Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: The Melting Pot

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I’m Hilary Remsen, and I have the pleasure of being a guest blogger for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

Perhaps it is the five year old in me, still reliving the joy of watching pizza dough thrown into the air in a swirling orbit, but dining with cuisine theatrics, hibachi or any tableside cooking has always been something I enjoy.  Fondue restaurants also fascinate me, so for HVRW I went to lunch at The Melting Pot in White Plains.

The bright corridor entrance on Mamaroneck Avenue seems a ruse to the mellow low light restaurant located downstairs from street level.  Parking issues are typical of a growing city, but we were lucky to get a spot on the avenue instead of walking around from The City Center.

The Melting Pot has a generous menu for HVRW with many cheese and chocolate fondues to chose from.  For our party of two we shared one pot of cheese and one chocolate, therefore we needed to agree on which to order. With so many delicious choices and limited time for lunch, I preordered when I made our reservation for our Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue to be ready upon our arrival, a suggestion I saw on their website.  Although it was not waiting for us, there was no delay as we were seated and our server went straight to work preparing our fondue. She discussed the Gruyere and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses and how the burners built into the table worked while adding white wine, garlic, nutmeg and Kirschwasser.  Our cheese fondue was accompanied with dishes of granny smith apples pieces, three different varieties of breads that had been cubed and vegetables including carrots, cauliflower, and celery.

The Spinach and Mushroom Salad was served between the two fondue courses irresistibly layered with baby spinach, Portobello mushrooms, bacon, tiny chopped tomatoes, and red onion that was drizzled with warm balsamic vinaigrette and dusted with freshly ground pepper.  The salad had just the right amount of zing and crunch to cleanse and stimulate the palate.

Our chocolate fondue, The Flaming Turtle with milk chocolate, caramel and chopped pecans was flambéed tableside celebrating that theatrical presentation I adore.  For Dipping and spooning the molten chocolate concoction we were offered a divine variety of strawberries, bananas, pound cake cubes, brownie bites, and marshmallows coated with either graham crackers or chocolate cookie crumbs.

Throughout lunch our server, Sonia was informative, polite, efficient and friendly.  The restaurant was immaculate, comfortable and the food was fresh and delicious.  They are certainly showcasing what they do best for HVRW, offering the wide variety of their menu of scrumptious food at a great value.

The menu:

The White Plains Melting Pot Restaurant
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
March 22nd – April 3rd, 2009
$20.09 per person Lunch Three Course Menu
Cheese Fondue
The cheese fondue course is accompanied by our fresh baked breads,
vegetables and apples for dipping.
Salad Course
Each of you will enjoy one of our lively gourmet salads.
Ask your server for salad descriptions.
Chocolate Fondue
Dessert fondue is served with fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake,
brownies, pound cake and marshmallows.
$28.09 per person Dinner Three Course Menu
Salad Course
Each of you will enjoy one of our lively gourmet salads.
Ask your server for salad descriptions.
The Main Course
Filet Mignon, Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin, Shrimp and Boneless Breast of Chicken
The main course will be accompanied by Summer Squash, Broccoli,
Fancy Button Mushrooms, Red Bliss Potatoes & A variety of dipping sauces.
Chocolate Fondue
Dessert fondue is served with fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake,
brownies, pound cake and marshmallows.
Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in above pricing

The 411 on The Melting Pot.

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10 Comments

  1. OMG!!! Hilary, your description is drivimg me nuts! Can’t wait to go back to the Melting Pot again…1st went to a Melting Pot in Florida many years ago and it’s only gotten better! Can’t wait to hear which restaurant you visit next!

  2. My daughter and her friends like this place, and I tried to convince her to with them for lunch today. Unfortunately, she does not eat “real” chocolate, so she would have to get the white chocolate fondue, and her friends do not eat white chocolate, and I guess there is only one fondue burner per table so everyone has to agree on the same thing. Obviously this isn’t a problem for most, since these restaurants seem to do pretty well. But it causes a problem for her (when they go there normally, she just has the cheese fondue and salad and they get dessert).

  3. Hilary Remsen on

    Bill, although our table for two had the just one, The Melting Pot does have tables for groups with multiple burners. I had the pleasure to enjoy a night out with seven of my Moms Group recently and we had three burners and hence quite a variety for everyone!
    I hope this encourages your daughter to try it, she might enjoy the Banana Foster or the all white chocolate fondue so much you’ll be going every month.

  4. Hilary your description of the food was on the mark. The girls in my office went there for the “Girls Night Out” which is a Monday night promo that they have each week and we had a great time. Our table had 3 burners for 12 people so we were able to have several choices for each course. All of our choices were delicious. The food was fresh and the service was great. The drinks were expertly prepared and the selection of drink choices was vast. We liked the Love Martini and the Apple Martinis.The wine by the glass selection was also very good. The table was set up so everyone had good views of each other so no one was in Siberia which is a major plus when you have a big group. We did not have one complaint and that is amazing for 12 women!!!!

  5. Hilary, thanks for the info on larger tables. Sadly, my daughter would be eating there with a party of 3, which would not likely justify a bigger table. And the dessert fondues are sold for more than one person so it makes no sense to get a separate one for just one person. I wonder what they would do for RW if people at the table wanted something different. Do they require that everyone get the same thing? It did not say so on the online menu.

  6. Hilary Remsen on

    Bill what a great question, I would love to know what the restaurant would recommend in that case. Perhaps I’ll have to go back this week, maybe for dinner this time and find out. Thank you for giving me an excuse to go back again so soon!

  7. Hilary, the five year old in me is now screaming “I wanna go there!” My husband and I have thought about going to the Melting Pot for a while now, and I think your review just sealed the deal. The salad, although not what a fondue restaurant would be known for, sounds and looks (thanks for the photo) delicious! The dessert menu has my mouth watering… Who wouldn’t like dipping food into bubbling oil, cheese or chocolate? I’m going to call the babysitter.

  8. Hilary, after loosing myself in your mouth watering description of The Melting Pot, I already secured reservations for dinner with friends which sounds like it will be a vacation for our palate and spirit.

  9. HIlary, Your humorous and fresh descriptions of the Melting Pot menu were so vivid I can’t wait to go there. Kent

  10. The fondues sound
    delicious and the
    menu very interesting.Will
    certainly try it
    soon.

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