Date: 15th Oct
Venue: DLF Cyberhub, Gurgaon
We have laughed, cried or swung between emotions with them in famous films “Khatta Meetha“, “Pestonji” or “Being Cyrus“. The fusion of western practices with Indian values creates the unique characteristics of the Parsi community. Their cultural novelty reflects on Parsi food as well. But how many of us had the opportunity to have a full blown Parsi meal? Till SodaBottleOpenerWala, they say it is an Irani cafe, happened, bringing forth Parsi cuisine that is synthesis of the east, west and middle part of the world.
The fusion aspect of the cuisine can be aptly explored in their freshly started breakfast menu. The Bawa breakfast that we recently tasted had the whole gamut – juices, beverages, omelettes, sandwiches and cakes. And more. All enthu we started healthy with Bawa’s Detox juice, combination of raspberry and orange juices with parsley. No artificial flavours or taste, it is as cleansing as it could get.
To balance, we went to the next course – Bun Maska – home made bun with butter or jam and the menu said that it was a combo with Irani chai. So we ordered chai as well. While the chai was a tad milky or creamy for our taste, the bun was melt in the mouth soft and slathered with generous layers of butter and jam, this was heaven. We next had the Navsari French Toast. This sweet toast, made with bread dipped in egg batter, came with maple syrup; fluffy, mildly sweetened and very tasty whipped cream and dry fruit chutney. This chutney is apparently a unique recipe among Parsis.
Among the omelette selection, we had Meaty Poro (Parsi omelette) and Herby Poro. The omelettes came with pao, baked beans, hashed brown and potato in cream sauce. While Herby Poro had chopped greens in the omelette, Meaty Poro had pieces of ham and fried bacon on the dish. Both the dishes were filling, wholesome and complete meals individually.
For desserts we had Coconut Raisin Cake – very yum – one of the best cakes we have had. Next came Matunga Coffee Cake – a molten cake that is cooked in steam and served fresh. Another piece of heaven in the mouth. On the side, we ordered Phatela Coffee, the Indian style stirred creamy coffee we often have at home during winter. They served this with Khatai and the oh-so-famous Shrewsbery biscuits.
The breakfast took us about two hours. The spread was elaborate and the service was tad slow. But then every dish was well worth the wait. Incidentally some of the staff here are hearing impaired and we like the establishment’s contribution to this special cause.
It’s almost winter and appetites open up now. So a big Bawa breakfast could be a apt Fun-Do this season – go for it 🙂