For the past 7.5 years I have pestered ryan about fondue. I had never had fondue and it sounded like a lot of fun. Whenever we pass a melting pot restaurant, I always bring it up. Ryan always either has no response or shoots it down.
Until this past friday. We went on a date & went to a local fondue restaurant. I was elated when he revealed the destination (which was when we pulled into the parking lot). In fact we were both pretty excited, looking forward to a ‘new experience’.
Before the meal began & as we were enjoying our (too cheddar-y tasting) appetizer we were discussing how people are always making fun of fondue. “A restaurant where you have to cook your own food??” Party poopers!
Then the main course arrived. We got a sampler platter for two, lots of different kinds of meat….that you cook on a 700 degree rock, while the side dish was simmering in a pot of chicken stock. At first I was fondly reminded of bulgogi restaurants in Korea….but as it went on it wasn’t as fun as I remembered. Perhaps b/c when I was in korea I was not the one who cooked dinner at home. Or perhaps it’s just that the meat wasn’t marinated.
All conversation was halted as we heaped the meat onto the rock, & kept a close eye to make sure we turned it at the right time…don’t overcook that beef! Wait..is that fish done? Not to mention the 3 reminders from our server, “make sure you don’t eat any raw pork or seafood”. Ryan went with the “eat it as soon as it comes off the rock” technique which left him unsure of what or how much he ate & I went with the “wait until it’s all finished cooking to enjoy it” technique which left my food cold & not that enjoyable.
In the end…”they” were right. It’s too much work! I mentioned during the cooking rush that I felt like i was getting lunch ready for the kids. it’s often a hurried task where i deliver to them the food as it’s finished & sneak my own eating in between “courses”. By the time they’re finished eating & i get them cleaned up & ready for naps I’m exhausted.
I can see how it could be a fun place to go for dessert or just appetizers esp. with a group of people. But cooking my main course…not very relaxing and fun. As far as ryan was concerned it was a win-win though…if it was good then we would have found a fun new place to eat. Since it was not, he no longer has to hear me go on about wanting fondue.