Monday, January 13, 2014

Sodabottleopenerwala - Parsi Food in Gurgaon

It had been so long since I went to a restaurant that offered anything different - whether by way of cuisine or decor. That changed thanks to Sodabottleopenerwala that has recently opened in Cyber Hub in Gurgaon.

If you haven't been to Cyber Hub, I'm sure everyone you meet has been telling you that you must because you're missing something because it's like the best place in Gurgaon and it so clean and nice it doesn't even feel like you're in Gurgaon. While it feels wrong to gush that much about a collection of eating joints, it's true that they've really done a good job with the place and it does make for a very nice outing. It's clean, it's well designed, and it offers a wide range of dining options. The two things that really go in favor of Cyber Hub for me though - it's outdoors and it's not a mall! A lot of restaurants are already up and running and many more are in the works. So, if you haven't been, let me join your friends and acquaintances in telling you that you must!

Back to the reason for this post though - I went to Sodabottleopenerwala with my family recently and I just loved it. For one, I've never been to a place that serves just Parsi or Irani food. It was really good to see a different menu with dishes that I wasn't familiar with. That rarely happens with Indian food for me, so I had fun asking the waiter for descriptions of dishes like "Tamota, Papeta Par Eeda" and "Kanda Bhajji" and then ordering them and waiting eagerly and then loving every bit of what turned up on my plate. Just so you know the first thing there is a a baked potato, tomato, and egg dish that's really yummy with some pav and the second thing there is a plate of the most yummy onion pakodas you've ever had. My favourite thing on the menu was "Aloo Aunty's Vegetable Cutlis" - the best vegetable cutlis ever:-)

The other nice thing about the restaurant is its decor. While it's familiar in the sense that it's a collection of odds and ends and knickknacks just like a lot of other bars and mixed cuisine restaurants, the wonder is in the details - when you look closely at the odds and ends, you realize a lot of thought and experience has gone into putting the place together. Even the table linen and the dishes the food is served in seems very typical Parsi. (Please note: I am no authority on typical or for that matter atypical Parsi decor - just guessing here :-) But just look at that little snack counter and notice the glass jar lamps. Nice, right?

All in all, I'm waiting for another opportunity to go back and I hope the cutlis chef there doesn't change any time soon:-)

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