The Big Bawa Breakfast at SBOW

SodaBottleOpenerWala isn’t kidding about their #BigBawaBreakfast. It’s available every day of the week, from 8.30 am for the breakfast first thing set, until noon, for those like me who can’t eat first thing in the morning. Now, Parsi cuisine is known for its egg preps (Akuri, anyone?), so a Bawa style breakfast menu is a match made in heaven. Eggs are also a personal favorite food, probably the first thing I began making for myself. Whenever dinner wasn’t to my liking, I would go into the kitchen and make myself eggs, as a teen. Even today, eggs are my go-to option for a quick and simple meal. I have also been known to make a meal of pancakes or waffles!

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Ghotala Pav

SBOW’s breakfast offerings cover Bombay Pao pairings, sandwiches, pancakes, breakfast trays for those who want variety on their plate, a selection of Poros – Parsi flat omelettes with fillings like Goan Chorizo, ham and bacon, and smoked cheese, and some brilliant cold brew coffee (Star Anise & Mandarin, Hazelnut, Lime & Cinnamon), alongside fresh smoothies, iced teas, and old favorites like their Irani and Masala Chai. You can also have eggs to order. Pancake fans have four choices including the exotic Espresso & Whisky Cream or Coconut & Organic Jaggery.

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Espresso & Whisky Cream Pancakes

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Navsari Style French Toast

I’ve been to SBOW for the express purpose of breakfast a total of three times already, and can safely say that these breakfasts are the best meals I’ve eaten there. And that it’s available 7 days a week is a big plus! The Poro section is delightful – I loved the Smoky Poro as well as the Meaty Poro with bacon, ham and cheddar, and the Angry Poro is stuffed with red chutney, for those who like a fiery start to the day! Akuri, Paneer and Classic are always  a good bet too. But the one dish you absolutely must order is the Navsari Style French Toast, which is french toast with special toppings – for maximum satisfaction, I suggest you first slather on the cream, followed by a thick coating of Lagan Nu Achar aka wedding pickle, and then take a big bite. Another brilliant dish is the Ghotala Pav, where mutton kheema and eggs combine for a treat! Just writing this has made me want to head back for brekkie again and soon!

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Angry Poro for a fiery start!

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Check out all that ham and bacon on the Meaty Poro

Details: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Lavelle Road; Breakfast is available Monday-Sunday; 8.30am to 12 noon; Meal for two will cost INR 1000 plus taxes.

A wedding feast fest at SodabottleOpenerWala

SodaBottleOpenerWala, hereafter to be called SBOW in this post, just completed three years as an entity, and two years in its Bangalore home on Lavelle Road. I always love hanging out there, with the quirky decor, diner style checkered table cloths, and Bollywood music playing, and of course, the toy train making its way sedately on its track overhead. Lagan nu Bhonu, Parsi Wedding Feast, a thali meal featuring the specialties and delicacies one would find at a Parsi wedding, are how they’ve chosen to commemorate the occasion. I managed to catch the festival at the tail end (the special Thalis are available until Saturday, February 25th, at both lunch and dinner) and my dining companion and I quite loved the non-veg Thali.

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Presented on a beautiful metal work thali, with two copper-colored katoris holding gravies, and the other items presented on the leaf atop the thali, this was a deceptively simple looking meal. I thought it would be easy to polish off, but rather ran out of steam around three-fourths of the way in. My friend on the other hand, did an excellent job of presenting a clean leaf! Our meal began with the Pallonji Raspberry Soda, made in-house, with a tangy raspberry crush and soda. Just what was needed after the ride to the restaurant in the burgeoning Bangalore summer! Apparently earlier iterations of this drink tended on the sweet side, but it was our lucky day, for this version was tart and I loved it.

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And now for what we ate. The plated thali comes with two pickles, an aubergine one – Vegna nu Achar, which was more dip than pickle, and the sweeter, Chunda-like one, the Lagan nu Achar, as well as Kachumbar salad. Parsi fare has its share of fried foods, and this thali has Chutney Eeda na Pattice, which had boiled egg, potatoes and some greens, Macchi no Cutlet – double cooked Rawa fish minced and delicately spiced, and one of the favorite dishes of the meal for us, and also Saria Papad. The Masala ni Daar was quite rich and I contented myself with some bites along with the rotis, and spent the rest of the time on the delicious and my top dish of the day, Gos No Sas, a beautiful white mutton gravy dish, with egg white making for a thick gravy, and tender boneless mutton pieces. The Chicken Pulao was flavorful and a good way to close out the mains.

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The proof of the pudding: a clean plate!

Dessert was two, and in mercifully small portions. There was a Strawberry Custer served in a stainless steel bowl that was reminiscent of something you would have loved as a kid, though the two adults in question quite enjoyed it too! The Plum Cake with Brandy Sauce, by contrast, was a very grown-up dessert, both in terms of presentation (served in a shot glass) and flavor (quite a kick in that Brandy Sauce!). We lapped up both in short order, and then ended our meal with Irani Chai, a strong milk tea that I always order when at SBOW. Now, if you get the chance over the next couple of days, do head over and enjoy the feast fit for a wedding!

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Details: SodaBottleOpenerWala, Lavelle Road; Lagan nu Bhonu Thali available for lunch and dinner; INR 650 plus taxes (non-veg) and INR 550 plus taxes (veg).