Melting Pot

Written by on January 15, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(meltingpot.com) – Lower Queen Anne

Melting Pot

How I heard of this place: When a fondue shop, cheese and chocolate come to town, there is no way I would not hear about it! For years, Jenna and I would celebrate birthday’s, evenings out and just-for-the-heck-of-it snacks at the Melting Pot.

Melting Pot

Type of cuisine: Everything made and served by diners and wait-staff at your table! From cheese to salads (prepared in the kitchen), oil for the main entree, and chocolate, melted, gooey, delicious and hot until the last bite.

Melting Pot

Ambiance: Dark, dimly lit interior with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Granite-top tables in the bar and at booths with cozy leather covered seats.

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A beautiful fireplace welcomes diners into the warm embrace of the establishment.

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Booths separate the space to create more intimacy for each party, where laughter, joy and fondue are shared.

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What I ordered: Our party of six made our way to the Melting Pot after the opera to indulge our sweet tooths! The occasion warranted three dessert fondues ($18-$20 each) to satisfy each of our taste buds: one Cookies ‘n Cream Marshmallow Dream, where dark chocolate was topped with marshmallow cream, flambéed, swirled together and garnished with crushed Oreo® cookies. Another, the Yin & Yang, half dark chocolate and half white chocolate artfully swirled for a perfect balance of flavors. Finally, the Chocolate S’mores, sweet milk chocolate topped with marshmallow cream, flambéed and garnished with graham cracker pieces. Each fondue was accompanied by graham cracker and Oreo cookie covered marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, brownie squares, pound cake cubes and a bowl of bread (at our request).

On a return visit, 7 August 2015: We returned for a night out with out-of-town friends, to indulge our tastebuds and our senses! We started with Bacon & Jalapeño cheese ($9.75/person),

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followed by salad, Caesar’s all around ($6.95): crisp romaine lettuce, shredded Parmesan cheese, crispy croutons and an added touch of Parmesan-encrusted pine nuts, tossed with Caesar dressing

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followed by cheese, the Classic Alpine ($9.50 per person): Aged Gruyère, Raclette and fontina cheeses blended with white wine and fresh garlic and finished with a dash of nutmeg

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then chocolate: The Flaming Turtle ($8.50): fondue candy, an irresistible combination of milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans flambéed tableside,

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and ended with a last round of cheese: Top Shelf Fiesta ($8.95 per person): aged, medium-sharp cheddar, Corona®, 1800® Reposado, cilantro, salsa, lime and a jalapeño blend. Yes.

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On a return visit, 23 September 2016Returning for a twin birthday celebration with some of my oldest (long-time) friends, we indulged in more cheese – salad – cheese – chocolate and an intention to do one more round of cheese before we had a couple of party poopers nix it.

First, Bacon & Jalapeño ($10.25 per person), a smoky and spicy medley of Gruyère, Raclette, Fontina cheeses melted with white wine, bacon, jalapeños, shallots, garlic.

Melting Pot QA Bacon & Jalapeno

Our next course, salad, I opted for a new-to-me (on the menu) Avocado Citrus Salad ($7.95) with mixed greens, hearts of palm, tomatoes, rainbow carrots, avocado and creamy citrus dressing.

Melting Pot QA Avocado Citrus Salad

Our next cheese course included the (again, new-to-me) Artisanal Dipper ($5.95 per plate; we ordered two), complementing our cheese fondue with a selection of hand-cut premium cured meats.

Melting Pot QA Charcuterie

It complemented the Classic Alpine ($10.25 per person), a rich, sweet-yet-earthy combination including Gruyere, Raclette, and Fontina melted with white wine, garlic, fresh nutmeg.

Melting Pot QA Classic Alpine

One of our favorite things, across the board at our table were these novel Sweetie Drop Miniature Peppers from the Peruvian Amazon, slightly pickled yet still sweet, with a fun burst upon biting into one.

Our final course, the Mint Chocolate Chip Fondue ($9.75 per person), a creamy, refreshing fondue in which we substituted Dark Chocolate for the White, melted with crème de menthe, and topped with dark chocolate shavings.

Melting Pot QA Mint Dark Chocolate Chip

Another thing new: no more cheesecake bites for dipping. Sad. But at least they figured out to cut thicker slices of banana so they stay on the fondue forks better. Also, an addition of chocolate chip blondie/cookie/brownie-thing, and pineapple! The sweetest pineapple I had had in years. Well done, Melting Pot.

While I failed to capture it on camera, our birthday gift from the Melting Pot was a plate of six Chocolate Covered Strawberries, half white with milk chocolate drizzle, the other half dark with milk chocolate drizzle. Yum.

What I loved: I was quite surprised to find that my favorite of the three chocolate fondues was the Yin & Yang. While the white chocolate could have been eliminated completely, the dark chocolate was perfectly bitter and sweet at the same time! The cookies & cream came in second with the flambéed marshmallows and dark chocolate goodness. I enjoyed the s’mores, but found it overly sweet for my tastes on this evening.

Melting Pot

Why I loved it: I always love the simplicity of this fancy fare, where everyone is happy, enjoying the creamy, smooth flavors of various chocolates, as well as the sultry, romantic mood of the ambiance.

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Cost: High ($10-$12 per person for the three, shared dessert fondues)

 

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