Overall Rating: 4.25/5
Thinking of school always brings back fond memories, and that is bound to happen when you visit Odeon Social. Styled like a school, only with much better food and a huge bar, this outlet of Social is definitely the coolest in terms of the décor concept. From the large wooden staircase with a bell on top, to the wooden desks with study lamps, medals and trophy cabinets, a swing in the smoking section, and the servers dressed in school uniforms, the concept is carried through very well in the interiors.
I was invited here to sample their all-day breakfast offerings, and came back so full that I was questioning whether lunch or even dinner would be possible. Social has introduced the concept of breakfast trays, which are whole, hearty meals consisting of different elements, all paired with tea/coffee. The trays, more than sufficient to satisfy an above-average appetite, are also very reasonably priced.
I started the healthy route, with Harmeet’s “Chic” Breakfast, which consisted of muesli with fresh cut fruits topped with yogurt and granola, sweetened mildly with honey, and served in a jar. The dish played with different textures, which was really interesting- the muesli had soaked the yogurt which made it really creamy, and the fruits provided a freshness and zing, while the granola acted as the crunchy element. It’s hard to believe how a dish this healthy could also be this tasty.
Next, I tried the Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup. The pancakes were light and fluffy, and were cooked just right. They were infused with blueberry compote, which provided a nice burst of flavor, though I would have liked the pancakes to have more blueberry. The maple syrup was thick and not too sweet. Overall, a nice dish for pancake lovers.
Hardy Bhai’s Ishtyle Breakfast: This tray had keema ghotala with pao, bun maska, cutting chai with khari biscuit and Parle G biscuits. The keema ghota, which was a take on the Parsi-style keema, had juicy and perfectly spiced keema with peas, topped with a fried egg, which had a runny yolk. The chai was served in the typical street-style glasses, and the khari biscuits, which are essentially puff pastry bites, were light, crisp and flaky. But my favourite part of this tray was the bun muska. It was a fruit bun which was lined with butter and sugar in the center, and dusted with icing sugar on top. The bun was incredibly soft and had just the right amount of butter and sugar, and was simply delightful.
Dhingra’s Punjabi Breakfast: A typical Punjabi breakfast tray, this included a parantha, stuffed with a mixture of potatoes, onions and paneer, served with chole, samosa, aam ka achaar, pyaaz, dahi, karare aloo, lassi and chai. The parantha was very well-stuffed, soft and flavourful, though it could have been cooked a tad more on the edges. While the samosa had a crispy shell and nice filling, it had nothing extraordinary about it, but the chole served alongside were spectacular. They were perfectly cooked, they still had a bite to them and were really tangy. The karare aloo, which were basically deep-fried potato pieces, topped with some masala and chili powder were crisp and extremely tasty. The lassi was thick, creamy and adequately sweet, and the chai, served in a mitti ka kulhar, was well made and got a nice earthy flavor from the clay pot.
Anda Parantha with Seekh Kebab: Another delightful dish, this consisted of a flaky parantha, covered on one side with a spicy egg batter, served with juicy seekh kebab. The parantha was extremely well made and along with the kebab, this was a match made in heaven, and a dish worth having again and again.
Anda Bhurjee with Bun: The bhurjee was a bit different from the regular ones, as it not only had scrambled eggs, but also chopped boiled egg white and juliennes of fried egg, and was topped with aloo lachchas and fresh tomatoes, so there were varied textures in the bhurjee. The bhurjee was served with a soft bun and the entire dish was plated in a tin tiffin box, reminiscent of school days.
No good meal, be it even breakfast, is complete without desserts, so I had:
Layer Cake: The cake, which had layers of flourless chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, caramel mousse and nutty chocolate mousse, not just looked resplendent but even tasted divine. It was served with hot chocolate ganache, which when poured on top of the white chocolate disc covering the layer cake, melted the disc and spread the liquid goodness across all the layers and made the cake even more decadent and soul-satisfying.
Chocolate Blood Bath: The dessert consisted of loads of chocolate variants- chocolate cake, chocolate brownie, chocolate truffle, gooey chocolate fudge, chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse, all topped with white and dark chocolate sauce. This is the ultimate dessert for all chocolate lovers!
Overall, Odeon Social delights you with a fun concept, energetic vibe, delicious food and reasonable prices, making it a must-visit!
Location: 23, 1st Floor, Odeon Building, Radial 5, D Block, Connaught Place
Phone No.: +91 11 4565 2737