One restaurant that had been on my bucket list for far too long was Soda Bottle Openerwala and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to finally visit it, and see what the fuss was all about. Soda Bottle Openerwala or SBOW, as it is popularly known as, has this old world charm that actually makes you feel at home where you are surrounded by the ones you love and you bond over good food, great jokes and even wonderful music.
A friend from Bangalore was visiting and we knew we had to go somewhere where we could gorge on some good food and laugh loudly over weird jokes and have no one judge us. The restaurant in-fact encourages visitors to talk loudly and have it written over their menu and when we read it, we knew we were at the right place.
SBOW, has a Parsi set up to it and has a simple yet a classy look to it. The decor is done up well and is a combination of classy and casul. There is a homely vibe to it which you’ll absolutely love. The music is a treat here and me and my friends found ourselves singing along. From old Bollywood classics to the new ones, they play some amazing tracks.
We started with the Masala Pepsi and Sekanje Bin which we sipped on while deciding what to order. While the Masala Pepsi was delicious and tangy, the Sekanje Bin failed to impress. I found it to be sweet and thick, and had trouble having it. I would have preferred it to be less sweeter than it was.
For starters we ordered the Chicken Farcha and Kanda Bajji which were a perfect way to start the meal. Chicken Farcha , a typical Parsi style chicken was delicious and crispy. The boneless pieces were delicately spiced and tender on the inside. They were served with mint chutney which made a great combination.
Kanda Bajii was crispy and well spiced. The bajji were flaky and were easy to snack on. These were also served with a mint chutney, which went wonderfully together.
For mains, we called for the much talked Berry Pulao and Sali Chicken.
The Pulao was an absolute delight. Cooked with berries and dry fruits, it was indeed a treat. A cooked green chilli was used as a garnish which gave it that spicy touch. A simple preparation yet full of flavors which will transport you into a home of a Parsi family. The rice were cooked well and each grain stood out. Also, the portion size was good and is sufficient for two people to share.
Sali Chicken was served with pav and it was yummy. Loaded with spices, it went perfectly well with the pav. It was topped with crispy potato sali, which gave it a lovely texture. The chicken pieces were soft and the flavors of various spices had mixed well with it. This dish is a must try.
Soda Bottle Openerwala is a food heaven for all the foodies out there. Wonderful ambience, great music and lip smacking food, this restaurant is a pure treat.