Skip to main content

The Melting Pot

Hyesoon and I were in the mood to talk. We decided to try The Melting Pot in midtown. It's very near campus and I've been by it dozens of times but never tried it. Fondue is a great meal for talking. Things go slowly when you cook only one or two pieces of food at a time and talk is the natural thing to do.

Their menu is much more complex than a typical fondue restaurant. They emphasize a 3/4 course meal: cheese fondue, salad, meat fondue, and possibly chocolate fondue for dessert. They have a dizzying variety of options for all the fondues.

This is our cheese fondue course. As you can see, they give you a variety of dipping items, including the traditional bread and fruit as well as some other items. The cheese fondue contains both kirchwasser and wine. We both really enjoyed the flavor of the fondue. It must have been the variety of wine they chose that gave it a very lively flavor.

Their meat fondue course can be made with the traditional oil for cooking, but they also have broth-based cooking baths. Good Marilyn was in attendance that night so I went with the broth. I had a surf and turf meat fondue: chicken, beef, and shrimp. The broth was surprisingly tasty, particularly on the shrimp; the seasonings they put into the broth are most noticeable on the shrimp. It cooks everything surprisingly fast, too.

Our chocolate fondue course had darn and white chocolate chocolate swirled in a yin-yang pattern. Sorry I didn't get a photo, but I was pretty full at that point. The presentation was very skilled and it tasted great. Once again, they gave us a wide variety of dipping items, both traditional and not-so traditional.

The Melting Pot on Urbanspoon

Comments

  1. I hate to write with a downer, but we've spotted this new site that has pilfered this and another of your recent stories, apparently in full. Were you aware of it?

    http://atlanta.the-restaurant-directory.com/atlanta-restaurant-news/

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame is in the industrial section of Marietta Bouevard. This is a quiet part of town, without the traffic and people of midtown. Olympic Flame has been here for almost fifty years. Unlike the Silver Skillet and White House, which cater to the white collar crowd, Olympic Flame is a workingman's place. You can see this as soon as you walk in to find counter service. You can also see it in the menu, which favors portable breakfast a.k.a. breakfast sandwiches. They do have a seating area with classic Greek diner decorations. (Did some salesman sweep through town and sell every Greek diner the same posters? Or is there a greekdinersupplies.com from which everyone orders their Greek Diner Wall Hangings Kit?) I decided to eat inside, so I ordered and took a table. As I waited, guys stepped up to the counter, ordered, and sat to wait for their to-go breakfasts. This is two orders, an omelet plus biscuits and gravy. The gravy was the star, made with a rich dose of chi…

Decatur: Golden Buddha

category: interesting Chinese/Korean restaurant
summary: ask for the special menu---ordering the right thing is important

Hyesoon and I went to Golden Buddha on Clairmont for dinner. I've driven by there dozens of times and never been in. Even if I had, I probably wouldn't have ordered the right things. It turns out that this restaurant has a big reputation among Georgia Tech students as a good place for Chinese/Korean food that is good and reasonable. The restaurant is totally nondescript and, like many Asian restaurants, have a special menu that they generally give to Asians but not Causasians. I suspect that some of their dishes are ho-hum, but I definitely enjoyed our meal from the special menu.
My favorite dish was the seafood soup (which, by the way, is on the regular menu).  This large bowl is a half-serving.  It is chock full of seafood, a healthy dose of noodles, and a little greenery.  The broth was delicious. It was spicy but just enough to tickle your tongue. The tas…

Decatur: Janet's Kitchen

I just enjoyed a delicious, hearty dinner at Janet's Kitchen. It is located on Clairmont near Scott Boulevard. The restaurant is well-organized for both dining in and takeout. The prices are quite reasonable, too. The owners, who are very nice people who clearly love what they do, explained that Janet is his mom and that they named the restaurant after her. My pork adobo was hearty and delicious. The sauce was tangy, nicely salty, and very, very porky. I actually ate all the beans first---creamy and delicious. The rice was sticky, all the better for sopping up gravy. I also used the buttery cornbread to soak up the sauce.