Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Melting Pot: A Review

Recently Caskey, Alexander and I went to The Melting Pot for date night. I want to review that restaurant. First off, its important to note that I believe the definition of fondue to be cheese and bread.

The Melting Pot prides itself on its 4 course menu; cheese fondue, salad, entree, and chocolate fondue. Well, I personally believe cheese fondue can be the entree - no reason to go to a fondue place and not dip everything in cheese. YUM!!!!

We decided to go traditional this time. We got the original cheese fondue. So YUMMY!!! But the pot was way too small and we were out of fondue way too quickly. Also, the only things we had to dip was apples, raw veggies, and bread. Then came the salad. I had ordered Caeser, but it was bland and had candied pine nuts on top. The candied pine nuts were yummy, but not on a ceaser salad. The next course was the entree. I had opted not to buy an entree as my main goal was melted cheese and melted chocolate - no reason to fill up on meat. But since there is only one cooktop on each table, all the guests needed to be eating the same thing.

The entree was a peculiar experience, one I do not intend on repeating. We were brought raw meats and a pot of boiling stuff (wine, oil, water, etc). We skewered out meat and then put it in the liquid to cook. I didn't see the appeal of that process. Not to mention that I didn't particularly enjoy the food since Caskey ordered spicy meat and spicy liquid. It was way too hot for me. I also found it extremely expensive. He had 16 pieces of food to cook and a bowl of veggies. The cost was $25 dollars!!!! It was cheaper to have two orders of the cheese fondue. And probably yummier.

The chocolate fondue was out of this world. It was priced well too. I was adequately full with a small size of chocolate fondue. It came with strawberries, bananas, pound cake, brownies, marshmallows and a slive of cheesecake. It was the best cheesecake I have ever had - a little lemony in flavor. Near the end we were just dipping the spoon and licking it.

I am excited to go back and try it again. But I will be only having a 2-course meal; melted cheese followed by melted chocolate. And hold the $8/glass of wine. That was a little extreme.

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