Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Melting Pot

Happy 9th wedding anniversary to us! We celebrated at Bridge Street Town Center in Huntsville with dinner at The Melting Pot. There's nothing like a decadent, romantic meal to transform a frazzled mom from feeling frumpy to sophisticated within a matter of minutes. Dinner at The Melting Pot is so much more than just a meal: it's an experience. Between the private seating, excellent service, and sumptuous fare, we felt like royalty. While the Melting Pot is of course family-friendly, we enjoyed this private time together to reconnect as a couple and feel like husband and wife rather than "daddy" and "mommy."
We opted for the Big Night Out Latin America four-course meal. Dave is a bit of a picky eater and they were happy to make substitutions to accommodate his palate.
Our first course was the Queso Fundido which combines Fontina, Gruyére, and Gran Queso cheeses; fresh jalapeños; and crumbled Chorizo with a hint of lime. This cheese fondue was so delicious we had to pace ourselves to save room for the rest of our meal. Dave was tempted to just ask for a cheese refill in lieu of the main course.

For the salad course I stuck with the Latin America offering of Shrimp Ceviche Salad (yes, there's a little bite out of it. I couldn't resist a taste before realizing I neglected to take a photo). "A refreshing blend of citrus-marinated shrimp atop avocado purée and tortilla chips served with tropical fruit pico de gallo and a side of mixed greens tossed with a lime vinaigrette." This was delightful. I ate the greens and shrimp separately in order to appreciate the different flavors.  
Dave isn't very adventurous when it comes to salads so he ordered a Caesar salad instead and was happy with his choice
On to the main course. We chose the Fondue Fusion with Coq au Vin cooking style. Cold-Water Lobster Tail, Filet Mignon, Chimichurri Sirloin, Garlic Piri Piri Shrimp, Mole-Marinated Chicken Breast, CitrusMarinated Pork Tenderloin, and Fire-Roasted Corn-Salsa Ravioli were enjoyed alongiside mushroom caps, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower.  
If that isn't enough adventure for your taste buds, the Fondue Fusion is also served up with a variety of sauces to make for a customized experience.  
My absolute favorite part of the meal was the lobster tail. Lobster is great on any day, but noticed the butter sauce in the foreground of the above photo? It made the lobster to die for! I wish I'd had some of The Melting Pot's butter sauce on our trip to Maine two years ago. Second place for me (but first for Hubs) was the filet which was incredibly tender. The ravioli was a close runner up for Dave. Another favorite for me was building my own stuffed mushrooms by placing a spoonful of the Green Goddess sauce into a mushroom cap and sprinkling with the signature garlic and wine seasoning. Hubs loved the cocktail sauce since it packs a punch just like he likes it.
As if chocolate in and of itself isn't decadent and special enough, the Melting Pot staff went above and beyond for our dessert course with a happy anniversary wish.  
The Latin America chocolate fondue contains a thick dulce de leche, but since Hubs doesn't like caramel, we opted to omit the leche. That basically gave us a simple dark chocolate fondue with sea salt. You'd be amazed how much the sea salt adds to the flavor! Our server left the shaker with us because she knew we'd want more.
I highly recommend the Melting Pot of Huntsville for a couple's night out. The Bridge Street location combined with the dining room ambiance and incredible food make for an unforgettable date night.

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