10th April 2016 1pm
I have been itching to get to this place since it first opened but as Bruntsfield isn’t along my usual path anywhere, we had to make a planned visit. Meltmongers is not strictly a restaurant, but you could technically have a main and dessert which is why I am reviewing it. I have to say, it is lovely to see a small business opened on a Sunday, so we took full advantage and got stuck in. Whilst Meltmongers is a small venue, there is enough seating for around 20 at full capacity. It was getting close to being full whilst we were there and plenty of other customers were popping in for takeaways. The menu is relatively straight forward; there are cheese related toasties, burgers, sweet toasties and some sides. I decided to go with the Big Cheese and my friend went for the Melt Madame. We placed the order at the till and then grabbed a seat and waited for it to be brought over.
A few minutes later, the toasties arrived and looked glorious. I couldn’t wait to get tucked in and I was right to. My toastie – the big cheese – was cheddar, American cheese, Gruyere with a sweet tomato and chilli chutney. The cheese was oozy and full of flavour (and not overfilled to avoid it hardening into big lumps). The chutney was a pure delight. The sweetness helped lighten the weight of the cheese and I thought was a much better alternative to ketchup. On the other side of the table, the Melt Madame was also being enjoyed. Whilst a little less cheesy than mine, the emmenthal still worked well with the ham and egg. The scattering of cheese on top of the toasties was a nice touch to give them one last extra cheese hit.
The sweet toasties also sounding amazing (I really must try the one with Nutella and marshmallows) but there was no way we could fit one in at this visit.
A joyous little place, where simple things are done well.
Would I eat here again? Ooooooooh yesssss!
Cost around £13 for two toasties, a tea and a bottle of water