“I am on a Sea Food Diet! I see food and I eat it”
A glimpse of what I thought, when an invitation to try out the very first fondue restaurant based in the Hipster district that is BoxPark Dubai, landed on my email. Yes, you read it right, the international cheesy melty goodness has opened doors in UAE market since mid-2015. Revolving around the extravagant fondue experience, ‘The Melting Pot’ offers a premium fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads, and indulgent desserts.
The very essence of Melting Point is to have interactive & fun time with others on your table sharing an uplifting pot of hot fondue, which makes it the ultimate destination of “Yumminess”. A sensible & cost effective decision would be to go with their four course menu option, which allows you to select a themed set menu of one of each of the four sections (cheese, entrée, salad, and chocolate), expertly chosen specifically to complement each other as you move joyfully from one to another.
LOCATION & AMBIANCE
As they say, the first impression is the last, the ostentatious venue was a total love at first sight for me, but mind you Box Park at Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah has some of the most lavish eating houses with exclusively intricate designs you will ever see (though parking area could be a real pain). Melting Pot is quite a big & spacious restaurant, with seating areas inside & out, we could also choose their hidden seating arrangement for more privacy too. With warm yellowish lighting tone & green leafy interior it creates a warm earthy, inviting atmosphere. Every table is completed with a built-in glass stove tops where the fondue pots are heated and ready to start the fun!
You are welcomed by the staff with such a beautiful smile and the most friendly ones I have come across. As you take your seat, your assigned waiter greets & introduce themselves in the most heart-warming gesture. Unfortunately, I can’t recall his name, but I love when the staff is so well informed about the menu & help you out with the orders.
FOOD & EXPERIENCE
It was time to start the dipping process, for our cheese course, my Indian spicy insights were on fire & we ordered the FIESTA Cheese – A blend of cheddar cheese with non-alcoholic beer, jalapeno peppers & salsa. Although you really can’t go wrong with any of them, FIESTA cheese was so flavorful & creamy served along with white & brown bread cubes, raw veggies (baby carrot & cauliflower), nachos and apple cubes.
I never expected to eat “Apples” dipped in cheese and by the way, it was the best thing on the table. The bread was crunchy enough, just the way I like it. Though the veggies are not seasoned you could ask your waiter for different seasonings too.
My biggest regret would be not trying out their main course dishes which looked impeccable & astonishing (but I had a very heavy breakfast). And jumped directly to their desserts which to be honest I’m craving till today. We got the Mint Chocolate Chip Fondue which came with a distinct aromatic fragrance which melted my heart away.
As promised by the waiter this was the best part of our dining experience. Your preferred chocolate fondue comes with a mixed platter of assorted fruits, marshmallows & pastries. To be specific you are served with 2 pieces of pineapples, dates & melons, 4 pieces of strawberries, 1 small square of brownie, 1 small square of cookie dough, 2 small squares of soft pound cake and finally two different seasoned marshmallows. Each flavor sensation better than the last, it’s a great, decadent end to any fondue feast.
For a sugar lover like me, this was truly the most overwhelming part of my lunch journey at The Melting Point, I just wanted to have it all. My favorite was the cold brownie and hot chocolate combination and even the strawberries blended so well with green mint chocolate fondue.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Absolutely!!! Melting Point is must go, especially for people who have never experienced a fondue restaurant before. The whole concept of sharing the hot fondue with others on the table is so intriguing & beautifully enhancing your entire meal. It is perfect for couples for an easy chilled out date, as for me, I have already marked a day to take my mom out on a date at this restaurant.
Address: The Melting Pot, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1
Telephone: +971 434 310 20
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skye & Walker or any other company. The meal was offered complimentary for review purposes, however, no compensation was given.