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The hubby and I were in Minneapolis last week and I’ve been wanting to visit a Melting Pot for a very long time. You definitely want to make reservations for this place as it can fill up pretty fast. If you’ve never dined at a Melting Pot, it’s fondue-inspired cuisine.
So we are seated at our table which has two burners on it and the waiter gives the schpeel on how everything works.
We’re looking over the menu deciding what we should have. I decided to go with the 4-course meal which includes cheese fondue, salad, your choice of 3 types of meat, and chocolate dessert. So we choose our cheese and they bring out this melty goodness and add some seasonings and tell us to wait until we see the steam on the sides before dipping our appetizers.
The cheese was just ok. Nothing spectacular and honestly a little bland. The pretzel bread and tortilla chips were my favorite dippers.
Next, they brought out my California salad and the oil our meats were going to cook in (you get to choose which oil you want).
The salad was absolutely delicious. It had my favorite elements of a salad, greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, crumbly cheese, candied nuts and a fruity vinaigrette dressing.
It took a little while but we finally got our meat! I had pork, shrimp, and teriyaki steak.
They also bring out a garlic dry seasoning and 6 choices for sauces.
They fill the pot with some veggies, broccoli, potatoes, and mushrooms (we didn’t want the mushrooms in ours). Then they give you instructions on how long to leave each kind of meat in the pot for. The pork was at least two minutes (mine took more like 3), the steak was 45 sec for rare, 60 sec for med rare, 90 for medium, and so on. The shrimp took a little over a minute but no more than 2 minutes.
I’ve heard some people complain about this process because you’re technically cooking your own meat. But honestly – that’s the point of this place and that’s part of the experience. And really, is it THAT difficult to stick meat on a skewer and leave it in a pot for a couple minutes?? Nope, easy peasy. My favorite dipping sauce by far was the gorgonzola dip. It went great on everything but best on the steak. I have to say the meat was good, but again, nothing spectacular as far as taste went.
Last, and by far my FAVORITE course, dessert!! I don’t usually get excited about a dessert but I knew this was going to be a good one. They have a menu of several different kinds of chocolates you can get. Since we had two burners, my husband and I each got our own choice. I went with Turtle (milk chocolate, caramel, and candied pecans) …
and hubby went with White Chocolate…
The array of desserts to dip into the chocolate was awesome!!
My favorite, which I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of, wait, yes I can because I was SOOO distracted by the deliciousness of it all, was the oreo dusted marshmallow dipped in my Turtle chocolate.
These amazing things, right here…
All in all, it was a very fun experience. Also, it was VERY expensive. I think if I do ever decide to go back, I will JUST have dessert.
If you can’t afford to dine here then you should definitely invest in a “melting pot” of your own and have your own dining experience at home. That way you can include the kids!
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