Vegetarian Utopia in Kochi
Despite all the pizzerias in the city, Meltyway is going to have foodies gravitating to Palace Road, for some delicious flatbread dining. Walking into the warm yellow premises enlivened with food-inspired graffiti, we learn their USP that’s not mentioned on their Facebook page—they exclusively serve vegetarian food!
A fizzy green apple drink is the perfect respite from the humid heat that co-owner Amrutha S Kamath offers as she greets us into the two-month-old 22-cover space. “My passion for cooking kept me glued to YouTube videos whenever I got a break from work. That’s the same reason why I quit my software job and decided to open a place where vegetarians can have more options including cheese corn shots and momos,” says engineer-turned chef, who runs the place with her husband Adarsh Kamath.
Munching on their crunchy garlic bread infused with the natural flavours of basil, I run through their extensive menu sporting dishes like spiced cauliflower florets and pasta. “I used to deliver dishes like burgers and pizzas to homestays during the tourist season and also for parties around Fort Kochi area before deciding to open an outlet,” says the 24-year-old chef, who’s assisted in the kitchen by her sister.
The fresh cottage cheese within the paneer zingy burger is coated in a crispy cornflour mix steeped with spicy mayonnaise and chilli powder. Although I want the taste of the soft paneer to linger for a while, I wash down the spiciness with a swig of their creamy mocha cookie frappe.
The much-awaited Mexican spicy pizza that arrives on the table leaves smiles on our faces. The home-baked bread—heavily loaded with mozzarella cheese and topped with tangy cherry tomatoes—closes off with a spicy note. The hiss of the Indian style sizzler reminds us that there’s more to be indulged in. With fried rice, paneer tikka, steamed veggies and fries, the platter is a fine blend of savoury flavours. “We’re expanding to another 220 sq ft so that there’s more space in the kitchen for us to experiment,” I hear the young chef say before I lose myself in the finely-textured chocolate pudding that melts in my mouth.
Meal for two from `250 onwards
Closed on Mondays.