tried a few dishes from both veg and non veg thalis.
Beetroot Cutlet had nice flavours and so did the Masala Ni Dal. The secret to a good Parsi style dal lies in the way it is tempered. I could sense the generous use of ghee to give the smokey aromatic flavours. Mutton Pulav and Jardaloo Chicken stood out for me. The pulav was very similar to the famous berry pulav that this place serves. While the meat was tender, each grain of rice carried bold flavours. Coming to chicken, anyone who has tried to combine chicken with apricots knows that its not an easy combination, but here at SodaBottleOpenerWala they have nailed it. Even though the dish looked like a simple chicken curry, it tasted different.
In desserts Sev was good but Raspberry and White Chocolate Panacotta was a big disappointment. A panacotta is meant to be wobbly and jiggly like a jelly but should not lose its texture. But here it had more of a liquidy custard like consistency.
If you want to have a slice of Parsi and Irani culture, do go and try the Navroz Thali as it is being served only for a limited period. They even have some good refreshing drinks to go along with it.
FACT SHEET: SODABOTTLEOPENERWALA
Price: Veg Bhonu: 600++ and Non veg Bhonu: 700++
Timings: 11am to 12.30am
Credit cards: Accepted
Gurgaon: CyberHub, Shop no. 3, Near Building no. 8, DLF Cyber City, Phase
II, Gurgaon, Haryana: 122002
Phone nos: 0124-6518801, 8527636633
New Delhi: 73, Khan Market, New Delhi
Phone nos: 01143504778, 011453504878 and 9810877701
Noida: F – 454 & 455, 3rd Floor, DLF Mall of India, Sector – 18, Noida – 201301
Phone nos: 01202595107