A beautiful evening, raining perpetually with a mild cool breeze, something special was clearly attributable about this day. Not a Parsi by religion, but surely after this visit, precisely got a taste of Parsi food and that shall never be forgotten.
NAVROZE which means ‘Nav’ that is New & ‘Roze’ which is day and together and also going by the Parsi calendar it was the starting of the new year for all the Parsi people all over the India.
It became more interesting celebrating it with authentic Parsi food and authentic Parsi venue which was here at Soda Bottle Opener Wala, and finally a taste of this scrumptious cuisine made me realise what I was missing all this time.
Beautiful infra and quick staff services are something I would really love to mention first, gradually after talking to the head chef who was also a Parsi fellow and his explaining everything on the menu to us, I was amazed.
Not going into the details, there are some very pertaining factors and imperative facts that must be mentioned about the food and the venue which are:
1. All the dishes, specially main course ones have different herbs and condiments, but the secret to the elementary flavor which can only be appraised in a Parsi dish is their secret Masala called “Dhansak”, without this the dish is never complete.
2. The presentation is done is a very outlandish manner, but that’s only because to make the person feel the authenticity of Parsi culture.
3. Like many restaurants they also serve it, irrespective of the fact that this dish is famous specifically in Mumbai, Vada Pav was surely a limelight of this venue and a must try.
4. For this special day a thali was meant out of the box to amalgamate the best of parsian dishes including the entire meal at once from paneer to roti to a mixture of secret masala 3 types of collated Daal to innovated brinjal to parsian pulao and finally an outstanding dessert their faluda which was remarkable.
5. All these things to attain a sort of perfection and celebrating one of the most prominent days in their lives the Parsi people surely have a lot to share with us and in a bit innovative and jovial manner.
Relished every moment here and hope to visit again.
According to Chef Anahita, “The Patra Ni macchi is a traditional parsi dish that is cooked on the New year day, other than that there is Pulav, Dal, Maghi na Farcha and Ravo and sev.
The first is the New Year according to the Iranian calendar is on the 21st of March (one of the oldest festivals celebrated around the world, ushering Spring) and the second in the latter part of the year (usually August) where the Parsis celebrate their arrival in India and the acceptance of their new homeland.
The meal has to end with a flourish….. Ravo (sweet semolina pudding) Sev (browned sweetened vermicelli) , Falooda and ice cream, (Rose Milk with vermicelli and ice-cream), Dar ni Pori (sweetened lentils stuffed in a light pastry) and Khajoor ni ghari (sweetened dates stuffed in a light pastry).
Date: 18th to 27th Aug ’15
Navroze Platter Cost: Veg – Rs 700++ and Non-Veg – Rs 800 ++
Gurgaon: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Cyber Hub, Shop No 3, DLF Cyber City, Phase II, Next to Building no 8, Gurgaon, Haryana.
Contact No: 0124-6518801
New Delhi: 72, Khan Market, New Delhi 110073
Contact No: 011-43504778/ 43504878
Review Credit: Sagar
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