Monday, July 25, 2011

Dinner and Drinks at The Melting Pot

Coupons make meals taste better. Especially when that meal consists of melted cheese and hot, gooey chocolate.

About a week ago, two of my former co-workers and I had a long overdue dinner together at The Melting Pot in Burlington. One of my fellow diners had purchased a Buy With Me coupon to The Melting Pot previously - she paid $50, but it was good toward $100 worth of food and drink - and she was kind enough to use it toward our dinner. We also happened to go on Ladies' Night Out, so there were some additional specials we got to partake in. Score!

The Ladies' Night Out menu lets you choose from a salad, a cheese fondue, a chocolate fondue and a signature drink for $25 per person (there are also other options available, but this was the one we chose).

To start, I had a glass of pinot grigio (based off memory, it was $5-7).

For my salad, I had the California Salad, made with mixed baby greens, Roma tomatoes, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese with raspberry black walnut vinaigrette. The salad was surprisingly spectacular - well dressed, and not overpowered by the gorgonzola, as some restaurant salads easily can be. 

For our cheese fondue, we ordered the Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue made with fontina, Butterkäse and buttermilk bleu cheeses with white wine, scallions and a hint of sherry.

The fondue came with hunks of bread, apples, and raw veggies for dipping.

The cheese dip was intensely flavorful, although when we got closer to the bottom, all we could taste was the wine (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

For dessert, we all split the Yin & Yang fondue, which is prepared with half dark chocolate and half white chocolate - a divine combination.

Our chocolate fondue came with an array of decadent dessert dippers, including banana slices, strawberries, brownies, marshmallows and Rice Krispies Treats. 

I loved the sweet, sultry combination of the white chocolate with the dark chocolate. I’m not a huge dessert person, but I found the bite-sized desserts mixed with the silky chocolate was a perfect ending to a fun, satisfying meal.

The service at The Melting Pot was nothing spectacular, but our experience overall was a positive one (our waiter did also put birthday candles in a few of our desserts, since we all celebrate July birthdays). Dinner and drinks at The Melting Pot can be expensive, but, thankfully, my friend’s coupon made our meal basically free. Plus, who doesn’t like to have a little melted cheese for dinner?

What's your opinion of The Melting Pot? Do you think a meal there is worth the financial splurge?

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  1. I have never been, but have heard so many mixed reviews I am not sure I'd chose to splurge here over somewhere else!

  2. I actually have a gift certificate to Melting Pot from the Boston Food Bloggers launch party that I never used! I'll have to remember to use it sometime.

  3. We love going there, but honestly the service and the food quality don't justify their relatively expensive prices. We typically only go when we have a coupon, or one of the deal certificates as you used.

    There's no reason why we couldn't replicate the experience easily at home, but we just never seem to do so. Next time we have a Melting Pot craving I'll have to be strong and force us to try it ourselves.

  4. I agree that there are many mixed reviews! It does make for a fun night out, but definitely not something I can afford on a regular basis. And homemade fondue is delish, too! ;)

  5. The first Melting Pot I went to was in Philly, and I loved it. But after that I haven't had a great experience at any of them. That makes me really sad because a huge vat of chocolate should always be a good draw.

  6. how mutch are the regular drinks? ima go for my boyfriends birthday.

  7. @Kit Kat, I can't remember the exact price, but they tend to be around $8-$9+. Hope that helps!