My daughter has loved to dip food since she has been a toddler. Not only does she like to dip chips into salsa and cookies into milk and fries into ketchup, she will make any possible food combination into a dipping event. So we thought she would love going to a Fondue restaurant to celebrate her birthday.
We were right.
The ambience in The Melting Pot is understated and elegant. The marble tabletops are gorgeous and impressive; the steaming cook pots on our table added to the anticipation of what was to come. We knew ahead of time that the cost of our meal would be high; so we happily avoided sticker shock. For a cheese fondue, salad, entrée, and dessert, the average price is $40-$50 per person, before beverage.
Clearly, the event is made for that special occasion – both in the price and in the approach. For a family of four, the price tag was not something we could afford often. The pace of the meal was leisurely, to say the least. The entire meal took over two hours, with considerable wait between courses. This is clearly not something one would indulge in often – especially with children or with the elderly (and we had both).
We did not see many casual diners. We noticed what seemed to be a marriage proposal to our right, and some obviously special dinners around the room as well.
Our server was very informative; explaining our choices, discussing flavors and ingredients, and letting us know how meal would actually be cooked. We enjoyed her enthusiasm as well as her bountiful information.
Our cheese fondue was as flavorful as our server stated – redolent of mixed cheeses, garlic, and wine. The dipping choices of mixed breads, vegetables, and tart apples were superb. We were sorry when the last bit was gone!
The entrees are cooked in a bubbling broth at the table. We chose the hearty Coq Au Vin broth, and selected a promotional mixed entrée of streak, sauerbraten, garlic-encrusted chicken, shrimp and sausages, and a heaping bowl of potatoes, mushrooms, and broccoli. The server’s detailed cooking instructions left nothing to chance. The meats were tender and flavorful. It was one of the best meat dining experiences I have had. The vegetables also picked up the flavor of the broth and were excellent.
Saving the best for last, the white and dark chocolate fondue made a chocolate lover out of my husband, who generally dislikes chocolate. (I know, I cannot understand that either). It was creamy, rich, sweet, and an amazing foil for the little cakes and fruits and marshmallows and cookies. Perfection!
We will definitely go back. We won’t go back soon…it is the kind of unique experience that would not be affordable or enjoyable on a frequent basis. But this is a not-to-be-missed, unique and delicious dining experience.