Yay! So now Hyderabad has its very own SodaBottleOpenerWala! A nostalgic throwback to the Bombay Irani Cafes of yore, this concept café has it all down pat – right from the quirky décor with antiquated memorabilia, to that aluminium old world tableware, a code of conduct literally spelt out in black and white, and cafe cacophony that can actually sound like sweet music to the ears!
My love-at-first-bite favourites from the menu were the Chicken Farcha, Prawn Kolmi Fry and Spicy Mushroom on Khari for starters, the Bhendi Bazaar Sheekh Parathas (juicy sheekhs and crispy fried paratha that originated in the gulli behind Mumbai’s Bartan Market), Berry Pulao and Prawn Patio (a sweet, sour and tangy prawn preparation) as the main course and Irani Falooda for dessert.
Luuuuurved the Sekanje Bin, a Parsian-inspired drink made of dried plums, mint and jaggery, the perfect summer quencher in this stifling heat.
Since this was my first experience of a so-called Bombay Irani café, must admit I absolutely loved the joi de virve of the place, the all day menu, and its fantastic location at Jubilee Hills. Definitely going back again. And again. And again.