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The quirky Mumbai-style Iranian cafe comes to Delhi with SodaBottleOpenerWala. Built with affection and an aesthetic that would please both Freddie Mercury and Monty Python, this cafe with its old-world charm is a nostalgia trip. The food is quintessential Irani Cafe with Bun Maska, Parsi Bheeda Par Eeda (Rs 165) - an egg preparation with lady fingers - and the pricier Kolmi Fry (fried prawns). The signature Parsi dish, Patra Ni Machi is a must-try. The dishes are well-priced keeping in view the modest pricing of the original Irani cafes.
SodaBottleOpenerWala, probably from Mumbai, opened a branch in Delhi NCR – Cyberhub in Gurgaon precisely, some years back. They have now started an exclusive breakfast spread here perhaps targeting the myriad office goers in Cybercity. We were recently invited to taste this breakfast spread. We did this on a Sunday morning thankfully – when we had loads of time.
In this blog post, I cover the all new Breakfast Menu at SodaBottleOpenerWala by the Olive group, your quintessential Bombay Irani café and bar in DLF Cyber Hub, Gurugram.An Irani café still reminds me of the wonderful Parsi food that once sparkled on the streets of Bombay and old-world clubs. Thanks to SodaBottleOpenerWala, food connoisseurs like me can now get a firsthand experience of an Irani café, without having to visit Mumbai!For the uninitiated, SodaBottleOpenerWala has eight outlets in all, spanning across four different Indian cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad).The brainchild of popular restaurateur AD Singh, SodaBottleOpenerWala can be best described as 'Parsi-style Freddie Mercury' meets 'Monty Python'. In many ways, the experience of eating out at SodaBottleOpenerWala remains unparalleled; take the uncanny design elements for instance. Steeped in history and legend, the colonial design of SodaBottleOpenerWala is anything but modern.On my last visit to SodaBottleOpenerWala, I ordered a few Irani specialties like Patrani Machi, Seekh Paratha, Eggs Kejriwal, Pheteli Coffee etc. from the all-new breakfast menu called the Big Bawa Breakfast. You can also enjoy a lavish spread of Ragi and Oats pancakes, Parsi flat omelets (a.k.a. Poros), fresh fruit smoothies, sandwiches, and breakfast cakes between 8.30 A.M. to 12 noon*.[* If you're someone who loves his beer early in the day, opt for the Beer and Breakfast combo, which is essentially a king size breakfast with unlimited fresh beer between 9 A.M. to 12 noon.]The kitchen is in the capable hands of Chef Anahita N. Dhondy, who is an expert at French pastries and cuisine but from the heart, she cooks Parsi food at SodaBottleOpenerWala.Here are my top recommendations at SodaBottleOpenerWala.The all-week breakfast menu includes a host of Mumbai and Irani favorites for a hearty morning spread. Start with a Bun Maska or Bun Jam for your carb fix, followed by Ragi and Oats pancakes in four different toppings such as Mixed Berries, Yoghurt Cream and Mint, Caramelised Banana and Butterscotch, Coconut and Organic Jaggery, or Espresso and Whiskey Cream.A breakfast menu is incomplete without eggs; choose from an envious line-up of Poros (a.k.a. Parsi Flat Omelettes) such as Angry, Herby, Smoky, Meaty, Poro in Goa, and 100% Vegetarian Poro (inspired by the Veg Tomato Omelette from Bombay). You could also go for a Classic Parsi Breakfast option such as Navsari-style French Toast spiced with wedding pickle, cream, raisin, and plum compote.The Classic Akuri with Thick Buttered Toast is a must have for the proverbial Parsi Dikras-Dikris. Spicy hot scrambled eggs served with Maska Pav. Then there is the Irani Wrestler's Omelette made using four eggs, served in two variants - Chicken Keema & Mushroom and Mixed Veggies and Mushroom.Pick from a sumptuous selection of Parsi sandwiches - Rasta Sandwich, Boiled Egg Sandwich, and Chicken Bhuna Sandwich ... plus specials like Masala Fries, Chili Cheese Pav, Kheema Pav, Ghotala Pav, Grilled Sausages (Chicken/Pork), and Crumbed Sausages (Chicken/Pork).Ticked off the menu are the Nitro Cold Brews like the Signature Nitro Brew, Star Anise & Mandarin Nitro Brew, Lime & Cinnamon Nitro Brew, and Hazelnut Nitro Brew. This is due to the Haryana government ban on the use of liquid nitrogen in drinks and food.Hot Coffees, like my all-time SBOW favorite Pheteli Coffee, are an absolute delight. You could even go with the comforting Cappuccino or Espresso.Tea lovers are spoiled rotten for choices; the menu offers Irani Chai, Parsi Choy (Lemongrass and Mint), Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and Masala Chai.Make sure to try the fabulous fresh juices such as the Bawi's Detox (Raspberry, Orange juice, and Parsley), Summer Masala Lemonade, and Five Berry Sober Sangria. You'll absolutely love the taste and flavors of fresh fruit smoothies like the Raspberry & Beetroot, Watermelon & Ginger, and Mixed Berry & Flaxseed.End your breakfast date on a sweet note with popular Mawa Cake (Regular/Multigrain), Chocolate Walnut Banana Cake, Lagan nu Custer, or Matunga Coffee Cake. Other breakfast cakes are also available like the Wheatgrass & Citrus, Double Chocolate Chip, Multigrain Organic Honey, Semolia, and Coconut & Raisin.For decades, the Bombay Irani Cafés have flourished by serving sumptuous morning delicacies and SodaBottleOpenerWala intends to bring alive the same culture.
