Be a good Dhikra and eat your next Parsi meal at SodaBottleOpenerWala. Enter into this typically Parsi cafe and enjoy a hearty meal. SBOW definitely is the epitome of Parsi food for me as this is the first place which introduced to me to what this cuisine is all about.
The cuisine and atmosphere work hand in hand to bring you the eclectic, quirky, colourful, chaotic and nostalgic charm associated with the Parsi culture and cuisine.
The interiors are colourfully done up and reflect the look of Bombay Irani cafes. There are a lot of trinkets around that add to the kitsch feel of the place from unique Parsi quotes on boards, old telephone or typically checkered table cloths. Read the dos and don’ts listed as you climb up the stairs and glance through bawa rules before you sit down for a meal. 😛
The place is spread over two floors with a bar and seating on the first or, walk up another flight of stairs for a smaller seating area or choose to dine at the verandah. I love the use of checkered cloth on the tables with interesting Parsi quotes placed under the glass top. The service is prompt and the presentation is simple as you are promised hearty meals in little steel containers.
I was glad I got the opportunity to meet their chef Anahita Dhondy who is renowned as the Youngest female Chef in Delhi. I knew then, that I was in for a great meal.
Get set gobble
Or taste buds did the Bawa dance as we got our eyes set on quite a few items on the menu and feasted on dishes enthusiastically. Here’s the long and short of their popular preparations that what we recommend you try.
~ Drinks – Two things that wowed me were the chocolate shake and the cold coffee. Both generous in their use of ice cream made for thick and delicious delights! Also tried the raspberry soda but the taste wasn’t for me (my friend however loved it) and Irani falooda. They do have Pheteli coffee and Irani special chai of you are in a light mood.
~ Chai time snacks – Pair your tea or coffee with these crunchy dishes and you are in for a treat. Try their bowlful of Thick cheesy masala fries served with mayo or Chilli cheese pav. (Beware: images can cause serious cravings)
Simple dishes promising nostalgic flavours. Also try their Kanda bhaji which are crispy onion pakodas or Aloo aunty’s vegetable cutlets.
~ Bun maska – What gives the pav it’s unique flavour (apart from the nostalgia!) is the fact that the buns are freshly prepared in-house. The overly generous layer of butter is another thing all together.You would probably freak out if you knew the love with which butter is spread into them but I suggest you indulge blindly as they taste just that good 😛 MUST ORDER
~ Bombay rasta sandwich – Be prepared to sample some street food along with your cup of tea as this sandwich with sliced veggies, chutney, geenrous helping of bhujiya and chips on the side is sure to bring in childhood nostalgic flavours for most.
~ Eggs Kejriwal – One dish you cannot escape is this one! And no, this is not named after our PM Mr. Arvind Kejriwal but actually after Mr. Devi Prasad Kejriwal. Sunny side up eggs placed beautiful on a toast with mushrooms, you are bound to be wowed by the flavour this simple dish packs. MUST ORDER
~ Chicken berry pulao – No meal here is complete without an order of their Berry pulao. Be prepared to taste the goodness of spicy chicken topped with a portion of fragrant rice and sprinkled generously with tasty berries, nuts and fried onions. Mix it all together and you are onto a winner. MUST ORDER. Oh by the way, you can also try their vegetarian or mutton version and be equally amazed.
~ Bharuchi Paneer Akuri with toasted Maska pav – Who knew something so simple could taste so good?! This Parsi style scrambled cottage cheese (or paneer bhurji) had a great blend of spices and what I loved the most was the addition of cashews (I am a sucker for dry fruits in savory dishes!). The flavours certainly packed a punch and if that wasn’t enough, it came with a side of heavily buttered and toasted pavs.
~ Mutton Dhansak – Served in a metal tiffin, bowls contain their popular mutton curry made with lentils along with portions of caramelized rice with kachumber.
~ Prawn patio with Toasted maska pav – Mix of sweet, sour and tangy flavour, this delicious prawn curry goes well with their in-house baked pavs.
~ Bohri keema pav – Any keema lovers in the house?! Don’t raise your hands..rather use them to dip your buns into this mildly spicy but flavourful keema mutton served with pav. Yes, you can thank me later 😀 MUST TRY
~ Chicken baida roti – I have had the pleasure of eating this once at a restaurant on Sohna road and was extremely impressed with it (Junoon Restro Bar, Sohna Road). This dish here does not fail to impress. Loaded with lots of chopped meat and full of flavour contrasted by the crispy outer layer is definitely something you should try. They have other options for fillings available so go ahead and pick what you like.
~ Vada pav – My friend called for the vegetarian version with an aloo cutlet whereas I chose their chicken cutlet. Both had impressive flavours and their pavs without doubt were soft to bite into.
~ Mawa cake – This was such an amazing little dessert. The cake is soft and spongy and is served warm on your table. I kid you not, even though we had eaten a fair bit of food, it disappeared within minutes. MUST ORDER
~ Apple pie with custard – Their apple pie is served along with a custard which perfectly complements the otherwise dry filling. That custard though, is to die for!
~ Lagan nu custard – If you like creme brulee, try their version where you crack into the caramel too to dip your spoon into a scented custard. the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg stand out in this Parsi wedding treat. MUST TRY
No fuss preparations. Meaty delights. Feel of Bombay cafes in the midst of a Delhi market. Learn your Bawa resolutions for 2016.
P.S. Make sure to catch the Dhansak video playing around on the screens.