Fondue is not high on Family Chow’s list of cuisines, but it entered our radar recently because we had some celebrating to do. What better way to party than over a pot of melted chocolate? Though we denied Daughter the first thing on her birthday list this year (iPhone 4s), we were willing to fulfill her second wish… a meal at the Melting Pot. The restaurant’s Crossgates Mall location appealed to Daughter, and Dad made the reservation for midweek at 6:30.
The Melting Pot
• Food – 3.5 C’s (out of 5)
• Service – 4.5 C’s
• Family friendliness – 3.5 C’s
We arrived late, but were greeted warmly by the hostess. Our booth was private and though we could hear people nearby, we could not see other customers. It felt like we had the restaurant to ourselves, which we liked. The booths were comfortable and in the center of our table were two induction burners and metal fondue pots. Also waiting for us was a birthday card for Daughter (nice!). Clearly, another reason to choose fondue is romance … the lighting was low and the music leaned toward Frank Sinatra.
Our server, Matt, described a menu that is divided into four courses, with several options in each – cheese, salad, entrée and dessert. Instead of ordering courses separately, we opted for the Four Course Classic ($38/person). Suspecting this would be a large amount of food, Mom and Dad stuck with water while Daughter was talked into the Blackberry Sage Lemonade ($8.50!).
Matt arrived with the cheese just as we were beginning to wonder where he was. He fired up the burners and assembled the Spinach Artichoke and Cheddar Cheese fondues. The cubes of bread, apples and veggies worked well with the cheddar swiss combo while the nacho chips were best in the spinach artichoke version. We finished every drop of cheese in both pots. We weren’t quite sure if Son’s favorite was the Cheddar fondue or the pointy, color-coded forks that doubled as pretend weapons.