Visited this place for snacks with friends in evening. Had the best cold coffee here after a long time.The service was great. Have heard great reviews about this place from meat eaters h/e it did have great options for the vegetarians. The servings were beautiful with really pretty accompaniments. Ordered the crispy corn and the vegetarian sandwiches and they were absolutely yum.The store decor was nice and inviting and music was just perfect to have a great chat over food.
Excellent service and very tasty food.Awesome cocktails.Every dish has a unique taste.Must try place when visiting cyber cafe
We stumbled into this weirdly named restaurant while at Cyberhub looking for a few quiet minutes for a meeting. Since it was time for lunch we decided to indulge and what a good decision. Decor - true to Irani restaurants with just the right amount of comfort. Quirky but coolService - again great! Prompt, casual and efficient. Food - being a mumbaiwala, I’ve grown up on Irani restaurants and know that genre of food a lot better than my dining companion and even then I was surprised and happy. Besides the familiarity and comfort this kind of food gives, it was prepared so well and so tasty. The kheema with eedu was superlative as was the berry pulao and cafe earl chicken salad. A smashing meal topped off with Irani tea! Well done! Keep it up. I will keep returning for my Irani fix to this beauty of a restaurant!
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Who can forget the quirky old-fashioned appeal of Iranian cafes, tucked into the by-lanes of Mumbai? Many movies have been made around the cafes, scenes shot on those chequered tables while a Parsi uncle sits in the background. Our earliest memories of these charming cafes are limited to endless bottles of cold drink and unlimited servings of Bun Maska. Deciding on the same popularity factor, the appeal of cute Parsi cafes are brought to the glittery markets of Delhi in the form of â€˜SodaBottleOpenerWala'. The quirky chain of restaurants has taken over the gastro-circuit by a storm with its robust unapologetic food and lovely eye-catching dÃ©cor. Even the happening Cyber Hub in Gurgaon has gained one outlet due to its increasing popularity and originality of the menu.
Interiors of SodaBottleOpenerWala
SodaBottleOpenerWala is known for is its dÃ©cor that reflects the originality of traditional Parsi cafes. Brightly painted spacious rooms resemble very much like a Parsi drawing room, filled with knick-knacks collected over the years by an eclectic Bori. Take in the vintage photographs, a chandelier made out of kettles, gramophone, shuttered windows, old-fashioned telephone and a patterned floor that runs across the room. In cool evenings sit in their open outdoor section that overlooks the hustle-bustle of busy chirpy Cyber Hub.
Eclectic menu of SodaBottleOpenerWala
The menu of SodaBottleOpenerWala accentuates the delights of Parsi and Iranian cuisine. The best way to start enjoying the menu is with their signature drinks, inspired by various traditional bars of Bombay social circuit like Maushi Chi, Mumma nu Double Dose and refreshing Raspberry Beer. Begin by nibbling on Chicken Farcha, Tareli Macchi, Classic Akuri, Carnivore's Bhel, Vada Pav, Eggs Kejriwal, Paradise Chicken Roll, Crispy Corn and Bhel, Chicken Cutlis Pav, Bacon Vada Pav and Vegetable Puff. For the main course, go for their delectable dishes like Salli Mutton, Breach Candy Awesome Okra, Goan Choriz Pav, Tomato Cheese Macroni, Parsi Vegetable Kari, Dhansak, Bambaiyya Chicken Biryani, Paneer Sanju Baba, Paatra ni Macchi, Squid & Prawn Patio, Khattu Meethu Pumpkin and Vegetable Berry Pulao. You can even try their combos which bring together a combination of lip-smacking dishes.
Round off on a strong sweet note with traditional Parsi desserts, Matunga Coffee Cake, Lagan Nu Custer, super tasty Pumpkin Flan and Mixed Berry Trifle. The menu is well priced in comparison to its other fancy neighbours.
Where will you find this in Cyber City?
Address: 3, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurugram
Nearest metro station: Micromax Moulsari Avenue (Rapid Metro)