FOOD: The Melting Pot

The Melting PotPublic fondue-ing can be a slightly intimidating experience to a first-timer, but that is part of the adventure and fun of it! Becky Chapman, owner of The Melting Pot, commented, “the first time you eat here is so different from any other restaurant.”

Everything is prepared at the table, so an average meal for two at the The Melting Pot can last an hour and half or longer. People should feel welcome to stay because as Chapman explained, “It’s a dining experience…your food and entertainment rolled into one.”

I was excited to get started on my own dining experience. Our waitress, Nancy, was like a tour guide in the land of fondues, giving us any guidance needed. She recommended the heat settings for our fondues and provided guidance whenever we seemed lost.

The opening course consisted of a fresh Caesar salad—with Parmesan, crispy croutons, pine nuts and a sweetly flavored Caesar dressing. For the second course, we ordered the spinach artichoke cheese fondue, hich included light and buttery Fontina and Butterkase cheeses which became softer and creamier as they melted in the pot.

The main event was our third course. We had trouble deciding as there were so many options: Surf and Turf, Good Earth Vegetarian, Steak Lovers. Eventually we chose the French Quarter which offered a sampling of chicken, filet mignon, shrimp and sausage all with Cajun spices, and cooked in a Court Bouillon broth. A spread of vegetables was also brought to our table. Cooking the main dish right at the table ensured that the filet mignon, potatoes and mushrooms were all cooked to personal perfection. The variety of sauces provided were fun to mix and match and the yellow yogurt curry sauce added an especially nice kick of spiciness to the vegetables.

For dessert, the crème brulee came with a picturesque presentation of strawberries, bananas, miniature brownies, rice krispies and cheesecake. All were delicious and hard to stop eating. Despite feeling full, I ended the four-course experience by dipping one last miniature Rice Krispy treat into the fondue and then giggled at how ridiculously over the top it was. After all, that’s the pleasure of fondue!

The Melting Pot caters special events, birthdays, anniversaries and romantic nights out. Let them plan your next event as a number of special packages are available to accommodate your celebration. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for parties of seven or more.

4 East Sheridan Avenue, Bricktown, Oklahoma City
Mon-Thu 4–10 pm,
Fri-Sat 11:30 am–11 pm,
Sun 11:30 am–10 pm.
For reservations call 235-1000.

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