My husband and I went to the Melting Pot in Somerville, NJ for the first time last night. It was our anniversary. Normally we won't go to a chain restaurant for our anniversary, but I LOVE fondue and we hadn't tried this place yet.
Overall, the experience was very good. We had the big four course meal, "The Big Night Out" or whatever they call it. For the cheese course, we had the Wisconsin blend of cheeses. I don't remember what all the cheeses were, but they were good if a bit bland compared to the traditional Swiss/Emmenthaler blend. They serve the cheese with Granny Smith apples, carrots, celery, cauliflower and rye/French/pumpernickel bread. The rye bread didn't really "go" with the cheese, but everything else was great, especially the apples.
For the entree, we had the lobster tail platter, which also included chicken, shrimp, pork, beef, and vegetables. We chose the Coq au Vin broth. I could have skipped this course. It was way too much food. It's a fun experience, but at 2 minutes/piece of meat, it takes awhile to eat it all, even if you dump a few pieces at a time into the broth.
For dessert, we had the flaming turtle, which was chocolate, pecans, and caramel, although I couldn't really taste the caramel. Came with strawberries, pineapple, pound cake, brownies, marshmallows, and cheesecake. That sounds like a lot, but it was really tiny pieces of poundcake and brownie, and even tiny strawberries. They offered us more fruit but we were too full to eat any more.
The worst part of the experience, I think, was the service. The server was very attentive at first, explaining everything in painful detail. She disappeared about half way thru the entree and I finally had to go up to the hostess and ask for dessert. Which the hostess also served. The original server eventually showed up in time to bring the bill.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience because it's such a novelty. I would definitely go back, but only for a la carte cheese and/or dessert.
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