About a month ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of celebrating a friend of ours birthday, Scott Hutslar. His wife, Teresa decided on The Melting Pot. We had heard people speak of the Melting Pot, but we had never been. We decided to go their website and immediately we were intrigued.
The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant, basically what fondue means is there is a heated pot that is placed in the center of each table. The waiter creates dips and/or broths for you to dip or cook your own food. This is very fun and engaging.
The birthday dinner included 5 couples, the Hutslar's, the Marcell's, the Campbell's, the Stelly's and us the Dumas'. The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant as I stated earlier that is located in Baton Rouge, LA. The restaurant offers a unique cooking style, with a variety of entree items, delicious salads and desserts that are to die for.
Our journey to the Melting Pot was not in the best weather conditions, but nothing would keep this group of people from attending this birthday celebration. Upon arrival into the restaurant for seating, we were seated in a booth area that was big enough for our party. The seating arrangements was open but yet private at the same time.
On the table there was a nice birthday card that was placed in the crevice of the pot for Scott. What a nice touch from the restaurant to start the evening.
Everyone decided to do the Four Course Classic. The Four Course Classic allows you to create your fondue experience with fondue favorites and a chef selected entree. This gives you the complete dining experience of a complete fondue experience from one course to the next. You might say, what is she talking about? I'm glad that you asked, each course delivers four delicious meal choices that will leave you salivating and talking about this event for days and days to come.
We were a table of 10 so there were 3 pots on our table. Two couples shared the middle pot, one couple was on the left and two couples on the right. Pictured above is the broth that is used to start the first course, which is the cheese fondue. The picture of the cheese is pictured below, the fiesta cheese is what everyone decided on. Pictured above is the Broth that starts the cheese fondue.
There were so many different cheeses to choose from, Spinach Artichoke Cheese, Fiesta Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Wisconsin Trio Cheese & Traditional Cheese. Pictured above is Fiesta Cheese which consist of aged cheddar cheese, jalapeno peppers, salsa. The cheese can be as spicy as you want it.
Pictured above is the Spinach Artichoke cheese which has Rich Fontina and Butterkase cheese blended with spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic. The cheese fondue included rustic artisan breads, granny smith apples and assorted vegetables.
In my opinion, the bread paired better with the Fiesta Cheese. I loved the creamy fiesta cheese. All we were missing was some tortilla chips and I would have gone to town! Lol. Superb. I loved the fact that you can make the Fiesta cheese as hot as you would like! I didn't like the bread with the Spinach Artichoke Cheese, but some people did enjoy it.
The granny smith apples and the Spinach Artichoke cheese was amazing. Oddly enough, I wasn't sure at first, but the flavors were well balanced and delicious. The Spinach Artichoke cheese was superb. The apples and the Fiesta cheese didn't mesh well together in my opinion, maybe because of the spiciness of the cheese.
The veggies which consisted of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower was delicious in both cheese's. Pictured below is the broccoli dipped in the Fiesta Cheese. I know that I am ranting and raving but that Fiesta Cheese was delicious.
The next course was salads. The Melting Pot's salads were freshly made. There were four salads to choose from the Melting Pot House Salad, the Caesar Salad, the Spinach Mushroom Salad & the California Salad.
Pictured above is the California Salad which consist of mixed baby greens, Roma tomatoes, candied pecans and rich Gorgonzola cheese and Raspberry Black Walnut Vinaigrette. The salad was delicious according to the ones who choose this particular salad.
Pictured above is the Spinach Mushroom Salad which included fresh spinach, baby Portobello mushrooms, red onion, chopped bacon, and Roma tomatoes with a warm Burgundy Shallot Vinaigrette. This salad looked very good and the Hustler's said it was delicious.
Pictured above is the Melting Pot's House Salad which consisted of crisp romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, roma tomatoes, sliced eggs, seasoned croutons, aged cheddar cheese & Peppercorn Ranch Dressing. We stick to the traditional salads, but this was a great salad. The Peppercorn Ranch was delicious.
The third course was the entree which was a plate of choice meats and/or seafood. The entree plate consisted of Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, White Shrimp, Seasoned Angus Sirloin, Herb Crusted natural Chicken Breast and Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin. The presentation of the meat and seafood alone was impeccable.
The entree is prepared in whatever cooking style you prefer. The cooking styles choices were Coq Au Vin, Court Bouillon, Mojo or Bourguignonne. The Coq Au Vin is burgundy wine with fresh herbs, spices and mushrooms. The Court Bouillon is vegetable broth seasoned with herbs and spices. The Mojo is Caribbean inspired bouillon, with fresh garlic and citrus flavors. Lastly, the Bourguignonne is a European style cooking in cholesterol free canola oil.
