Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Melting Pot

A Fondue Restaurant

This restaurant just opened at Carousel Center, 306 Hiawatha Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13204.  We took the kids here this past Sunday. 

The Melting Pot offers attentive service, fine wines, the highest quality fresh  ingredients, a variety of cooking styles, unique sauces and chocolate fondue. 

We had the best time here.  The waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable.  If she didn't know the answer, she went and got it quickly.  We actually gave her the standard 15% tip because she was so good. 

So we ordered the Cheese Fondue.  This comes with rustic artisan breads, fresh vegetables, and crisp Granny Smith Apples.  You can choose one cheese fondue per cooktop at your table.   Yes, they actually prepare the fondue right at your table and tell you step by step what they are adding. 

The Cheese Fondue

Our choice of cheeses were

Cheddar Cheese Fondue:  Aged medium-sharp cheddar and Emmanthaler Swiss cheeses melt beautifully with lager beer, garlic and seasonings.

Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue:  Rich Fontina and Butterkase join buttermilk bleu cheese, white wine, scallions and a hint of sherry. 

We did not think to ask the waitress before we ordered if they had a gluten-free menu.  As she was pouring the beer base into the cheese mix, my son says "  I can't have that kind and told her he was allergic to gluten.   She then asked if we would like to have her make it gluten-free.  My son told her no, he could eat the other choice.  After a few dips into the Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue, our daughter decided that the taste of wine was overbearing.  She was right.  We then asked our waitress if they made the cheeses without alcohol.  She said yes then asked if we would like her to make a new batch without the wine. She did so and brought us out even more dippers.   The non-alcoholic dip  is made with a vegetable broth and was even more delicious.  For the four of us it was $64 so being a little expensive, this will be a place we return to when we can splurge.  The next time we go, it will be for the Chocolate Fondue.

Remember, they have a Gluten-free and Alcohol free menu!


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1 comment:

  1. Great review, but her service was so wonderful that you " actually gave her the standard 15% tip"? 15% is what I tip for mediocre service. Great service is worth at least more than 20%. But good for you for "thinking" you tipped her well...