A Tasting at The Melting Pot in Tampa

 

I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Re-Opening at The Melting Pot in Tampa as a VIP guest. I have been to The Melting Pot before but it had been a while so I was excited for an opportunity to return.

The restaurant recently underwent a major renovation and we were among the first to see the unveiling. The aesthetic is more open, bright and modern. The changes in decor were nice to see but you know I was really interested in seeing if there were any changes to the menu.

As guest’s of the restaurant, we were treated to a 4-course fondue experience. If you are unfamiliar with The Melting Pot, let me take a minute to explain the concept. (If you are, skip to the next paragraph to read all about my thoughts on the food we sampled.) The Melting Pot is the original fondue restaurant which specializes in an interactive dining experience. At The Melting Pot, you customize your own meal and cook it at the table.

 

We started our meal with drinks, I sampled the Moscato Mule, Strawberry Basil Lemonade (pictured below), and the Lemon Berry Mojito. My favorite was the Lemon Berry Mojito, I seriously wanted to order a second and a third. I would recommend you start with this one for sure. 

 

 

Course 1: The Cheese Fondue

We were able to try two of the cheese fondues which was great for us because we were having a hard time deciding which one to order. We selected the Quatro Formaggio and the Spinach and Artichoke. The Quatro Formaggio Butterkase, Fontina, Fresh Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses with white wine, roasted garlic, basil and sun dried tomato pestos. The Spinach and Artichoke has melted cheeses with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, and garlic. The cheese course is served with a variety of bread, fruit, and vegetables.

Let me tell you, these were every bit of heaven for me. They both were so delicious; I could not pick a favorite if you made me. I always hope to go with a party large enough to require two selections because I would order the exact same ones again.

I absolutely love cheese but hot melted cheese with dippers was right up my alley. Like seriously I could have stopped here. Nah, who am I fooling; you know I am a greedy girl.

 

Course 2: Salad

Next, we had a salad. I chose the Caprese since the other ladies chose the California. After the cheese course, I probably should have chosen the green salad like the ladies but it was good.

 

Course 3: Entrees

The Grand Feast included the Filet Mignon, Sriracha Lime Shrimp, Honey Orange Chicken Breast, Memphis Style BBQ Pork and Wild Mushroom Sacchetti. The meats are delivered raw to the table and are cooked in the broth of your choice. We chose Coq Au Vin and Mojo.

Our server detailed the recommended cooking times to us when she delivered this course to us. We used our phones to keep track of our cooking times. Each of us had different color sticks so we could also keep track of our entrees.

I am such a carnivore so this course was a perfect sampling of the menu offerings. Along with the flavored cooking broths, we were also given a sampling of sauces for dipping. We created some awesome combinations which I wish I had written down but if I am being honest we were enjoying each other and our food so much I did not even think about it. Next time will be sure to write them down and share them with you.

 

Course 4: Dessert

Chocolate Fondue is the dessert specialty at the Melting Pot.  Select your favorite combination and enjoy dipping all of the sweet treats into the chocolate. This is not like the fountains you see at weddings and special events. This is good quality chocolate warmed right at your table. We chose the Flaming Turtle and Cookies and Creme.

I was rooting hard for the Flaming Turtle because that’s a combination I always love but I must admit the Cookies and Creme was my favorite of the two. I was wishing that one was positioned closest to me so I could have eaten it all by myself. I wasn’t a complete glutton though and practiced sharing so the other ladies could enjoy it as well.

 

 

To conclude the night we also enjoyed the Ying Yang Martini as a night cap. Although a sweet fiend like me would have this at any point in the meal, it paired well with the chocolate fondue.

 

The 4-Course tasting at The Melting Pot Tampa was an amazing experience. I am so glad I was able to enjoy it with Lauren, The Outdoorsy Diva, Annie of Discovering Your Happy and Brittney of Style Me Britt. This proved to be an amazing Girls Night Out and we had a blast. I definitely plan on returning to The Melting Pot again soon.

Since I am single and won’t likely be going with a man, I am looking forward to enjoying another Ladies Night with friends.  The Melting Pot in Tampa offers a $25 3-course fondue dinner just for the ladies on Wednesday and Thursday Nights. The promotion also includes $5 wines and $6 cocktails.

