Yipee! It’s my birthday today! Happy happy joy joy! I’m so glad my birthday falls on a Saturday this year because that means I get to spend my whole day with the hubby and kiddies 😀 Plus, my in-laws are coming into town to celebrate with me too. How cool are they?! The hubby and I knew we wouldn’t be alone this weekend so we decided to celebrate last weekend. Have any of you ever heard of The Melting Pot? This is Edmonton’s newest fondue restaurant. It may be old news to those of you in the States but this restaurant just opened about a month ago here so we decided to give it a try. Apparently we’re also the first and only city in Canada (so far) that this American franchise has opened in.
Gary and I decided to order the Big Night Out. This was a set four course meal which included a Feng Shui cheese fondue, lettuce wraps, an entrée big enough for two people to share, and a chocolate fondue. If you’re interested in the menu and prices click on this link and then menu.
Our first course was called the Feng Shui Cheese Fondue. The ingredients of the fondue included white wine, mirin, sake, Gruyere cheese, horseradish, and chive Havarti. Along side the fondue the server also brought us some Granny Smith apples, carrots, celery, cauliflower, and bread to dip. The Granny Smith apples were my favorite as the acidity helped to mellow out the rice wine. Everything you see in the picture below was to share between the two of us.
Our second course was the lettuce wraps. This included cucumber, carrots, bean sprouts, mint, and honey roasted almonds served with a mandarin orange-ginger dressing and a garlic wine seasoning. I really enjoyed this dish because it helped lighten the strong alcohol taste still left over from the cheese fondue. The almonds were a perfect ingredient as they added the perfect crunch to these wraps. I tried one wrap plain (without the dressing or garlic wine seasoning), one wrap with just the mandarin orange-ginger dressing, and one wrap with both the dressing and seasoning. I enjoyed the wrap with both the dressing and seasoning the most. Each person got their own plate like this:
Our entrée came out with this little contraption. Guess it was just to keep the broth from spilling.
For the entrée you get to choose one of four cooking styles. We chose the Coq au Vin which included herbs, mushrooms, garlic, spices and burgundy wine.
And we went with the Lobster Indulgence for the third course. This dish was to be shared between the two of us. It included two lobster tails, citrus-infused pork tenderloin, Ahi tuna, garlic chili chicken breast, kiwi lime shrimp, vegetable dumplings, potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, and broccoli.
It also came with an array of dipping sauces. Sorry, I can’t remember any of the names.
The plate that they bring you is perfect for this entrée.
I was a little disappointed with this entrée as it’s supposed to be the main dish but I found that the food was a bit bland. The lobster was the biggest disappointment due to the lack of succulent seafood taste. I could have steamed a lobster at home and gotten better taste out of it. I don’t think I could choose a favorite out of this dish as everything tasted just blah to me.
Finally, what I’ve been waiting for all night….DESSERT! We went with the Yin Yang chocolate fondue. Half dark chocolate and half white chocolate. I’m a huge fan of white chocolate. I swear I could have just eaten that plain by the spoonfuls. MMM..MMM GOOD!
This dessert came with (from bottom going clockwise) some pineapples, cheesecake, pound cake (on both sides of the cheesecake), bananas, strawberries and coated marshmallows (middle). This was way more than enough dessert for the two of us.
The marshmallows were my least favorite as they were too sweet, and I’ve got quite a sweet tooth. I’d have to say I liked the bananas the most. Oh and because I love white chocolate, we tried to keep the chocolates from mixing so I found that the strawberries with the dark chocolate were the perfect match.
So all in all Gary and I both enjoyed the experience, but for the price (our bill came to about $150) we agreed that this would be a “special occasion” type restaurant for us. The service was great, and with all the different dishes and sauces, the waiters/waitresses definitely have their work cut out for them. Also I should add that it took us about three hours to finish our meal, and we had reservations too. The time flew by fairly quickly though. So if you’re planning to try out this restaurant, allow yourself at least 2 and a half hours to spare. The only big complaint I had was that the restaurant was a bit too dark for my liking. I hate dark restaurants. Other than that, it was a great experience. The Melting Pot is located at:
#117 2920 Calgary Trail NW
Edmonton, AB T6J 2G8
If you missed my last post and you want a great “food read’, be sure to check out this spectacular post written by Valerie @ A Canadian Foodie. Best blog post I’ve read so far. If you’re here looking for your blogger award that I notified you about then click here. And don’t forget to check in on my giveaways page every now and then. Well I’m off to enjoy the rest of my weekend with my family and some friends visiting from Vietnam. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Until next time friends and family.