Report Card: The Melting Pot

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Overall Grade A+

 

The Breakdown:

Before we get to the breakdown, I should mention that we dined at the Dayton location, but frequent the Columbus location.  This review can be considered to be valid for both locations – awesome is awesome, no matter where it’s at.

Atmosphere:  Grade A+:  It would be difficult for a restaurant to provide a better atmosphere that The Melting Pot, if you’re out dining with your significant other.  The tables and chairs/booths are very comfortable and clean.  The layout of the restaurant is such that once seated at your table, you cannot see any of the other diners unless you stand up or go to the bathroom.  The provides a very nice, quiet, and intimate setting.  This is one of the reasons why we gave The Melting Pot top honors as “Best Date Restaurant” on our Honor Roll.  If you’re dating someone special, or are like me and have found someone special and just want to show her you appreciate her, then The Melting Pot is a must.  You will eat, you will talk, and you will have a great time.  What you do after dessert is your business.

High marks:  Clean, quiet, and intimate

Low marks:  Seclusion can make getting your server’s attention a little difficult, but you probably won’t need them anyway

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Service:  Grade A:  It is a little hard to grade The Melting Pot in this category.  One of the main attractions of the restaurant is the privacy and intimacy the setting provides, but the drawback is that your server might not be immediately available.  As long as you’re not needy, you’ll be fine.  We give the “A” to The Melting Pot because it is so unique of an experience that some instruction by the server is required to pull it off.  Our server explained the menu and how to order, and once the food started to arrive made sure we were comfortable on how to cook each course.  Our drinks were kept full, and our server popped in just enough to make sure we had everything we needed, but kept away long enough for us to enjoy each other’s company.   The courses were paced nicely, but those of you who are unfamiliar with enjoying fondue, you should know that you cannot rush it.  Each course is its own event, so don’t rush – just enjoy it.

High marks:  Good service, minimal wait for drinks and food, server was not oppressive

Low marks:   Not for those who are in a rush

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A+:  bannner-fourcourses

The food at The Melting Pot is top notch.  This is my favorite place to take Katina because I know she is going to love it, and if she’s happy…well, you know the rest.  So, we’ll cover the meal in the order in which we ate it.  First, the Spirits:  The Melting Pot has a robust wine list, but we went with some cocktails instead – namely, the Southern Honey Smash and the Wildberry Margarita.  Both were fantastic.  A word of caution to those of you who are lightweights:  your meal will take a while to complete; make sure you pace yourselves or else you’ll find yourself smashed.  Second, the Cheese:  Your appetizer at The Melting Pot is a cheese fondue.   There are five to choose from and I imagine they are all terrific.  I can tell you for certain that the cheddar and the fiesta cheese fondue will both curl your toes in ecstasy.  You will be provided various breads and veggies to dip in the cheese, as well as apples (I know, I thought “yuck” until I tasted it – yummy!).  Third, the Salad:  Okay, so there’s not too much exciting about a salad.  The ones at The Melting Pot are well prepared.  Make sure your server brings you the Garlic and Wine Seasoning for your salad (this powder contains various seasonings, as well as some magic ingredient that makes anything you put it on delicious).  Make sure you don’t let the server take the seasoning away after the salads are done, you’ll want it again for the entrée.  Fouth, the Entrée:  So, first you’ll need to pick your cooking “style,” which really means what type of oil/broth you’re going to cook with.  Every server we’ve had at The Melting Pot has recommended seasoned bouillon.  However, I’ll let you in on a secret…lean closer so I can whisper it in your ear…that’s good…get the mojo style.  It’s a Caribbean style with just a little “oomph.”   Next, you have to pick your entrée.  Katina selected the fondue delight, probably because she thinks it is her responsibility to eat every lobster that she comes across.  I chose the steak lover’s.  Look at the menu on their website for details, but the gist of it is you get lots of different pieces of meat to cook.  It doesn’t look like a lot when they bring it out, but you’ll be stuffed when you’re finished.  You also get a bunch of sauces to dip your cooked meat in, but I humbly suggest you also douse whatever you’re going to stick in your mouth with the Garlic and Wine Seasoning that you hopefully made the server leave at the table after you finished your salads.  You also get some veggies and mushrooms, but who really cares, right.  Now that you’ve dispatched your entrée, you should start feeling a little tight in the beltline, but you’re not done yet.  We have saved the best for last:  dessert.  There are a variety of chocolate preparations to choose from, and we can personally attest to the fact that the Bananas Foster and the Flaming Turtle are insanely delicious.  Once you’ve finished dipping the strawberries, brownie bits, marshmallows, cheesecake, and rice crispy treat pieces in the chocolate and your eyes stop rolling in the back of your head, go ahead and spoon any left-over chocolate out on your plate and lick it clean.  Remember the private booths?  No one’s gonna see you.  You paid for it – just don’t lick it out of the pot directly because it’s freaking hot.

High marks:  All courses are amazing

Low marks:  There are only 4 courses

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Value:  Grade B+:  I would love to give The Melting Pot an “A+” in this category, but I will be frank:  if you do it right, you’re dropping at least one Ben Franklin and spending at least an hour on the meal.  Plus you are cooking your own food, essentially.  We are completely fine with that, but some might not see the value.

High marks:  You will leave stuffed

Low marks:  You will leave poorer and at least an hour older, but it’s worth it

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