How would you feel when are told that Britania in Bombay is not Irani and their berry pulao which is my favourite is not authentic berry pulao that you get in Iran? Wouldn’t you feel devastated? I was shocked when Anaida Parvaneh (remember the song Oonchi Neechi, she was 90’s heartthrob;) told us about Britannia. Anaida is Persian (born in Persia ) and her parents are also Persian and Iranian food is in her blood. Currently, the projects that she’s engaged in include a Farsi music album which includes Rumi’s poetry.
Apart from food, her passion is meditation, yoga and healing. Over a three hour of conversation on food, meditation and healing. She also shared her thoughts on how food is not only related to our moods, but it also works as the medicine. She further added that exercise alone will never help you to stay fit, but we also need to eat right and good food
Sodabottle is a quirky and fun place that serves food, inspired by the Irani and Parsi cafes in Bombay. Anaida shared that they have been working on this menu for over a year and finally decided to unveil it during Navroz (Parsi new year)
She also shared that while there are many Iranians in India but unfortunately there is no Irani restaurant apart from one in Bangalore which isn’t a great place either. She also added further that all the iranis/parsi restaurant in Mumbai are localised and even iranis will not like them. Well, this was definitely disappointing to know as I had always believed that irani café’s in Mumbai, serve authentic Irani food.
Persian cuisine is non-spicy and that means no chilli. Though they use cinnamon and pepper and saffron, but each dish has its own characteristic and distinct flavour. Like the chicken (Fesenjan) which was cooked with pomegranate juice was little sweet in taste. The mutton (Kharak-e-gosht) was the star of the day and was cooked in tomato and onion gravy over several hours on slow heat. You will simply love this dish.
Irani Haleem is nowhere close to the famous Hyderabadi Haleem – No oil and hardly has any spices but has delicious flavour of the meat.
This festival is for everyone because you might not get to taste REAL Iranian food. You should head straight to Sodabottle Opener Wala at Khan Market or at Noida.
Khan Market: 73, Khan Market, Middle Lane, New Delhi 110018
Noida: F – 454 & 455, 3rd Floor, DLF Mall of India, Sector – 18, Noida – 201301
Contact No: 01202595107
Date: 18th March to 30th April 2017
Time: 12pm to 12am
Meal for Two:
A’ la carte: 1200 ++
Thali: Vegetarian @550++ and Non Vegetarian @650++
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Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.