The Melting Pot in White Plains: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011

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This is Denise de Castro of dee Cuisine sharing my experience at The Melting Pot in White Plains. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant with locations throughout 36 states in the US, as well as in Canada and Mexico. I dined here for lunch, and took advantage of the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week menu.

The Melting Pot Cheese Fondue

Lunch was only $20.00 per person and consisted of a creamy cheese fondue, fresh salad and a chocolate fondue dessert. Got an appetite? Add a petite entree for an extra $12 per person. Below is a snapshot of the menu (you can click to enlarge).

The Melting Pot HVRW menu

We ordered the Fondue à la France for starters, a California Salad, and of the 10 available chocolate fondues, we opted for the Flaming Turtle for dessert.

Quoting the menu, the Fondue à la France is a “smooth combination of baby Brie, Fontina, Gruyère and Raclette cheeses accented with Nueske’s bacon, onions, white-truffle cream and fresh chive.” The waitress brought out all the dippers (a bread basket, vegetables, and sliced apples) and the fondue ingredients to our table, set the burner, and walked us through the process of making a cheese fondue.

First she poured about 1/2 cup of white wine into the fondue pot. Then she added about a tablespoon of the bacon, onion, and truffle cream mixture into the pot. I’ll admit I was disappointed to not see chunks of bacon in the mix, nor did I taste the bacon. She then added a baby Brie and the rest of the cheeses into the pot mashing them until they melted into the mixture. She did mention the cheeses were either wine or beer-based. (Good to know). And finally, she topped it off with chives.

The cheese fondue was a bit heavy on the wine – I didn’t taste anything but the wine. My favorite dippers were the apples and the rosemary bread. I was not a fan of the packaged vegetables that was also available for dipping.

Halfway through eating the cheese fondue, we were served our the California Salad:  Mixed baby salad greens, Roma tomatoes, walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese. The salad was a decent portion of fresh greens. I didn’t care much for the Gorgonzola because I was “cheesed out” from the fondue. But overall, a decent salad.

The Melting Pot California Salad

Finally, the best course – chocolate fondue dessert. You have the option of one of 10 chocolate fondues off their menu. We picked the Flaming Turtle – Milk chocolate, caramel and chopped pecans flambéed tableside. Fortunately, we had the option of swapping out the chocolate, so we went for dark chocolate.

Similar to the serving of the cheese fondue, the waitress prepared the chocolate fondue (no wine this time). The dippers were fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispies Treats, marshmallows (plain and chocolate), pound cake and brownies.

The chocolate fondue was very sweet, for my liking – probably because of the caramel, but it was quite delicious. My favorite dippers were the fruits, marshmallows and the Krispies. Be careful not to burn your tongue when you get to the bottom of the fondue.

The Melting Pot Chocolate Fondue

Overall, a fun experience, especially at dessert. The food was good. If you run out of dippers, they’ll bring you more. I’d like to try their entrées next time. Word on the street is you should come here just for the chocolate fondue dessert.

The Melting Pot is a restaurant that I’d recommend for groups. It may take a while to agree on the type of fondue to get, but the sharing part is fun.

Tip: Sign up to be a member of Club Fondue on their website and get free chocolate fondue.

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5 Comments

  1. FYI, you only get the free chocolate fondue with the purchase of their “Big Night Out” meal, which is pretty pricey, as I recall.

  2. the melting pot in westwood, nj was the worst dining experience ive ever had, i cant imagine this location being any better. the cheese fondue was horrible, it tasted like i was dipping bread in beer. we ordered the chicken / steak / vegetable Coq au vin. again, it was like eating red wine.

    i walked out completely disgusted. we barely touched the entrees, didnt even think about desert, i just wanted to leave. i shudder when anyone suggests going there.

  3. All of the cheese fondues can be made without alcohol — ask your server to use a bouillon base instead. The Spinach and Artichoke cheese is made with the bouillon as well. If you prefer to cook your meats in non-alcohol base, choose the Mojo (citrus flair), the Court Bouillon (lightly seasoned vegetable broth) or the traditional oil (served with two batters). The Big Night Out is a four-course meal which features a culinary theme every six months (currently French flavors, will be Latin American flavors starting in April). It is a lot of food and is on the higher end of the menu — but no pricier than a four course meal at any other nice restaurant in Westchester (just under $100 for all four courses for two people). For those that don’t prefer the marinated meats on the Big Night Out — an a la carte entree menu is available as well.

  4. I love the melting pot, its really the only place I go out to eat at. I have never known anyone to not like it there. Especially if you go during happy hour, because the prices are 1/2 off. : )

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