The Melting Pot - New Year's Eve Review

The Melting Pot - Kennesaw Location

My husband, Dan (the Le Cordon Bleu grad), and I went to The Melting Pot's New Year's Eve event at the Kennesaw Location for my birthday (12/31). We had been once before for my college graduation party and had enjoyed it. So, here is my review!

What did you order? How was your food?

The menu was prix fixe. The restaurant offered five courses - an amuse bouche, an appetizer, a salad, an entree, and dessert. We also got the wine pairings option which gave us four wine pairings. The amuse bouche was a shrimp cocktail. We both liked it and thought the cocktail sauce was great. The wine pairing was a Gewurztraminer, one of Dan's favorites, and was matched well. Second was the entree; garlic herb cheddar fondue with a variety of breads, vegetables, and Granny Smith apples for dipping.

Fondue is the essence of The Melting Pot's experience - this is Chuck E. Cheese for grownups. You play with your food, and it's delicious. Plus, you get to watch the server mix in all the ingredients.

Salads were fresh and very good. The entree was a selection of meats - lobster tail, filet mignon, sirloin, pork, and pesto chicken. We chose coq au vin for the cooking style, and several sauces were also provided for dipping, as well as more vegetables. The entree was probably the best part, we had so much fun losing the pieces of meat and finding them with the "search and rescue" slotted spoon. The entree also came with a wine pairing.

The dessert was Snickers fondue with brownies, oreo-covered marshmallows, cheesecake, and strawberries. Very chocolaty and delicious. The wine pairing was port. I don't know how we ate dessert after all of the other courses!

Describe your impressions of the service. Was anything exceptionally good (or bad) about the quality of service you received?

The service was excellent once we got seated. There was a gift bag on our table with free spices, white chocolate fondue, and coupons. A fantastic touch.

Unfortunately, it was extremely crowded at 9 PM, and even though we made a reservation, we weren't offered a table for twenty minutes. We had a great time at the bar, though. Please don't judge the restaurant based on that, because this seating problem did not happen when we went for my graduation, so I assume it was only because it was a special occasion, and it was worth the wait.

Our server was gracious and very knowledgeable about our meal. She was humorous and chatted with us a bit, too. Then, the manager or owner came by and took two complimentary photos of us with a digital camera. He e-mailed them to us promptly. Another fun part of our experience.

What do you think of the d├ęcor and atmosphere?

Very romantic. The building is lovely, and so is the interior. The lights are dim, and jazz music played softly. I love the atmosphere.

Do you consider this a good value for the money you spent?

Yes, but it is on the pricey side. The prix fixe menu was $79 per person; with the four wine pairings, it was $99. You do get plenty of food, fun, and wine for your money. Also, we got the gift bag and the free digital photos. A more affordable option if you just want to try it is to go for dessert or appetizers. Their regular menu is great for a romantic date.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best), how would you rate this restaurant compared to the other restaurants you visit on a regular basis.

9.5 for fun fondue and romantic dates.

This restaurant is best for
• Good food • Romantic • Special Occasion

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