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The Melting Pot

August 24, 2011

The Melting Pot is one of my favorite restaurants.  The cooking style of the food is completely unique, and it’s fun.  And the food is good to boot!  Though, admittedly, the restaurant is expensive.  But, that may be a good thing because if it was cheaper, I’d probably be there more often!

Basically, fondue is a french word which loosely translates as “to melt”.  The art of fondue as a food cooking/eating style is prevalent in Switzerland and France and generally refers to a dish of melted cheese in a communal pot where people dip bread into the cheese by way of a long-stemmed fork.  Today, the idea of fondue has moved beyond cheese and bread to basically mean food dipped into a communal pot of hot liquid.

At The Melting Pot, there are three forms of fondue: cheese, entrée and chocolate.  Generally, you start your meal with a cheese fondue of your choosing (we always go for the cheddar cheese with vegetable broth rather than alcohol) and the provided dipping items: cubes of various types of bread, veggies (broccoli, cauliflower and baby carrots), and granny smith apples.  Cheese fondue is always a great way to start a meal; what can be better than cheese and bread!  Gooey and melty!
After a salad course, the menu is general followed by an entrée fondue.  You choose your meats and/or seafoods from among a variety of different options they provide.  I generally get the Signature Selection which comes with cubes of salmon, filet mignon, chicken breast, shrimp and sirloin.  Sam generally gets the French Quarter which includes filet mignon, chicken breast, shrimp, and Andouille sausage all seasoned with cajun spices.  You can also choose your cooking style, which basically means the liquid or broth that you will be dipping your meats/seafood into.  We used to always get the Court Bouillon, which was just seasoned vegetable broth.  But the last time we were there, we got the Mojo, which is Caribbean-seasoned bouillon with fresh garlic and citrus and that was delicious.  As you dip your meats or seafood into the Mojo, it really infuses the flavors of the citrus and Caribbean spices into your food.  Along with the meat/seafood you order, you’re also provided with a dish of veggies to cook (including mushrooms, broccoli and red potatoes) as well as a wide variety of dipping sauces for your meats.  Sam’s favorite is the gorgonzola port sauce.  I love the extra horseradish cocktail sauce and the teriyaki glaze, though the green goddess is pretty good too.

The final course of the night is the piece de resistance; the chocolate course.  There’s a huge variety of chocolate pots that you can choose from, everything from milk, to white, to dark, to all sorts of added in extras to flavor the chocolate.  We’ve tried the Yin & Yang, which is essentially half-dark and half-white chocolate done in a very artistic style.  But our absolute favorite is the Bananas Foster, it’s white chocolate swirled with bananas with the addition of cinnamon and flambeed table side.  It’s completely to-die-for, especially if you love bananas (me) and cinnamon (Sam).  The chocolate pots come with a plate of dippers, which include rice krispie treats, brownie pieces, pound cake, sliced bananas and strawberries, marshmallows and cheesecake.

Every time we know we’re eating at The Melting Pot for dinner, we basically try to starve ourselves for the day so that we can enjoy this sinfully-good meal.  It’s a lot of food, and while fondue may not sound heavy, it really starts to weigh down on you.  It’s not the healthiest meal in the world, but it’s certainly one of the most sumptuous!


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