Being a bengali,and most importantly “Bangal” my food habits since the very beginning consisted of strictly non vegetarian items.
So I never developed the taste for vegetarian food until very recently.
One such place which completely blew my mind with their pure vegetarian food is Munch & Chow.
Located near Charnock Hospital,at Chinar Park, this 30 odd seater cafe is newly opened as is giving tough competition to their non vegetarian counter parts which are in the area.
The owners are from Australia and the items they serve here used are a new take on all the recipes they have collected while their stay abroad.
Coming to the decor, the first thing that will come to your mind once you step in is the minimalistic touch. The interiors are done, keeping in mind that the place is small and over doing it will just kill the ambience.
Here I tried the very famous Tandoori Chai for the first time. The earthen cups are roasted on top of coal for hours at length. Then they take it out and immerse it in a pot of tea. The tea boils over taking in the coal flavour. The tea is then served pipping hot in a earthen “Bhaar”.
Coming to the starters, I tried:
Stuffed mushroom-One of my favourites this place has be this dish. The mushrooms were covered in cheese and then deep fried until they they had the beautiful golden colour. You will get the taste of hot,molten cheese as soon as you take your first bite.
Spinach & cheese roll- Who knew that the vegetable I used to refrain from consuming as a child could be so delicious that I would as for a second serving ? The spinach and cheese roll had a remarkable crisp outer covering. The crunch could be heard from across the table! This indeed is an amazing finger food and well done as well.
Panko crusted paneer-When was the last time you actually got the taste of paneer in a paneer dish? As long as I remember, paneer has always been over powered by the herbs and spices and it usually loses it’s taste to the strong gravy or batter it is served with. But in this case, things were quite different. The outer covering was delicious giving way to the taste of a fresh cottage cheese which I instantly loved.
I everytime over eat the starters and usually skip the mains. But I thank god I tried the main course here. Let’s find out why!
The mexican burrito I tried here is like no other burrito served in Kolkata. The burrito was stuffed with a mixture of rajma and rice! And trust me it tasted remarkable. The “chatpata” taste reminded me of the toppings in a papri chat. It is one of the must try dishes here.
Pesto pasta: The pesto pasta was delicious owing to the fact that it was layered with parmesan cheese which happens to be my favourite kinda toping.
A cafe which serves equally good Mexican and Indian food does exist ! The pulau was had the perfect balance of sweet in it and given a chance I would gulp it down just like that in one go.
Had tossed mexican noodles with a side of munchurian was delicious. The munchurian balanced out the noodles perfectly and it was really light on the yummy,which made me very happy.
Kadhai paneer and Butter Naan: One of the best combos to ever exist in the vegetarian world has to be this. It is one of those dishes which I have tried every where. This paneer had a beautiful roasted taste to it which tasted so good with the butter laden naan. The paneer as usual was cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend this one as well!
Spinach and Feta cheese pizza: The pizza base was a bit on the plump side and was extremely soft. With an extra layer of feta cheese, this delicious pizza made it to list of favourites.
Now comes my favourite part of any meal, i.e, the dessert. Even if I am dying and I have one last wish, it has to be having dessert. So it is quite natural that I tried something from their dessert section as well.
Fried Ice cream:
I personally do not like fried ice cream BUT turns out I never tried the fried ice cream here! They have a different take on this very popular dessert. The coated the vanilla ice cream with corn flakes and then deep fried it. It was then served with loads of nuts and chocolate syrup. It was love at first bite!
Munch & Chow is just a month old yet they have already made a mark for themselves. The pure veg outlet is one of a kind and the owners have put in their very best to make sure that their dreams come true. With the gooey cheese filled balls still appearing in my dreaks, I am surely going to give them a visit real soon.
So if you are in the mood for some good vegetarian food, head over to Munch & Chow as soon as possible and I bet you will fall in love with the place and the food just the way I did.
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