Pictured above is the Mojo Broth which is the Caribbean inspired bouillon which is a chicken broth with garlic and citrus and fresh herbs. The broth is used to cook your meat and seafood right in front of you. The lady gives you a recommended time of how long to cook each piece of meat or seafood. She recommended using a timer to help you to know when each meat would be cooked. We didn't need a timer, because Brian and I are Chef's. We could feel when it was time to take the food out. Kmsl. Of course, you do know that I told them that. Lol.
Seriously, the waitress recommended two minutes on all meats/seafood except the Angus Sirloin, which took about 3 minutes and the veggies were a little longer depending on the tenderness of the veggies that you preferred.
Pictured above is the plate of sauces that can be paired with the different meats and/or seafood. The sauces were Curry, Green Goddess, Teriyaki Glaze, Gorgonzola Port & Ginger Plum. The Curry is a yogurt based curry. The Green Goddess is a blend of sour cream, cream cheese, onions, chives and parsley. The Teriyaki is a glaze with garlic, ginger and onions. The Gorgonzola Port is a cheese that rich and very strong. The Ginger Plum consisted of red and green bell peppers, ginger and a hint of plum, a very unique recipe. There was also one called the angry sauce which was a little more spicy.
Pictured above is the Chicken Breast. The chicken breast is seasoned with different herbs and spices, topped with chives. The chicken breast paired best with all the sauces.
Pictured above is the Teriyaki sirloin. Which is a Teriyaki steak that marinated and topped with sesame seeds. The Teriyaki Sirloin paired best with the Teriyaki sauce and angry sauce.
Pictured above is the Ahi tuna. The Ahi tuna is a sesame-crusted sushi grade Ahi Tuna. The Tuna paired best with the Curry, Green Goddess and the Angry sauce. Now I will say, some enjoyed it with the Gorgonzola sauce, but I don't like Gorgonzola cheese (Veined Italian blue cheese) so I didn't care for it.
The Angus sirloin was seasoned with spices. This meat paired best with the curry, the angry sauce and the green goodess.
The shrimp wasn't pre-seasoned with any spices but it was topped with parsley. There was a garlic seasoning that we seasoned our shrimp with and it was outstanding! We loved it. The shrimp paired well with all of the sauces. The curry and the teriyaki was my favorite with the shrimp.
There was also a bowl of veggies which consisted of broccoli and potatoes. The veggies were pretty good in the Mojo broth. The potatoes were my favorite. The curry sauce was superb with the potatoes.
The last and final course was the dessert, chocolate fondue. There were 7 chocolates to choose from, The Original, The Ying & Yang, Pure Chocolate, Bananas Foster, Cookies & Cream Marshmallow Dream, Chocolate S'mores, & Flaming Turtle.
The Original is milk chocolate with crunchy, creamy peanut butter. The Ying Yang is dark and white chocolate. The Pure Chocolate consisted of your choice of milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate. The Bananas Foster bananas and a hint of cinnamon swirling in a white chocolate melted perfectly and flambeed table side. The Chocolate S'mores is a milk chocolate with marshmallow cream flambeed and topped with graham crackers. The Cookies & Cream Marshmallow Dream is dark chocolate topped with marshmallow cream flambeed and topped with oreo cookies. Lastly, the Flaming Turtle which is a milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans that are flambeed table side.
Pictured above is the plate of desserts that is dipped in the chocolate. The plate consisted of cheese cake, brownies, rice krispies treats, fresh strawberries & bananas, marshmallows & pound cake. Though the plate normally comes with the bananas, Melting Pot had ran out of bananas that particular day. Which wasn't cool because bananas are so good in chocolate. Yum.
We all choose the Flaming Turtle. Pictured below is the picture of the chocolate flambeed. The Flaming Turtle was amazing. My favorite thing to eat with the chocolate was the cheese cake and the marshmallows. All I can is the ladies were in heaven! Kmsl..
Scott & Teresa's dessert plate came out with a candle lit and we sang happy birthday to him! Lol.. Fun times!!
Here is a picture of the couples that helped Scott celebrate his 40th birthday in Style. Pictured below is Pastor Shawn & Mrs. Nichole Marcell.
Pictured below Frankie & Tammy Stelly.
Pictured below is Vance & Kari Campbell.
Pictured below is Mr & Mrs. Brian Dumas. Lol..
Last but certainly not least the birthday boy himself, Scott & Teresa Hutslar.
All I have is a few recommendations to make for an even more pleasant time would be for better lighting. It's a little dark and I think it can use more lighting or better lighting. Also, I think a timer for those who may not be able to determine when their food is ready. Lol. Everyone is not a pro like Brian & I. Kmsl. Possible a card on the table with a list of the sauces and what it pairs best with. Most people forgot by the time she left the table.
Other than that, everything was on point! If you are looking for a place to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, promotion or just looking for a great place for a date night with friends or with your spouse, this is the place to be.
The Melting Pot of Baton Rouge is located at 5924 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, 225-928-5677. The hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm & Friday & Saturday from 4:30pm-11:00 pm.