Soda Bottle Opener Wala :Finally!! The day dawned when I asked for a table at Soda Bottle Openerwala’s Khan Market outlet and was ushered in without being asked to wait!!! I took it as a good omen as on many previous occasions I had given it a pass as the waiting period for a table was too long. You see, once I’m hungry it’s just not possible for me to wait for 30-60 minutes for a table. I’ve learnt that I get cranky and irritable and become horrible company. Most of my friends have learnt that too the hard way (much like the Snickers’ heroine wala commercial ;)
The stars smiled on us throughout the meal :P as surprisingly the place was only half full n relatively quiet ,leaving me and my friend with enough peace to enjoy the old world Parsi charm it exudes .
The ambience took me on a nostalgic trip to the Irani Cafes of Mumbai I visited as a kid, bringing alive long embedded memories.
The old framed photos,the chalk written boards, the aluminium tableware- all hark back to an era more genteel. Every step on the flight of stairs had a quirky note written on it with colored chalk, bringing a smile to our faces.I just loved being here.
We ordered a Kanda Bhajji to start with -Kanda is onion and Bhajji is essentially a pakora in Mumbai speak .What we had here was very unlike a normal pakora – it was a very thinly sliced, almost thread like onion fritters served with a green chutney. Crispy and crunchy, these were a sure winner.
To wash it down we had a Raspberry Soda -sooodelicious !! The texture and consistency of the crushed fruit in it refreshed all our jaded senses.
Not to be missed. The Shikanje Bin, another mocktail we chose based on our server’s recommendation was exceptional too, with delicious bits (lots of it actually) of dried plums and mint. Would have greedily spooned out the plum remains from the bottle but a hard glare from my friend dissuaded me :).
Bohra Keema Pav:
The Bohra Keema Pav was mutton mince cooked in the legendary style of the Bohra Muslim community, known to cook aromatic food with clever use of spices. The Keema was spiced delicately, with no trace of overpowering masalas. I only wish the Pavs were softer and had been warmed a bit.
Veg Berry Pulao :
The Veg Berry Pulao was a revelation of how judicious juxtaposition of contrasting flavours can truly elevate a dish.And yet,every ingredient stays true to its inherent flavor….be it fragrant rice, cashews, blueberries, veggies in a soothingly spiced mild gravy- every flavor was able to hold its own.
The Toblerone Mousse was so gorgeously decadent in taste that we went yummmm… after every spoonful. Lightness in texture (it was too dense) and a little less sugar would have made it outstanding.
The Service was faultless throughout the meal and always with a smile. The staff is knowledgeable about the cuisine served and willingly guide you through the menu to point out dishes that would be suitable for your palate.
Its a 4.2/5 on the MOVILICIOUS METRE.
Cost of Meal for Two :
Rs 1200 approx
I’m already looking forward to sampling more Parsi delights on my next visit. Recommended?Most definitely.