I've been to several The Melting Pot locations. The food is always good, but I always leave feeling like I spent a lot of money on a selection of unprepared ingredients that I could buy and prepare for myself for ~$10. I guess you pay for the atmosphere, and the fact that nothing else like it exists. That said, $40+ for a plate of marinaded meats and a pot filled with broth/oil to cook it in is ridiculously unreasonable. The presentation aspect of the meal is non-existent and a customer is perfectly well able to improperly cook their meal since there is no chef to prepare it correctly. It also always amazes me that nobody gets sick from undercooked chicken. It has to happen all the time, whenever somebody (most likely a guy) gets impatient waiting for their little piece of meat to cook.