Honestly speaking, we had never tried the typical Parsi food or even experienced the visuals of an authentic Irani café before, but having a number of friends praising the unique combination of classic Bombay and Irani flavours, we decided to finally give this cuisine a try— before the barrage of burger and pizza giants slowly push the quaint, yet unconventional joints into oblivion. So, when a visit to SodaBottleOpenerWala knocked on our door, we
We understand that everyone has their own expectations before visiting a place, but we decided to leave the horses of our imaginations home and enjoy the brand new flavours. We received a warm welcome by the staff, and it took us only a moment to realise why people are a big fan of the franchise. Located in the heart of Khan Market, this place perfectly matches the bustling vibe of the city known for experimenting with cuisines.
The vibrant ambience, yesteryear furniture, pale yellow and painted glasses and the usage of aluminium utensils rather than typical chinaware; every element work in tandem to recreate the lost magic. But, topping everything is their new menu created by Chef Irfan Pabaney, Country Head, SodaBottleOpenerWala. When asked about his views on the menu, he shared, “Curating this menu was a tough task as we had to get out of our comfort zone and think about how to make it interesting. Getting all the chefs involved and finally narrowing it down to what items we all loved was a little challenging.”
The excitement to experience the delectable cuisine was sky high, as their well-curated menu reflects the quintessential spirit of Bombay and Parsi food culture, along with the signature dishes of Chef Irfan.
We started out with the appetizers and opted to taste vegetarian Green Tikki and non-vegetarian Smoked Chicken Cutlet and Rusie’s Favourite Chicken Wings. All three dishes opened up a whole new world of authentic flavours of Parsi cuisine for us, and decoding why the chicken wings were Rusie’s favourite was especially fun (LOL). Other dishes like Kundapuri Prawn, Meatless Baida Roti, and Aaloo Aunty’s Vegetable Cutlet are perfect for people looking to experience new flavours per bite.
Being a huge seafood fanatic, we ordered Patra Ni Macchi With Lemon Rice, and to make the palate diverse we also went ahead for Coconutwala Daal served with steamed rice. Frankly, the Daal was nothing like we have ever savoured, it was a flavourful explosion for our tastebuds. But unfortunately, we could not say the same about the fish. The menu further included a widespread of main courses with something to match everyone’s taste. You can go for Papeta and Gobi Nu Bhaji, Dhai Ma Bheeda, or choose Chicken Ghee Roast, and rest assured, you will not regret the choices.
Well, every food reviews are incomplete without drinks, and the bar menu of this place resonates beautifully with dishes on offer. The Bombay Irani Daaru Menu is a must-try. From varieties of Birthday Wala Shots to their signature cocktails with fascinating names suchlike The Bumsuckerwala, Finding Frenny and Gin & Chunky; every drink is like a shot of mini fireworks for your taste buds.
Needless to say, our tryst with the Parsi culinary tradition will be relished for a long time, although we felt that some of the flavours were muted in their new avatar. Nevertheless, this café reaffirmed our belief that food is an experience in itself, and traditional cuisines have quite a lot stories to tell.