A Delicious Dining Experience at The Melting Pot

Disclosure: I was provided with a free meal from The Melting Pot in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Every so often, a girl needs a fun night out with friends. A night filled with delicious food, wonderful conversation and a whole lot of fun. A few years ago, I was introduced to The Melting Pot by a few of the ladies at the office. Our little group attended a few of the Ladies’ Nights that were held at the restaurant. I really enjoyed the fun atmosphere and the food is always delicious. Much to my dismay, my boyfriend and I don’t have the chance to eat at The Melting Pot very often. Needless to say, when I was invited to a media dinner event, I jumped at the opportunity to eat loads of melted cheese and delicious treats dipped in chocolate.

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After arriving at the restaurant last Wednesday evening and finding my seat, I ordered one of my favorite wines, the Schmitt Soehne Riesling. This is the wine that introduced me to the deliciousness that is Riesling wine. It is slightly sweet with a subtle fruitiness and is a clean, crisp wine. The type of wine that I could drink every night and not get bored of it.

Any meal at The Melting Pot always starts with a cheese fondue and our experience was no different. We had three different types of cheese to try at our table: Tomato Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, and Spinach Artichoke. The location we were at is actually a test restaurant for the new menu items before they are rolled out to every location. The Tomato Cheese fondue is one of those menu items that is being tested and I sincerely hope it makes it into all of the restaurants. It started with a white wine base and has fresh chopped tomatoes and cheddar cheese. The flavor is rich, creamy and very delicious. The Cheddar Cheese Fondue and the Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue are customer favorites. I loved the beer base used in the Cheddar Cheese Fondue. It really popped against the cheese flavor.

The Melting Pot - Tomato Cheese FondueThe Melting Pot - Cheddar Cheese FondueThe Melting Pot - Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

The next course we enjoyed was the salad course. I decided to try the Spinach Mushroom salad and it was an excellent choice. The warm Burgundy Shallot dressing really sets this dish apart from other side salads. It was slightly sweet, rich and amazing!

The Melting Pot - Spinach Mushroom Salad

For the main course, each of us chose 3 items from the entrée menu. I went with the honey orange duck breast, the chicken pot stickers, and the spinach and artichoke ravioli. Now the really fun thing with eating a fondue meal is that you actually get to choose exactly how your meal is prepared. After you choose the entrée items you want, then you choose the cooking style. The cooking styles we had at our table were the Bourguignonne style (oil) and the Mojo style (broth). Despite enjoying a few meals at The Melting Pot before, I have never tried the oil-based cooking style. After this meal, I think I will be enjoying it every now and then. The Bourguignonne comes with two batters (tempura and sesame) to coat the entrée items with. These batters are an excellent way to really customize your meal and they are absolutely delicious!

The Melting Pot - Chicken Pot Stickers, Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli, and Honey Orange Duck Breast

While explaining the cooking times and all of the sauces that come with the main course, our server taught us how to create our own stuffed mushrooms. Besides the entrée items, a selection of vegetables and potatoes are brought to the table to cook in the fondue pot. So how do you create a stuffed mushroom?

  1. Fill a mushroom cap with Green Goddess sauce and dip it in the Sesame batter.
  2. Place the mushroom cap in the Bourguignonne fondue pot. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the cap from the oil. Place it on your plate and allow it to cool. Enjoy!

The Melting Pot - Stuffed Mushroom (1)The Melting Pot - Stuffed Mushroom (2)The Melting Pot - Stuffed Mushroom (3)

I must have eaten at least 3 of these stuffed mushroom caps. There were absolutely delicious! I also tried it with the Gorgonzola Port as the filling and dipped it in the Tempura batter. Those were just as amazing. I think the stuffed mushrooms alone would be a fantastic reason to select the Bourguignonne cooking style.

The Melting Pot - Main Course

After the main course, I was stuffed! I kept telling myself that I needed to save room for the melted chocolate but I couldn’t stop eating the stuffed mushrooms. When the server started bringing out the dessert dippers, I knew that I would somehow have to muster up the room to at least try the three different types of chocolate. As I mentioned earlier, our group was enjoying this delicious meal at a testing location for The Melting Pot. With the dessert course, we were able to try some new dipping items (the blondies rocked my world) and a new chocolate fondue flavor. Some of the new items on the dessert dippers plate were blondies, biscotti and some extra fruits.

The Melting Pot - Dessert Dippers

With the dippers on the table, the server brought out the chocolate fondues. Our table had the Peaches ‘n’ Cream Chocolate Fondue, the Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue and the Yin Yang Chocolate Fondue. The Peaches ‘n’ Cream is a new white chocolate based fondue with diced peached and sliced almonds. This chocolate fondue wasn’t really my top choice but I don’t really like the flavor of peaches. The Flaming Turtle is milk chocolate with caramel, candied pecans, and fire (see picture below). I absolutely loved the Flaming Turtle especially with the blondies. The Yin Yang is a gorgeous blend of white and dark chocolates.

The Melting Pot - Peaches 'n' Cream Chocolate FondueThe Melting Pot - Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue (1)The Melting Pot - Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue (2)The Melting Pot - Yin Yang Chocolate Fondue

Besides being a wonderfully unique dining experience, The Melting Pot also allows guests to truly customize the meal that they want. You can choose a four course meal and enjoy a meal similar to the one I enjoyed. You can go with a savory and sweet experience and just eat melted cheese and chocolate. I know I would be absolutely ok with that option. The ingredients are fresh, delicious and create an amazing meal.

The Melting Pot - Dessert Course

Have you every eaten at The Melting Pot? What is your favorite type of fondue?

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Disclosure: I was provided with a free meal from The Melting Pot in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 thoughts on “A Delicious Dining Experience at The Melting Pot

  1. I love the melting pot! Only been there once, but it was absolutely delicious… no way I could say what I liked the most though. Probably a tie between the cheese and the chocolate! :)

  2. I absolutely love The Melting Pot! I went a few times while in high school in Tampa, then helped open the Birmingham location in 2007. I actually ended up as their training server and transferred to their HUGE Nashville location when Matt took a job there. It’s a great restaurant with amazing food! My favorite is the cheddar cheese fondue, it’s now my “party trick” if we’re having people over. Even though I can fix the cheese and chocolate fondues at home, I cannot replicate the sesame seed batter. That stuff is divine! I stuff myself with sesame seed battered chicken, dipped in ginger plum sauce. Now my mouth is watering….

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