Last night, Aaron started his Grad School classes, so we decided to go out to celebrate after. Well, that’s kind of the truth. Really, we went to The Melting Pot back in December, where we donated money and were given a $20 gift card. Awesome, right? We knew it expired at the end of August, but definitely thought we would use it before them. Turns out, last week we realized the end of August is upon us, so we needed to use this! Our one month anniversary was Tuesday, and between that and Aaron’s classes starting, we decided to go out on Wednesday to celebrate!
Upon arriving, we were seated promptly, with our waiter, Shaun, arriving just seconds after we had been seated. He went over the entire menu (a lot goes on here so we were confused!) and we felt like we had a great understanding of what we needed to choose.
In case you have never heard of it, The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant. You choose a cheese fondue course, an entrée course with a cooking broth, and a dessert fondue. There is also a salad portion. Now, you don’t have to get all of this, but if you choose to get all four courses, they do offer a “package” deal.
Being that cheese is a food group I must consume upteen portions of daily, the cheese fondue happened to be my favorite part. This time around, they offered a “Premium” cheese fondue sampler, which included different meats: Salami, Capicola, Italian Sausage, and another kind that I’m not sure of. Aaron and I decided on a Fiesta Cheese, with Boston Lager along with jalapenos and tomatoes mixed in. When we were given our cheese fondue (which, by the way, they make in front of you!), Shaun left us alone to enjoy with our “dippers.” Those included apples, veggies, tortilla chips, and bread. Shortly after he left, we realized we weren’t given our meat selection. The Melting Pot has a very romantic feel to it, so the waiters and waitresses typically leave you alone to enjoy your meal. I love that part, except when we needed Shaun for our meat! He finally realized he forgot it and brought it back, where he promptly gave us more cheese! Obviously we needed more since we couldn’t wait to dig in while waiting for him
No shame that we ate all of the cheese. None at all. It was spectacular and is going to be attempted at home in the near future!
The next portion of the meal would be the salad, or entrée if you chose to skip the salad. Last night, I chose to have the Caeser salad, while Aaron skipped that and went for Chicken Dumplings as his main course. I knew I would be quite full, so I stuck to a small salad instead of a large entrée.
My salad was delicious. I’m not quite sure what made it taste different, but it did. It wasn’t the typical Caesar dressing, and I’m not quite sure how I felt about it! I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. I think it took some time to get used to. Regardless, the salad hit the spot.
I asked the waiter to hold off on bringing my salad until it was time for Aaron’s entrée so we could be eating at the same time (and give me time to digest the cheese!) While I enjoyed my salad, Aaron began “cooking” his food in the broth. He decided to try to Mojo style broth which had a bit more spice to it, I believe. When you receive your food, it is all uncooked. He had a bowl of mushrooms, red potatoes, and broccoli, along with his chicken dumplings. They tell you how to cook everything, and then let you have at it! I love this part because we choose what we want to eat, when we want to cook it, etc.
Immediately after Aaron finished his entrée, we were prompted with a dessert menu. You cannot go to The Melting Pot and not end with dessert! I knew what we chose last time was delicious, so I wanted it again.
We went with “Cookies n Cream Marshmallow Dream.” When Shaun brought out the baked goods for us to enjoy it with, he also brought out Champagne for both of us! We thought that was so nice of him when he didn’t have to go anything for us!
The worst part of the dessert fondue, though, was that it was made in front of us (same as the others) but we needed to wait for it all to warm up! Those three minutes with baked goods in front of us were the worst! Lol just kidding, but really…
Our sampling of baked goods included Strawberries, Bananas, Cheesecake, Pound Cake, Brownies, and Rice Krispy Treats! Aaron was quite stuffed at this point, but I was ready to go!
Not only had Shaun treated us like royalty throughout the entire evenings, but he even brought more Rice Krispy Treats and Brownies for us to enjoy when he saw ours were gone. Funny story. Aaron’s face lit up when he saw the second round of brownies. Apparently he never saw the brownies on our original plate.. I guess I was a little to eager to enjoy those
Just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, we were presented with Chocolate Covered Strawberries as a gift before we left. He told us we were such easy customers and he couldn’t thank us enough! Really?! We can’t thank him enough! What a way to end the evening!
Aaron and I left feeling very full, but very happy. We made sure to tell one of the managers how great Shaun was and how much we enjoyed our evening!