Gluten Free Night at Melting Pot Sacramento Review

22 Oct

Good morning!

For those of you who follow me, you know how excited I get over the opportunity to eat out and not have to worry about being “glutened,” and let me tell you – The Melting Pot here in Sacramento has got that covered. I had previously enjoyed an anniversary dinner there with my husband, but when I heard there was a restaurant-wide gluten free night I had to go back. This time around my mom joined me and we had a fabulous time.

First of all, before I get to the food, let me comment on how helpful and friendly the staff is. The hostesses, servers, and management are extremely helpful, accommodating, and informative.

Our server explained that the evening’s meal would be accompanied by a new bread with the cheese course and an assortment of tasty treats with the dessert course. We were all about trying it! Our server also mentioned that they had gluten free beer available for the cheese fondue that required beer as an ingredient. Nice touch.

For our first course we had the Spinach Artichoke Cheese fondue, made with “Rich Fontina and Butterkäse cheeses blend perfectly with spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic” and although on the website menu it mentions requesting cornstarch, our server informed us that all of The Melting Pot locations have switched over to permanently using cornstarch. Again, a nice touch, and very good to know.

The fondue came with three different types of “dippers” that were equally delicious. We enjoyed green apples, a vegetable medley (broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower), and the most exciting one: bread! The bread was from 7 Sisters Gluten Free, which is a restaurant in Citrus Heights, CA. The bread was chewy, dense, and absolutely perfect for dipping. The flavor paired well with the fondue we chose as well. Yum!

We ate nearly every last drop of the fondue, and if the bowl weren’t so hot we probably would have licked it clean. For those of you who haven’t made it out to The Melting Pot (I know, it can seem pricey), it would be worth it to go for a few cocktails and cheese fondue alone. No need to have the entire four-course meal to enjoy a tasty fondue!

Next we enjoyed the salad course. I enjoyed their new Strawberry Almond Salad while my mom enjoyed the Spinach and Mushroom Salad. Both were absolutely delicious.

Then came the impressive entree course. We enjoyed Court Bouillon, which is “Vegetable broth hand-seasoned with herbs and spices” and it is so good! Our entree plate came out with white shrimp, chicken breast, filet, peppered sirloin (I didn’t catch what the server said, but it was good whatever it was), and mahi mahi. It also came with a bowl full of vegetables (mushrooms, red potatoes, and broccoli) as well as five different sauces for dipping the cooked meat into. The sauces included: Green Goddess, Ginger Plum (yes, gf!), Curry, Gorgonzola Port (my favorite), and a rip-your-face-off cocktail sauce made with horseradish that is to die for. I love anything that has some kick to it, and the cocktail sauce hits the spot. All of their sauces are really flavorful, though, and pair extremely well with the meat and vegetables.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with how one might cook meat and veggies at a fondue restaurant, it looks a little something like this: you cook it is a rolling pot of broth for a few minutes, pull it out, dip it in a sauce, eat it! Couldn’t be easier, or more fun.

Once we had gorged ourselves on the entree course, it was time for the dessert course. For those of you who have yet to try The Melting Pot, this is another course to come in for without doing all four courses. Go, enjoy a cocktail, and order up a pot of melted chocolate. There is an array of flavors to choose from, and even an option for you to create your own concoction. My mom and I chose dark chocolate with Grand Marnier. So. Good.

When my husband and I enjoyed our anniversary meal I had only fruit and marshmallows. Don’t get me wrong – it was fabulous. However, this evening being a gluten free meal, we were served an impressive plate of sweet treats that made our mouths water (despite being pretty full already). The plate included fresh strawberries, bananas, pineapple, gluten free cheesecake, gluten free lemon cake, and gluten free brownies! The sweets came from Kerry’s  Sweet Decadence, which is worth checking out.

The cakes were a bit soft for dipping, so instead the server suggested we drizzle the chocolate over the treats on our plates. Drizzle we did.

Towards the end of our meal, the General Manager, Leo, came over to chat with us about the evening’s meal. After raving about how wonderful it is to be able to truly enjoy a meal without fear of being sick, he informed me that ALL of their staff go through extensive allergy training, including training on gluten. In fact, he mentioned that they were also tested (4 page test, folks) on things like how many parts per million is safe regarding gluten contamination. Both Leo and our server informed us that the kitchen has separate dishes and whatnot for gluten free prep as well. Music to my ears!

The entire evening was just perfect. Everyone was helpful, knowledgeable, and more than willing to accommodate us. Although all of the delicious treats may not always be on hand just yet (they are working on it), I will happily wait for the next gluten free night. For anyone looking for a gluten free night out or are celebrating a special occasion, The Melting Pot in Sacramento is the place to go. You won’t have to worry about being “glutened,” nor will you have to be bothered by ill-informed staff.

A huge thank-you to everyone at The Melting Pot, as well as to Melanie from the Gluten Free Specialty Store! Don’t forget to check out Melanie’s blog to see what is going on at GF Specialty. 🙂

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