Monday, May 21, 2012
The Melting Pot in Richmond Hill
Lots of new restaurants opening up in the East Beaver Creek & Hwy 7 area! I got a chance to check out The Melting Pot (@TheMeltingPotRH) that just opened up in Richmond Hill. The Melting Pot has over 145 locations in the US, but this Richmond Hill spot is the first for this fondue restaurant chain to make it into Ontario, Canada (it's in the same plaza as Maxx Seafood & Grill). Lucky for us uptown kids!
We ordered the Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue ($19 for up to 2 persons), which is their most popular dish. It's a simple dish but soooo good. It's like the Spinach and Artichoke dips that you get from sport bars, except constantly smooth and warm which makes a mile of difference. They give you a selection of breads, tortilla chips, raw cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, and some Granny Smith apples to dip into the cheese. My absolute favourite was the Granny Smith apples. Whoever thought of dipping apples into melted cheese is an absolute genius.
For dessert, we ordered the Bananas Foster ($19 for up to 2 persons), except we took our server's advice and substituted white chocolate with dark chocolate and added a shot of Bailey's. Now, I'm a huge fan of chocolate-dipped strawberries so I quite liked this dessert. But honestly, it might be a little overpriced considering how simple it is to do yourself. Still, it's a fun experience and a great environment to have good conversation with friends over a pot of melted chocolate.
I went with my friend Leslie of Leslie and Food and we got an amazing opportunity to meet and be charmed by Chef Corbin Tomaszeski (@ChefCorbin), the owner of The Melting Pot Richmond Hill, also known from The Food Network's Restaurant Makeover. Our server Chantel was welcoming and talkative as she prepared our fondue for us. All in all, a fun meal with heart-warming comfort food. A little more on the pricey side, but the food is good and it's really for the experience of it.