Melting Pot is one of the newest eateries in town located in the quaint neighbourhood of Ballygunge. The location is quite fancy and convenient if you ask me. This place is very close to Weaver’s Studio in Swinhoe Street. Stroll up casually during the eveings if you’re around Ballygunge and just drop by at this place. It’s warm and welcoming and definitely has a lot of options for you to try.
Run by Srabani Kumar, who was a journalism major is extremely welcoming to her guests. This cozy 36 seater restaurant is well lit, and maintains a very homely vibe. The interiors are done up nicely – nothing too extravagant though.
We caught up with the owner and found out that this restaurant was an ode to her love for oriental cuisine. She also told us that variety is their USP as they try to create a balance between oriental and continental. It stands very true to it’s name and gives its patrons a chance to sample from a wide array of options. Although you might feel that the place is small, it is pretty nice and airy and is really good for dates or even a bunch of friends.
Getting to the food, here’s what we were served –
Cream of Chicken Soup
The soup was a tad bit watery for my liking. Cream of Chicken soup is suppose to be nice and creamy, and should give off a lovely fragrance. They even had a few croutons in there but the soup somehow missed the mark. Need a little more creaminess in there.
Korean Chicken Sticks
The entrees were pretty amazing honestly. The Korean Chicken skewers are a delight. They are well seasoned, has a delectable taste and the salad that is on the side makes for an amazing pair. Quite refreshing if you ask me! Pair this with the Orange Mint Mojito.
Chicken Steamed Momos
The steamed momos here are an absolute delight. The skin was thin and gave away to a lovely filling of chicken. The momo was generously stuffed with a lot of love. The sauce gives a good spicy kick and that was amazing considering it is cold outside. This one is a must have here.
Coming down to the mains, we had :
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
The spaghetti was good and light. Aglio e Olio is usually pretty light, fragrant and nice. I am more of a creamy pasta person so this wasn’t up my alley. Ours had chicken bits as well. I liked it, although this could have been slightly better. The garlic bread alongside is really nice and crunchy.
Burnt Garlic Mixed Fried Rice & Sliced Chicken in Chilli Oyster Sauce
The burnt garlic mixed fried rice however was a little oily for my liking but I liked it nonetheless. The food here is cooked from the heart and it shows on the plate. Generous portions served hot on the table. The chicken in chill oyster sauce however is amazing. Very well seasoned, lovely broth and perfect cooked chicken. I totally recommend this one.
Orange Mint Mojito, Caramel Crunchy Coffee, Brownie Shake, Sweetheart
All of their beverages are really good. My personal favourites were the Orange Mint Mojito which was so refreshing and Sweetheart which true to its name is a delight. Do not miss out this one. They serve the beverages in tall glasses so make yourself at home and sip on.
For Desserts, we had :
Classic desserts to gorge on. Huge quantities so you might have a hard time to finish if you are all by yourself. Nice and sweet – although if you are worried about he calories, I would suggest going a little lighter. You can end your meal with their amazing hazel cappuccino – it is absolutely amazing.
Coming to their hospitality, which is a very important factory for any restaurant – I really liked it here. The servers are always ready for your feedback, they would also ask you once in a while if you are enjoying your meal. Just a place where they give a lot of importance to it’s patrons. That shows how much they value their customers.
The place does not charge exorbitant prices and cooks up amazing food – Definitely recommend everyone to drop down to this place for a nice time!
My recommendations : Chicken steamed momos, Korean chicken sticks, hazelnut cappuccino, Sweetheart.
Price for two : INR 600/- plus taxes
To conclude, I would like to thank Atreya Paul, Susmita Kundu and First Idea PR for having me over.