 

Have you ever been to The Melting Pot? What is your favorite menu item?

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26 Comments

  1. August 15, 2017 / 9:26 AM

    Looks like such a tasty time! I am sad I couldn’t attend this event after some family stuff came up. I love going with the hubs but love their Ladies Night too, so if you ever want to gooooo – I am your girl!

    • Tia
      August 15, 2017 / 9:55 PM

      Well, we will just have to plan a girls night out when we can go together.

  2. August 15, 2017 / 11:16 AM

    The renovation looks great. I’ve always enjoyed going to The Melting Pot. Such a fun time!

    • Tia
      August 15, 2017 / 9:54 PM

      Yes we had a great time, I cannot wait to go back for another girls night out.

  3. August 15, 2017 / 6:13 PM

    I love the Melting Pot! Their chocolate is so delicious!! I might have to go there for my birthday!?

    • Tia
      August 15, 2017 / 9:54 PM

      It’s a great place to celebrate a special occasion.

  4. August 15, 2017 / 7:59 PM

    My mouth was watering just looking at all of the scrumptious photos! And that Ying Yang Martini…holy cannoli, Batman, did that look tasty!

    • Tia
      August 15, 2017 / 9:57 PM

      It is tasty but everything was.

  5. August 15, 2017 / 10:24 PM

    It was so yummy! Thank you for letting me tag along. I cant wait to go again.

    • Tia
      August 16, 2017 / 8:15 AM

      My pleasure, we definitely have to plan the girls night we discussed once things calm down a bit.

  6. August 16, 2017 / 8:58 AM

    This looked like a fun night and so tasty! Those drinks sounded so good. Looks like you ladies had plenty of food to eat. I’ve never been to the Melting Pot but I know we have one here in Nashville. I’m going to see if they have the $25 special here.

  7. August 16, 2017 / 10:41 PM

    Looks like a whole lot of good food and fun! Thank you for sharing your experiences at the Melting Pot.

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 6:16 AM

      It was my pleasure Katrina.

  8. August 17, 2017 / 10:01 PM

    I like the Melting Pot. I have never had dinner there just the cheese and chocolate fondues. Sounds like you had a delicious experience.

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 6:13 AM

      It was! I cannot wait to return again with friends.

  9. LaQuisha Hall
    August 17, 2017 / 10:19 PM

    This looks scrumptious!! I had a meal like this in Switzerland and loved it!

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 6:12 AM

      Unfortunately when I was in Switzerland, I was just passing through. I hope to return and I will be sure to look for a fondue restaurant.

      • LaQuisha Hall
        August 18, 2017 / 7:44 AM

        You must go to the Fromagery too!

  10. August 18, 2017 / 5:26 AM

    I have never actually had fondue! I have always wanted to try it at home. Never considered going to a restaurant to do it! I’ll have to check out a place like this one. Your pics are great!

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 6:15 AM

      Eva, there seems to be a Melting Pot in Arlington, VA. I know it’s not DC but it’s close.

  11. August 18, 2017 / 9:16 AM

    I’ve only been to the Melting Pot once and it was many years ago. We only have one in our area. I would go back to try the Lemon Berry Mojito.

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 10:24 AM

      That cocktail was the truth! I would sip on that daily if I could.

  12. August 18, 2017 / 12:19 PM

    I have heard about the Melting Pot but have never been to the restaurant. I don’t drink but that drink was pretty looking. So you actually cook the meat on your own? I went to a restaurant like this before and I didn’t feel full after eating. Did you feel like it was enough food to eat?

    • Tia
      August 18, 2017 / 12:58 PM

      We were stuffed. In fact, we felt bad about wasting food that we could not eat while trying to leave enough room for the next course. By the time dessert came, I had very little room. I forced myself to eat dessert though because it is my favorite course. We could have had 2-3 more people at our table and still would have had enough.

  13. August 22, 2017 / 2:16 AM

    Everything looks so delicious! There’s a Melting Pot close by, but I have never been to it. I’m going to check it out soon and can’t wait to try it out! I love cheese, so this is gonna be right up my alley! Thanks for sharing your experience and such beautiful pics!

    • Tia
      August 22, 2017 / 10:58 AM

      Thank you for reading. Please come back and share your thoughts after you visit.

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