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.
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).
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.
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.
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.