Missing the Mumbai rains and the delicious street-food , especially the ever favourite Vada Pav?
If yes, then head to your nearest outlet of Soda Bottle Openerwala in the capital. SBOW known for its Bawa food, has the vibe of an Irani Café with quirky décor and little notes on the steps, as you climb up the staircase to reach the restaurant. A chalkboard with daily specials, old world round glass topped tables coupled with ceiling lamps transport you back to an Iranian Café.
Pic Courtesy- Dineout
Fortunately this is where the similarities end, as you are greeted by a polite, shyly smiling waiter at your table. Handing you the menu he points to a little booklet that illustrates that he is differently abled (Speech & Hearing Impaired) and how you can interact with them.
The menu is a blend of Parsi and Mumbai specials with a bit of Portuguese, Persian and even Gujarati influences. The Mumbai street fare includes the raasta sandwich, bhelwith a twist, bhajiyas and of course, the IconicVada Pav.
The Advent of Vada Pav
Classic Vada Pav
Born in the 1960’s when abatata vada vendoroutside Dadar Station, Ashok Vaidya, decided to stick this ubiquitouspotato patty between aPav, add a bit of green chilliand toss in some fiery red Garlic Chutney.
Batata Vada Being Fried at a Vada Pav Vendor
More interesting however is Mumbai’sbelovedon-the-go snack’s profoundly political connection. Created at a time when the Shiv Sena was beginning to make its presence felt in Mumbai, it was soon embraced by the party as one of its own. Touted as the quintessential Marathi working class snack, this flavorsome sandwich has founda special place in the hearts of many even outside Mumbai today.
Vada Pav with Fried Green Chili
Served with fried green chili, the Vada pav was Bang-On in terms of flavour and texture.The Vada, a spiced boiled potato patty dipped in gramflour and fried to a perfect crisp, contrasted perfectly with the fluffy soft Pav.The red chutney accompanied by the green chili added just the just the right amount of kick to it. Add to it one of their cold brew Coffees and you have ideal evening nibble or a mid morning snack.
Slow Brewed Coffee
The menu here is quite diverse and I am definitely going back to try some more of this delicious food. You can see some of their most popular dished here
Video Courtesy- Brandreel The food here, of course, is scrumptious butthe effort made by SBOW to hire and train different abled people to serve us makes your experience even more special A little awkward in the beginning, it takes a few minutes to get hang of the process of communicating with them, but after that it was pretty smooth. A Great initiative by the Soda Bottle Opener Wala team!
So Hop over for your fix of Mumbai streetfood and be a part of this noble initiative!
Radheeka, a quintessential Delhi girl, is baker by profession. She calls herself a sweet toothed vegetarian who loves trying new food and cuisines. Her other interest include art and travelling. Born out of her love for food and trying new things, this food review blog not only includes some of the best restaurant reviews in the city but her myriad adventures in art and travel.