There’s nothing like a little flaming food to get you fired up about eating, and the Melting Pot is the perfect place to get hot and bothered over a meal. Fondue was especially popular back when parties involved house key swapping in fishbowls (wink, wink). Savor its comeback by ordering the Disaronno Meltdown, a mixture of creamy white chocolate imbued with Disaronno amaretto liqueur and lit on fire at your table. Dipping into this sweet, hot cream with marshmallows, strawberries, cheesecake, brownies, banana, pineapple and whatever else they cut up and stick in front of you is just the beginning of the fun. Melting Pot, 325 Keawe St., Lahaina.
Burnt sugar is a perfect food, but even more perfect is when it’s served as a hot crust on cold creamy custard. Who knew? I blame the French. Might as well get the best—Mama’s Fish House flambés the sugar just right. Mama’s Fish House, 799 Poho Pl., Kuau.
The sound of fajitas sizzling toward your table is almost better than the bold flavor that follows. This awesome south-of-the-border finger food is one of those dishes that requires work. Don’t let that intimidate you. I’ll lead you through it: take your tortillas and fill them with hot tasty shrimp, fresh grilled onions and peppers, top it with sour cream, guacamole and a little pico de gallo, then eat. It’s well worth the effort. Ruby’s Diner, 275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului.
I like saying shabu-shabu as much as I enjoy eating it. When it comes to clever dishes, the Japanese know no boundaries. First a flame is brought to your table in a sterno, and then a cute pot of hot soup is placed over it. Delectable thinly sliced raw beef, pork, seafood and vegetables are served. Be sure to do your sake pairing here—take a shot, then grab your chopsticks and swish your food through the hot broth. Fresh, yummy and exotic. Izakaya Matsu, 1280 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei.
Koreans are serious about their barbecue and the heat in their kimchee. Find both at Yakiniku. If you sat down at the table and wondered why there was a hole in the middle of it, wonder no more—that’s where they put the barbecue. Next up: marinated meats; you cook it all right there. Stop looking foolish and get to work before the Koreans kick you out of the restaurant. Yakiniku Steak House and Lounge, 752 Lower Main, Wailuku 244-7788. MTW