Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Fondue for Two

Erin and I celebrated valentine's day on Monday this year because she has to work on the 14th. I was a good husband and got her the flowers she deserves for being such a great wife and then we went to "The Melting Pot" for dinner. It was quite an experience.

The Melting Pot is a pretty upscale fondue restaurant. Their "Valentine's Special" was a cheese fondue, salad, and dinner for 2 and cost $125 plus tax and tip. We didn't want to spend that kind of money but Erin really wanted to try out the restaurant so we decided to split a cheese fondue and a chocolate fondue. Each serving is quite large and that turned out to be enough food for both of us. We ate our cheese fondue which was pretty good and then we excitedly moved on to the chocolate fondue. They bring a plate of things to dip and then heat a bowl of chocolate right at your table to dip into. After our server brought the plate and chocolate he walked away and almost immediately Erin noticed a hair on our plate. If it were just me I'd have taken the hair off and continued but it upset Erin so she tried to find our waiter so we could at least get a new plate. I realized that if I ate some of the food off the plate I'd be making out well because they'd have to bring us a fresh one. Erin didn't like that idea but let me eat a couple pieces while we waited for our server to come back. It turned out to be a very good thing that I did. After a few minutes we got his attention and showed him the 3 inch blond hair. He of course apologized and walked away with the plate. About 3 minutes later he came back, put a plate down in front of us, and told us as far as he could tell it was a cat hair and he didn't know how it could have gotten on there. He then asked if we had a cat. Dumbfounded we said no and just kind of stared at him. He apologized again and walked away. As we looked down at the plate we saw that 2 pieces were missing and realized that he had brought back the exact same plate, minus the hair. This definitely upset Erin and I just thought it was outrageous that he wouldn't take the blame for the hair and then gave us back the same plate!

Erin found the manager and told her what had just happened. She quickly had another plate made for us and took 1/2 the price of the dessert off. Shortly there after the waiter came back and said his manager had just told him that "the kitchen had just put the same plate back out for us" and he was very sorry. WHAT?! HE had brought that plate to our table after the hair discovery, not the kitchen. To top it off the bus boy came around before we had paid our bill and cleared everything from our table. We were sitting at a 6 person table so our stuff was spread out and he had to climb all the way in the booth. Then he started making small talk because we had to uncomfortably sit there while he bussed our table while we were still there. He told us not to take it for granted that we "had someone" for valentine's day. We kindly chuckled but he wasn't done. He shot back "seriously, don't take it for granted." The kid was probably 17 years old.

Very interesting dining experience to say the least.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Darren said...

Fondue? more like fun do! Over $100 for two meals and you claim to not be a resteraunt high-roller? Whatever.

12:02 AM  
Blogger dbrok23 said...

I don't think I'll be stopping there. Too expensive and bad service. At least they gave you a discount.

12:27 PM  

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