Recently Kolkata has seen loads of quaint cafes coming up and yes, I am no way complaining about that! These places are soothing and extremely suitable to settle down for a laid back adda with your friends or family. And these cafes are mostly supported by some amazing food; their kitchen backs up their interiors and ambiance perfectly. I lately discovered this quaint, cozy café in the bylanes of Ballygunge called Melting Pot. It serves you comfort, both in terms of ambiance and food. This place is a melting pot of various flavors and cuisines that’s sure to impress your taste buds and satiate your appetite for some quality time with your loved ones!
To start with, this café has got a perfect location. It is located quite close to the Kasturi Restaurant in the residential area of Ballygunge Place. The locality is pretty calm and quiet that perfectly suits the theme of this cozy corner café! It is basically housed in a residential south Kolkata building. It has a lovely ground floor balcony that takes you to the café which has a simple yet classy décor which exudes warmth.
The tables are placed quite far apart giving the place a voluminous feel. The place has got a brown yellow color scheme which gives that woody feel to it paired with some conventionally urban scribbling on the wall, which I guess can be further worked upon. The golden filament light somehow makes you comfortable in no time. The place is laid back, warm and happy!
Coming to the food and beverages, like I have already said, the menu is an amalgamation of various global cuisines and they have pulled it off quite well. If you are here, you should mainly focus on their oriental section that comprises of Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, etc. I tried both their continental and oriental options and yes, they were pretty good. They certainly do focus on their food. Let me quickly run you through the items I have had at this place.
We started off with some Chicken Lemon Coriander Soup which was very soothing, subtle, not too tangy or thick and just the perfect thing to start your meal with. It was closely followed by the Chicken Sui Mai served in that traditional bamboo momo basket. This one was pretty amazing and juicy with some generous chicken stuffing, perfect flavor that can simply redefine comfort food for you!
This subtle flavored item was followed by the BBQ Chicken Wings which was tad spicy, tangy and drenched in BBQ sauce, the chicken was tender but could have been a bit meatier.
The side dish which truly impressed me was the Pattaya Fish, it was a creamy Thai preparation cooked in some good amount of coconut milk, sweet basil with a subtle kick of chopped, lightly tossed green chilies making that soft and flaky Basa fish taste a lot better.
This oriental preparation was followed by a traditional Italian dish breaking that South East Asian spell – the Penne in Red Sauce was served with perfect garnishing and it was pretty nicely prepared; it didn’t have that overdose of tangy red sauce all over, which was truly appreciable.
This was followed by another traditional Thai dish which is pretty popular in Kolkata these days; it is Chicken Thai Red Curry with steamed rice. Surprisingly, the dish was prepared in the most authentic way with all the traditional ingredients and the flavors matched to what I had tasted back in Thailand. The chicken pieces were tender and juicy and went extremely well with the steamed rice. Very few cafes in Kolkata prepares Thai dishes so well, definitely, try this out if you want to go for a filling meal.
The dessert which ended our meal was pretty overwhelming, and it was called Sweetheart. It’s true work of art which everyone would love to share with their loved ones. It is a gooey chocolaty jar of ice cream drenched in chocolate sauce, sprinkles and more.
All these were aptly washed down by few beverages which were served, like the Green Apple Mojito, Peach Iced Tea, Blended Irish coffee and Choco mint Shake. Since I was having a bad throat, I went for a hot cup of coffee which was pretty nicely prepared with a frothy top and made my throat feel a lot better!!
The service was pretty prompt, professional, cooperating but can be a tad warmer. The place surely impressed me, I am pretty sure it won’t get lost in the ever-increasing foodscape and a huge number of cafés and eateries in this city. They have concentrated well on the food and beverages and that is the biggest plus, according to me. Do check out this place and let me know how you liked it!
Disclaimer: Foodiedada was at this cafe on PR invitation for review purpose.