With her beliefs in Parsi food, local ingredients and food sustainability, Anahita Dhondy, Chef Partner at SodaBottleOpenerWala, has managed to create a soulful culinary experience through SodaBottleOpenerWala and even, her social media. Well, a look through her Instagram and you’ll find quick, easy recipes for milky mushrooms, morning glory, pasta and more. Though my favourite is the chilli garlic torai after all torai has never looked more exotic.
Coming onto travel, Anahita believes that travelling exposes you to a whole new culinary culture as not only you get to experience and learn about another style of cooking, but also local ingredients, spices, plating and lot more. And she’s always happy to share her travel and culinary experiences with everyone. Therefore, in a very food-focused chat with Runway Square writer – Karishma Gulyani, she shares her tryst with the exceptionally effortless food scene of Amsterdam.
attracted you to choose Amsterdam as your holiday destination?
Anahita Dhondy: It’s a beautiful city where you can walk all around and then, some of the best cheese in the world comes from this city. And since, cycling, walking and eating were a priority, Amsterdam was a perfect fit.
would you describe your experience in Amsterdam?
Anahita Dhondy: From the small bars at the canal side to the local restaurants – I loved them all. Though my favourite were the parks around the city where people would just be lounging around.
Runway Square: Which were most extraordinary culinary experiences in Amsterdam?
Anahita Dhondy: We had the most exceptional culinary experience at Merkelbach, a local seasonal Michelin Star restaurant. But the picnic at Vondelpark with a bottle of wine and some local spelt bread and cheese was truly charming and relaxing.
At Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis , Image Courtesy: @anahitadhondy/Instagram
Runway Square: What were your favourite places for quintessential Dutch fries and pancakes?
Anahita Dhondy: For the best pancakes, Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis. Don’t miss their seasonal option which was the delicious strawberries and cream when we visited. And for fries, Mannekin Pis. I really liked it with their Samurai sauce.
Anahita’s Travel Tip: Don’t miss the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. But the best bit about Amsterdam is that you can just always stroll around and/or find a cute bar to have a local beer!
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