Friday, June 23, 2006

The Melting Pot



It's time for another installment of our ever popular weekly restaurant review. This week's edition comes yet another day early. Aubie got to pick and she just had to have fondue. Tonight we went to The Melting Pot.

A couple of things to consider if you want to go to this place. It takes a LONG time and it's pretty expensive. Our meal took a grand total of 2 hours.

First things first. We had to make a reservation. The best we could do was 8pm. I thought it was going to be a small little place. It turns out that it's pretty big. There were a lot of people there but it's not really packed. They just don't have enough servers.

We didn't think this was a t-shirt and jeans type of place so we had to dress up. I had to put my work clothes back on and that sucked. Oh the things I do for Aubie.

So we get there right on time and notice people waiting around for a seat. We go up to the desk and tell them our name and they whisk us off to our table immediately. HA! It's pretty cool to feel like a VIP.

We go to our table and it's tiny. The one we sat in was like a quarter of a booth. You probably know how the deal works. They have a stove on the table and everything is brought in raw and you cook it in front of you. It was yet another first for me.

We ordered something called the big night out. It's basically a deal where we just share everything from a single platter. The meal had four courses. First came some cheese dip sort of thing.



They gave us chips, bread, vegetables and even apples to dip in the cheese. It seemed weird but the cheese dipped apples were pretty good. As for the vegetables - we wouldn't know.

Afterwards we each had salad and then shared an assortment of meats cut up into bite sized pieces. Our platter had lobster, shrimp, chicken, and steak. There were also some potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms and squash that we threw in the pot and grabbed whenever we wanted. The lobster was really good. As for the chicken - not so much. It's really odd to cook your food one bite at a time. Every piece of meat took two minutes to cook so that explains the huge amount of time we spent there.

We finished up with a chocolate desert called the flaming turtle. There were a bunch of fruits and a piece of cheesecake that we dipped in a pot filled with milk chocolate, pecans and caramel. Our server threw in some Bacardi 451 and put a lighter to it to set it all on fire. That blue flame was pretty cool. It was really good.


Now, on to the drinks! The apple martini Aubie got was really good. I got a Mojito. It was alright. The funny thing is that the guy who was mixing up our cheese was telling me that Mojito's suck there. THANKS DUDE! He was wrong. It wasn't that bad at all.



We also shared a raspberry martini toward the end. It took a really long time to get to us though so one of the managers gave it to us for free.

A note about the servers. They are all really friendly and confident. I bet it's because of the kind of tips they must be pulling down. One guy said he had four tables and we were sitting down doing the math. Must be something along the lines of 40+ dollars an hour on the weekends. I imagine they have to share it though. I don't know.

Overall we like The Melting Pot. I HATE the time it takes to finish the meal though. TWO SOLID HOURS! It's not going to be on my itinerary any time soon but not because it's a bad place. It's obviously top notch. I just can't justify spending so much time in that little booth.

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