We celebrated Valentine’s Day early this year with dinner at The Melting Pot. It had been quite a while since our last visit, so we thought it would be fun to go again. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant and what they call a “unique interactive dining experience.” That’s because you have to work for your food, cooking it yourself at the table.
You can choose a four-course meal which starts with cheese fondue, then salad, your entree and chocolate fondue dessert. Although I love the cheese fondue, we opted to just have three courses so that we weren’t overly full by the time dessert arrived.
But if you do want to partake of the cheese fondue, there are several yummy selections: Spinach Artichoke Cheese, Fiesta Cheese, Cheddar, Wisconsin Trio and Swiss.
For the second course (first for us) try the House Salad with The Melting Pot’s signature sweet and tangy salad dressing. I love this dressing. It’s probably my favorite part of the whole meal. Good thing is that you can take home a bottle if you like.
Entrees include chicken, lobster, salmon, shrimp, Filet Mignon and even a vegetarian option. We decided to share one platter of chicken and one of Filet Mignon. The entrees are cooked in one of four oils or broths. There are several batters to coat your pre-cooked meats, tempura-style, and several dipping sauces for after cooking.
The dessert course is well worth waiting for. There are a variety of chocolate options: Cookies ‘n Cream with Marshmallow, Bananas Foster, Flaming Turtle, Chocolate S’mores, Yin & Yang (white and dark chocolate together) or plain chocolate. And just for fun, add a shot of liqueur. We had milk chocolate with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream in which we dipped strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake, marshmallows, brownies and bananas.
The first Melting Pot opened in Maitland, Florida back in 1975, when the fondue craze was probably at its peak. That location has since closed, but there are many locations across the United States, including one in Maui. They’re branching out now into the rest of North America with a location in Edmonton, Canada and one coming soon to Mexico City.
So whether you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, or want to have a special night out, and don’t mind working for your food, The Melting Pot is a unique restaurant experience. It’s not just fondue, it’s Fun-due!
Dates of Visit: February 12, 2012