The Melting Pot – Novi Style

Yesterday, Dean and I headed over to the Melting Pot after our visit to the park.  I was super hungry after our stroll through the woods.  I noticed during the week that the Melting Pot in Novi is now open at noon on Saturday and Sunday, so I was determined to finally try making my own fondue concoctions. 

We arrived at the restaurant a little bit after 12.  I was a bit put off by the hostess, who seemed a little annoyed that we didn't have reservations.  Like we actually needed them in this economy!  We were seated in the first room off of the bar area.

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We decided to get the Fondue Feast, Mojo style.

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I loved the coffee service set! 

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I didn't love how long it took to get refills. 

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Raw ingredients, prepare to be skewered!

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We opted for the Fiesta cheese for our appetizer, because it seemed like it could be a bit spicy.  It was a tad zippy, but that was all.  It also looked like a bowl of vomit, but we didn't let that stop us from eating it all.

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Here is a plate of things to dip into the cheese.  Chips, bread, apples, veggies.  I liked the chips the best.  Go figure.

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Here is the uninspiring salad.  It is the Southwestern Cobb, the featured salad for the Big Night Out Fondue Feast.  If I go again,  I will try the California Salad.  It's not like I am a big salad fan to begin with, but this was just too bland.

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Ah! A plate of raw meat!  There's pork, shrimp, beef, salmon, and chicken.  And some cheese ravioli!  A meager three for each of us.  If you don't like to sit in front of a platter of raw food, you don't want to eat here.

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Here are some of the dipping sauces supplied with the meal.  The only one that I tried of these three was the yellow, which was curry. The others were teriyaki and sweet and sour, both of which I don't care for.

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Better make sure you bring something to keep time with! The meat has to cook from 2 to 2.5 minutes, and they don't supply stop watches!  I wish they supplied more than two skewers, because with two per person, it took over 2 and a half hours for us to eat lunch.

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Dessert!  We ordered the Cherries Jubilee, which was a dark chocolate with cherries.  It's available for a limited time, so I thought it would be fun to try.  Here is a picture of the sweets you get to dip into the chocolate - banana slices, strawberries, marshmallows, sponge cake, and cheese cake.   Oh, and rice crispy treats, too!

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Waiting on a convenient ledge for a table.

Over all, I thought that the Melting Pot was very overpriced for what you receive.  Sure, it was fun to stab our food and dip it into the boiling liquids, but not enough to justify the price.  It was a hundred bucks (with tip) for lunch!  No real lunch menu, either.  And make sure that you have a lot of time, because this is not something you can rush through.  I was getting a little antsy near the end, though I do have a shorter attention span than most, otherwise I wouldn't be compelled to photograph fashion dolls in public while waiting for my meals.  The service was good, but not stellar - it took forever to receive refills on my coffee.

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