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The Melting Pot for 21st Bday?

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Raachie Feb 4, 2008 12:39 PM

Anyone know if this is a good place to go for a Birthday Dinner? I'm turning 21 soon and I'm trying to figure out where I'd like to have a good comfy dinner with probably about 5-10 people. Pricing, Food and Atmosphere info if anyone's got it.

I'm basically looking for anyone's opinion!

P.S, Probably will be down in the Thousand Oaks area..

P.S again, If you think this isn't a great Idea would anyone like to suggest anywhere else? =)

  1. Kevitivity Feb 4, 2008 04:09 PM

    My girlfriend and I tried it out a few months ago - it's very expensive, and the food just isn't that great - boiled meat sucks. Trust me - stay away from the Melting Pot.

    1. Professor Salt Feb 4, 2008 04:47 PM

      Ugh on Melting Pot. Beef course: Tough supermarket markdown grade beef, carelessly prepped in the kitchen by trained monkeys armed with knives. Cheese fondue course: tastes ok, but way overpriced for a bowl of melted cheese, herbs, and a splash of wine. Don't even get me started on the flavorless fruit in the chocolate fondue course.

      I'd steer you to Gorikee instead. Great food prepared with serious skill, and a great value for the quality of food you're getting.

      Oh, and happy birthday! You deserve better food for such a momentous occasion.

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        ns1 Feb 4, 2008 05:21 PM

        I would say go elsewhere for dinner. Go to melting pot for the chocolate fondue. I don't care what you guys say, that chocolate fondue is bomb.

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          Das Ubergeek Feb 5, 2008 08:10 AM

          And just like most military ordnance, it's hugely expensive for what you actually get.

          Second Gorikee. And then go have fantastic martinis at Taboo in Woodland Hills.

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          Jase Feb 5, 2008 08:45 AM

          Jumping on the bandwagon and telling you to just stay away. My wife thought it would make a great romantic dinner and she loves fondue. Afterwards, she regretted suggesting it. Severely overpriced for mediocre food. But I suppose it was cozy since the booths offer a lot of privacy. Doesn't make up for the food and prices though.

          1. Emme Feb 5, 2008 11:21 PM

            would you be willing to cross the canyon to malibu? you might like taverna tony over there. if you want a view, there's geoffrey's or moonshadows. for sushi, and sake bombing, nobu?

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              AGENT FOODIE Feb 6, 2008 12:25 AM

              went to the location pasadena for a friends bday. ended up spending over 250 for mediocre food for 4 people. i agree with everyone else, stay away. i do like the chocolate fondue though pretty tasty otherwise boring and expensive

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                Das Ubergeek Feb 6, 2008 05:30 AM

                If you're going to spend money and want to have the fondue, you might as well go to La Fondue Bourguignonne in Sherman Oaks, then, next to Max. It's better fondue, the surroundings are at least more interesting, and the people are nicer.

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                  christof Feb 6, 2008 05:28 PM

                  Have you guys been to La Fondue in San Juan Capistrano? I think they set the bar for fondue and its delicious and the service is great.

                  I too would recommend you go elsewhere, melting pot's chainlike atmosphere isn't worth it and you can get a lot better food for the price you'll be paying.

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                    flowergirl Feb 6, 2008 09:27 PM

                    I was also disappointed with Melting Pot. The cheese was delicious and the chocolate was decent - everything else just tasted like the oil it was cooked in.

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