Melt Into Bliss
At The Melting Pot
By Tricia & Jen /
Located just south of
the Long Island Expressway, the Melting Pot in Farmingdale
had us melting into bliss as soon as we walked in the door.
Classy and sophisticated in appearance with shades of maroon,
forest, navy and slate gray, the ambience of the fondue restaurant
had us relaxed and comfortable before we had even ordered
After walking past the extensive wine cellar, we were seated
in a cozy booth with two heated surfaces for our fondues.
The tops of our cushiony seats were high enough to block out
the noise from other guests, leaving us feeling like we were
dining in a private room of our own.
The Melting Pot experience is broken into four courses
a cheese fondue, a salad, an entrée and a chocolate
fondue for dessert which can be ordered individually
or in a package known as the Big Night Out ($86-$96), which
we opted for.
We chose to start with the Caribbean Cheese Fondue. Our waitress
prepared the fondue tableside while we watched, mixing white
wine, pineapple juice, garlic and spicy Peppadew peppers in
with the melted gouda and gran queso cheeses. The fondue was
then topped off with a generous helping of scallions and a
zest of fresh lime. Served individually, the cheese fondue
serves one to two for $16 and costs $8 for each additional
We feasted on the fondue by sticking fresh chunks of rye and
pumpernickel, crisp, crunchy veggies and juicy apple slices
onto our skewers and then dipping them into the cheese. Zesty
and piquant with a bit of a kick, the fondue had us melting
in our seats with its delectable taste. Dipped in cheese,
the apples and veggies were warm and spicy on the outside
and cool and refreshing on the inside.
For our next course we ordered the Spinach Mushroom Salad,
made with large, fresh spinach leaves, Portobello mushrooms,
Roma Tomatoes, red onion and chopped bacon. The dressing,
a warm, tangy Burgundy Shallot Vinaigrette, complemented the
greens in a heavenly way. Served individually, the salads
cost $6 each.
For our entrée we choose the Lobster Indulgence, one
of three featured selections available off of the Big Night
Out menu. Our waitress brought out a platter loaded with twin
lobster tails, jerk seasoned sirloin, vanilla rum chicken,
marinated pork tenderloin, zesty peppered shrimp, butternut
squash ravioli and fresh vegetables that we were to cook ourselves
in one of the two pots we had ordered. The first cooking style
we chose was the Mojo Style ($6), bouillon seasoned Carribean-style
with hints of garlic, orange and lime; the other was the Coq
au Vin ($6), burgundy wine flavored with fresh herbs, spices,
garlic and mushrooms. Both cooking styles were prepared tableside
by our waitress.
We loaded our skewers up with the raw meat, poultry and seafood
and let each piece cook for approximately a minute and a half
to two minutes each. While we waited, we tossed in pieces
of squash, red potatoes, broccoli and mushroom caps the
fresh vegetables served with our entrée.
A vast selection of dips came with our entrée, including
a bold teriyaki sauce, a curry dip, a light and sweet ginger
plum sauce, a spicy cocktail sauce, a fruity, invigorating
mango BBQ sauce, a gorgonzola port and Melting Pots
famous green goddess sauce, a mix of sour cream, cream cheese,
onion, chives and parsley that perfectly complements the vegetables.
After cooking our sirloin, we dipped it into the gorgonzola
port and teriyaki sauces. The steak was spicy, well-seasoned,
juicy and bursting with flavor. The pork was tender and succulent,
and the chicken, which we ate with a dash of the mango BBQ
sauce and the ginger plum, was savory. The butternut squash
ravioli was creamy and rich on the inside with a soft and
appetizing pasta shell, and the shrimp dipped into the spicy
cocktail sauce had us drooling for more. But it was the lobster
that put us over the edge. No words can do justice to the
lobster chunks, which were served well with cocktail sauce
or on its own. The lumps of lobster were luscious and oozing
with flavor, with a kick in each bite that will definitely
have us coming back to the Melting Pot for more.
We finished off our entrée with the cooked vegetables,
which had really soaked up the flavors of the cooking styles
in which they boiled. The curry sauce revved up the taste
of the squash and the broccoli, while the mushrooms caps tasted
divine stuffed with the green goddess dip.
Although we were satisfied after our entrée, we were
still hungering for the dessert a pot of the Yin &
Yang chocolate fondue, one of Melting Pots most popular
dessert fondues. Served half with dark chocolate and half
with white chocolate, the fondue came out in the pattern of
a yin and yang and was artfully swirled and balanced.
The fondue came with fresh strawberries and bananas, brownies,
Oreo and graham cracker-covered marshmallows, rice krispees,
pound cake and a large slice of cheesecake topped with a chocolate-dipped
cherry. The dark chocolate was rich and bold and the white
chocolate was sweet and creamy. The strawberries were our
favorite to dip, but the other dippers were just as magical.
Each piece melted in our mouths and had us Mmm-ing
with each bite. Served individually, the chocolate fondue
costs $16 for a small and $32 for a regular.
The Melting Pot experience is unforgettable and unsurpassable.
If youre looking for a place that will have you melting
into ecstasy, look no further.
2377 Broad Hollow Rd. (Route 110)
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Atmosphere: Classy, Sophisticated
Hours: Monday - Thursday
5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. - 11p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.