My daughter requested that we go to the Melting Pot for her birthday; she hadn't been here before but the idea of cooking your own food using sticks sounded fun, and she's an adventurous spirit. We visited on a Wednesday night so we were seated right away, and initially everyone was very attentive and wished her a happy birthday. The restaurant is typical for Ann Arbor - a long rectangle with some walls here-and-there to organize kitchen/bar/dining area, and it was dark and modern looking. They have an extensive wine collection and the way they store the bottles was interesting. After we were seated, the problems started - our children both ordered simple drinks (Shirley Temples) and we had to remind the waitstaff that we still didn't have them... twice. Another group of people sat down about fifteen minutes after us, and they got drinks, "fondued", ate, and departed before we got to our chocolate course, though both tables ordered the same full four course meal. They had the same waiter, so I'm not sure what the issue was, and we are very forgiving diners (not so forgiving in reviews, but we tip well and don't complain while dining). The point is, if you're with children that have an expiration time (my kids tolerate restaurants for a limited time, and then all bets are off), or if you have another plan for the night like a movie or concert, this is not the place to go. Service is spotty, each course takes at least 30 minutes, and it's pretty expensive overall for average meats, unimaginative flavors, and an experience that left us all just... ho-hum. With a shug, we sleepwalked out of the restaurant, completely uninspired.
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