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The Melting Pot – Restaurant Review

Posted Feb 28 2011 12:55pm

I’ve been wanting to go to The Melting Pot for some time now, and on Sunday night, I finally made it! My family went to celebrate my niece Richelle’s 16th birthday!

Richelle @ The Melting Pot

We did four courses during the evening, and the entire dining experience took almost three hours. I would definitely recommend making sure that you have enough time to relax and enjoy the experience. There were five of us, and we sat at a table with two burners.

First Course

The first course is the cheese course. Since we had two burners, we got to choose two different types of cheese. They had about eight different options! We chose the Spinach Artichoke Cheese, and the Cheddar Cheese with red Wine. both were very tasty. One thing that was cool about the cheese course was that they actually made the cheese for you at your table. We sat back and watched as our server added the following to one of our cooking pots…

  • Vegetable stock
  • Spinach
  • Artichoke
  • Garlic
  • Seasonings
  • And a Mixture of cheeses

Within minutes we had a smooth, creamy, cheesy pot of goodness ready for dipping.

Spinach Artichoke Cheese @ The Melting Pot

I was so busy dipping into this bowl, I didn’t even see how the cheddar cheese was made! For the cheese course we had a few weapons for dipping…

  • Bread
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower

Cheese Course @ The Melting Pot

Each of us got about 4 of the dipping forks, and to omit any confusion, we each had different colored forks.

Second Course:

After the cheese we each got to order a salad

Salad @ The Melting Pot

Third Course:

Next was the main course. For this they created two different kind of cooking broths. Each with different flavors. Keep in mind that they’re not really oils, they seemed more broth based to me.

Cooking @ The Melting Pot

I got the vegetarian entrée

Vegetarian Entree @ The Melting Pot

I started eating before I remembered to snap a picture! My plate included:

  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Asparagus
  • Ravioli w/ goat cheese inside
  • Mushrooms
  • Edamame
  • Peanut infused Tofu

The tofu was the winner of me during the entre, it had great flavor! They recommended we cook each item for about 11/2 to 2 minutes. They also put out a few other goodies for cooking.
Dipping Goodies @ The Melting Pot

My niece Tahani ordered shrimp and steak for her entrée, and she ended up sending the steak back. She felt like she was just boiling meat, and she didn’t like the way it tasted. She decided to just do all shrimp, and really enjoyed the taste of that. This is her happy shrimp face…


Fourth Course

Finally it was time of the chocolate! We were classic in our chocolate choices and  got Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate. Again they had about 6-8 different types including a Banana’s Foster flavor that sounded great.

Dark Chocolate @ The Melting Pot

The chocolate dippers included…

  • Brownie Bites
  • Rice Krispy Bites
  • Banana Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Cheese Cake
  • Pound Cake
  • Oreo Covered Marshmallows

Dessert @ The Melting Pot

Chocolate Dipping Yummies @ The Melting Pot

The brownie bites, rice Krispy’s and banana’s were the winners of this course!

Overall I really enjoyed my first Melting Pot experience. Even my dad who was very skeptical before we went ended up enjoying himself. If you haven’t been, I would definitely recommend it!

Here are a few observations from my experience:

  1. Price – For 4 courses, be ready to spend about $45 per person
  2. Cheese and Dessert Would have been Enough – I’m glad that I did the whole 4 course experience my first time, but in the end we were all stuffed! We could have just done the cheese and chocolate courses, and been satisfied. This would also be a fun place to go for just dessert and drinks!
  3.  Make sure you go with people you like! – Like I said earlier the entire dining experience took almost three hours. So make sure you’re with someone you want to spend that much time with. For me and my family, the time really flew by, and I was actually surprised when I realized how how much time had passed.
  4. Listen to your Server–  Our server was really knowledgeable about the dining experience, and had tons of suggestions for us when we asked. Tap that resource!


Anybody else ever been to The Melting Pot?

What was your favorite part?

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