By: Mariam Elhamy
Cheese-y goodness is the status quo at Melt. All kinds of rich, ooey, gooey melted cheese in every bite! Located inside Mall of Egypt and overlooking Ski Egypt, Melt Bistro & Café takes cheeses to new levels, just when you thought you couldn’t reinvent the wheel (of cheese)!
Any of Melt’s takes on the classic grilled cheese, and there are plenty! Avocado Mexican Shrimp Salad, Arancini appetizer (fried mushrooms and spinach risotto) and Philly Steak Sandwich.
We started out with the Avocado Mexican Shrimp Salad, a fresh twist on a traditional Mexican salad; red kidney beans, sweet corn, diced tomatoes, and cilantro leaves, grilled avocado, topped with grilled shrimp. We then sampled one of Melt’s signature appetizer dishes, the Smoked Mozzarella. If you’re into smoked food this discovery will really blow you away! The thinly sliced smoked mozzarella topped with Rocca leaves, diced cherry tomatoes, a special tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar was a very pleasant new taste surprise for us!
The Cheese Fondue is one item you should not pass up at Melt! A mix of melted cheeses arrived in a huge pot with a candle underneath to keep it warm. We dipped crunchy green apple cubes into the cheese, savoring every bite of the sweet and creamy combination! The fondue platter also comes with seasoned grilled chicken slices, roasted potato wedges and toasted bread croutons.
The cheesy goodness just kept flowing when we received our Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. This came in a pot with a good ratio of pasta versus cheese and marinated buffalo chicken. But Melt wouldn’t leave a dish this basic without adding its’ own touch; we were wowed by the jaw-dropping cheese-melting show performed on our dish! The server melted the top of half a cheese wheel onto our dish and we dove in like there was no tomorrow.
Just when we started thinking about all the extra weight we had probably put on, the dessert menu came. We were recommended the Homemade Cheesecake and the Lotus Cookie Madness, but Melt was generous enough to also serve us the Chocolate Fondant and the Boston Fudge Cake. Winner of this round was by far the Lotus Cookie Madness. For anyone who likes Lotus biscuits this is a dream come true. The chewy chocolate chip cookie was already great on its own but to our delight it was coated with Lotus spread, vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. The Chocolate Fondant was a great pick too, and the vanilla ice cream is spectacular.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
On another visit we would love to try the Chicken Cordon Bleu Quesadillas and the Brioche Burger. The beverage menu includes hot and iced tea and soft drinks.
Décor & Ambience
Very modern with marble and granite tables, colorful walls, dark wood and very comfy chairs. There’s a nice seating area that overlooks Ski Egypt, which could be super fun to watch
Clientele Mix: Families and people working with their laptops.
Price range: Moderate
Location: Entrance H1, Mall of Egypt, El Wahat Rd
Opening hours: 10 am – 11 pm (Open till 12 am on weekends)
Facebook and Instagram: @MeltBistroAndCafe