Kochi-based Mathai Makkal serves elevated street fare
Crunchy churros and foot long vegetable wraps filled with banana slices are some of the highlights here
Kochiites love grab-and-go recipes as much as a la carte meals. Keeping up with the same, we have seen local eateries experiment with myriad options ranging from beast wrap at The Grill Lab to vindaloo-stuffed variants at Gangsta Wrap. “Since we have no background in the food and beverage industry, we wanted to start out slowly,” informs Sachin Mathew, who co-founded this month-old endeavour in
association with Cyril C Mathew, Matin Mac Mathew, and Clement Mathew. Having collaborated with Thiruvananthapuram-based food consultant, Sandhya Kumar, to develop the dishes in-house, these 20-somethings have managed to add some quirks to their limited yet wholesome menu.
Our visit to the eatery—spurred by the description of their foot-long vegetarian roll made with paper thin rumali roti—begins with a flavourful cup of cinnamon black tea. As the chef adds cooked banana slices on my wrap alongside jalapeno cheese balls and cheddar cheese, I cannot help but be sceptical. Unlike the spicy rolls I’m used to, this one is mildly-sweet and comes loaded with pickled gherkins, jalapenos, lettuce and fries.While the chicken alternative comes filled with grilled aubergines in addition to the standard ingredients, their beef wrap features thick gravy seasoned with naadan spices. The winner for me here, however, is the humongous portion of crunchy churros made in-house, that arrives doused in rich chocolate cream.“We will be expanding to places like Kakkanad in the coming months,” says Sachin, signing off.
Wraps from `150 onwards.