Anyone who has ever lived in Hyderabad is sure to have visited an Irani Café. For decades, the Irani Café has become an integral part of the Hyderabadi Culture so much so that the areas around these cafes became synonymous with the names of the cafes. Today Hyderabad boasts of the largest number of Irani Cafes in the world; however, they too are slowly diminishing in number.
SodaBottleOpenerWala – with its chaotic, bustling, colorful and eccentric theme is sure a tribute to the dying legacy of the Bombay Irani Café that serves Parsi and Bombay favorites. And now with the addition of a few Hyderabadi delights, the Irani Café experience at SodaBottleOpenerWala is now complete.
Was happy to have been invited for a preview of the menu where-in I was elated to see all my favorites on offer. Started off with the Varqi Lukhmi – a bite sized savory puff stuffed with minced meat that also came in a vegetarian version. Paya and Zabaan Nihari – the delicious soupy delights made with trotters and tongue with dominant flavors of garam masala were served with the iconic Munshi Naan. Munshi Naan is a 163 year old square shaped naan which is also called Char Koni naan. Legend has it that, Purani Haveli was one of the residence of The Nizam of Hyderabad and here was the origin of Munshi Naan created by late Mohammed Husain who was the accountant (Munshi) to The Nizam.
Next up was Marag – a sinfully rich mutton soup served with a heart shaped Dil Naan. This is easily the star of any Hyderabadi wedding and was also the star of the afternoon! Irani Haleem that followed next was quite different from the commercially available ones. Slow cooked with the combined goodness of wheat, barley, meat, lentils & spices and served with chopped mint leaves & fried onions – this one was not only packed with flavors but quite filing & nutritious too.
For the mains, a combination of Talahuwa Gosht, Khatti Dal and Steamed Rice was the first of the lot. Khatti Dal is tangy and a bit spicy that goes perfectly well with steaming hot rice. This, when combined with Talahuwa Gosht was kind of a nostalgic experience that I truly relished. The addition of Tallihuwi Arbi only added on to the delightful experience.
Next up was Baghara Khana with Kaddu Ka Dalcha & Dum Ka Murgh – a combination which truly represents the Mughlai cuisine of Hyderabad. The smoky preparation of chicken along with the flavorful rice and rich lentil gravy was simply outstanding!
A Hyderabadi meal is never complete without the Biryani. The Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani on offer was served with Baghare Baigan & Dahi ki Chutney. This is easily one of the best biryani I’ve had in recent times. Absolutely delicious!
Qoobani Ka Meetha – a dessert made of apricots & malai and Falooda concluded an experience what I term as the true Hyderabadi Experience.
They say each dish has a certain history, some told and some untold. The introduction of this fabulous cuisine at SodaBottleOpenerWala will only go on to be every foodie’s delight. Thumbsup to the entire team who has worked on coming up with the menu in all its authenticity where all the traditional flavors have been retained.
And just before saying Goodbye finished off a round of Irani Chai with Chand Biscuit, Osmania Biscuit and Shatanj
Disclaimer: I was invited by SodaBottleOpenerWala, Hyderabad to review the new Hyderabadi Irani Cafe Menu, the opinions expressed in the review are Honest & Unbiased.
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