Expect Parsi favourites, Bombay classics, cold Brews and smoothies from Soda’s breakfast menu
Think chorizo poros and coconut and jaggery pancakes
Indulgent breakfasts are not just reserved for weekends. At least according to Sodabottleopenerwala, if their Big Bawa Breakfast is anything to go by. Available from 8.30 am until 12 noon, all days of the week, the comprehensive menu offers everything from ‘Bombay Staples’ (with dishes such as Chilli Cheese Pav and Eggs Kejriwal) to Parsi Breakfast Staples (Poro, Paneer Akuri, Navsari Style French Toast, etc), in addition to sandwiches, fresh juices, desserts and platters.
Equal parts refreshing and invigorating, the Lime and Cinnamon cold brew is the best start to your meal and day. The black coffee is citrusy and spicy with just a hint of sweetness that serves to lift your spirits and energy. If you’re in the mood for something fruity, ask for the Five Berry Sober Sangria. The drink is a concoction of muddled strawberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries, orange juice and lime.
Coastal flavours come alive in the Coconut and Organic Jaggery pancake. Made with ragi and oats, the stacked pancakes are sandwiched with grated coconut and jaggery and served with an assortment of fresh fruits on the side. We loved how the familiar flavours were served in an innovative format.
The Bohri Kheema Pav is lightly spiced, allowing the flavour of the meat to shine through. Needless to say, the thick gravy and the warm buttered pav are a match made in heaven.
For those who’d like to start their day off with eggs, there are the Parsi style omelettes (Poro) available in five variations - Angry Poro (made with red chutney, spring onions and bharli mirchi), Herby Poro (mint, coriander, basil, spring onion, garlic and lemon zest), Smoky Poro (smoked cheese and jalapeno), Meaty Poro (ham, pickled onion, gherkin, bacon, cheddar) and Poro in Goa (chorizo, onion, tomato). We sampled the Angry Poro, which was served with grilled vegetables, baked beans, potato wedges and pav. This is a well balanced meal, and though well made, was nothing out of the ordinary. The Pancham Puriwala (a legendary Mumbai eatery)-inspired Puri Bhaji is another dish to try if you’re looking for something simple and comforting.
We rounded things off with the delectable Readymoney Cheesecake, which was served with tart cherry compote. We enjoyed the cheesecake but we also recommend the Apple and Pear Crumble with Custard (pastry stuffed with spiced fruit and almonds, and served with custard).
The platters (or Breakfast Trays) are the more elaborate, ‘lingering breakfast’ sort of options best restricted to weekends, but Soda’s menu also offers some great choices for diners who are looking for a quick, healthy bite before getting into the daily grind.
Rs.800++ for two. At Lavelle Road