HYDERABAD’s favourite Irani Café, Soda BottleOpenerWala known for serving delectable Parsi fare has come up with a wedding special thali. Lagan Nu Bhonu, the latest food festival at this Hyderabad outlet offers rich flavours and celebrates Parsi food in its true style. The sheer variety on offer will make a visit to the restaurant worth your while.
In this festival, you are served thalis (vegetarian or non-vegetarian depending on your preference) but in Parsi style. First up on the table was Pallonji Soda in a raspberry flavour. The beverage is refreshing; the citrus relief of the fresh lime soda and the tinge of raspberry, compliments your meal perfectly. For starters, you can relish the Macchi No Cutlet, a coriander spiced cutlet of minced Rawa fish with garlic. It is tender and well-cooked, and the perfect way to start your meal. The flavour of the starter is enhanced by the various condiments on offer, especially the coconut chutney, which is truly lip-smacking. A Parsi meal is incomplete without an egg dish – the Chutney Eeda Na Pattice or stuffed egg in a potato mixture with coconut based chutney was flavoursome. From the entrées, the Chicken Pulao stands out. Cooked in typically Parsi style, the pulao is rich in texture and has a sweet flavour to it. The Hyderabadis love their biryani, but this pulao offers a unique alternative and one you can truly relish. Then there’s Gos No Sas, which is another constant fixture in Parsi homes. The dish is basically mutton simmered in a mild white gravy, and is served along with . The dish is heavy, rich and sumptuous. “Parsi weddings are known for the food. During weddings, the idea is to sit together and eat lots of food of different kinds on one plate. So, we decided to bring this wedding menu through this food festival,” says Mohit Balachandran, Brand Head
and Cuisine Director, SodaBottleOpenerWala.
Each dish is packed with flavour and is wholesome at the same time. For desserts, try out the Strawberry Custer, which is their own take on the famous Parsi dish Lagan nu Custer. For those not familiar with Parsi terms, eating the dish feels like digging into a strawberry mousse. Little shards of strawberry are added to the mousse, further enhancing the flavour of the dish. Just as you begin to think that you are done, the final course of the meal arrive, and is even better. The plum cake dipped in brandy sauce is certainly a dish to look out for. When you bite into it, there is a delightful burst of flavours and aroma as you taste plum, chocolate and brandy, all at the same time.
The festival is on till February 25. Details: 68888681 Price for two: Rs 1,300 ++
Pics: Sayantan Ghosh