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    Devour an authentic wedding feast as this Parsi café turns three

    Rajesh Khanna’s hit song, Gulabi aankhen jo teri dekhi, was blaring from the speakers as we made an entry. Parsi weddings demand certain decorum. Playing retro Bollywood songs is one of the essentials, we assume. This song and others that follow, create the perfect ambiance for our Lagan na Bhonu (Parsi wedding feast) at SodaBottle-OpenerWala.

    The Bombay Irani cafe completed three years in January. Though the Bengaluru outlet is just about a year-Qand-a-half old, the dikras (boys) and dikris (girls) at this branch just needed an excuse to party.

    We tried the non-vegetarian bhonu (meal). The soda arrived first. We investigated a bit and found out that this is the original Pallonji raspberry soda from the plant in Mankhurd, a Mumbai suburb. It’s worth a try.

    The bhonu thali was served within minutes. We started with the Chutney eeda na pattice — gooey inside with a mashed-creamy potato filling and crunchy outside. Next, the Macchi no cutlet — a spicy, meaty preparation.

    With such a delectable start, we quickly moved to the gos no sas. Succulent mutton pieces cooked in a roux (white sauce), this gravy seemed like the best accompaniment to the rotis. The chicken pulao is in fact the berry pulao, sans the berries.

    For dessert, we were served the Strawberry custer, which boasts an unadulterated strawberry flavour. As we wrapped up, we were left sated, while Kishore da’s hit Chala jaata hoon kisi ki dhoon mein played in the background.

    Rs 550++ per person. At Lavelle Road. Details: 7022255299
    — Ayesha Tabassum

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