Do you fondue? Specifically, do you cheese fondue?
Picture a pot of melted and seasoned cheese, just waiting for you to dunk some bread into it and pull up a gooey good mouthful of deliciousness. Hello: It’s melted cheese. It’s like the perfect food.
Perfect for a date night or getting together with friends, and a fine friend of wine, cheese fondue is a great way to warm up in the winter months, just like they do in the Swiss Alps. Here are five places in (or near) Calgary where you can get yourself into some serious cheese fondue. Just ‘due it!
17th Ave’s The Living Room is focused on what they call “contemporary interactive cuisine,” and fondue is one of the world’s best interactive dishes. Dip your baguette bites into their Cheese Fondue, made with six-year old Canadian white cheddar, black truffle, truffle oil, and herbs, for $16 per person. Add-ons include anything from broccolini to apples to butternut squash ravioli, and more.
Address: 514-17th Avenue SW
Head to this 10th Ave chef-driven restaurant with a date or some friends and enjoy their creative and modern take on comfort classics with a global twist. Their Aged Cheddar Fondue Dip is a great option for sharing, and it’s served with bread for dipping into that gooey cheesy goodness. Kick off your meal with the fondue, then tuck into a Tomahawk steak for an indulgent night out.
Address: 100 – 317 10th Avenue SW
You know you’re going to get some excellent fondue from a restaurant that puts its cheese selection up at the top of the menu. That’s the case at Winebar Kensington, where they’ve got a Truffle Cheese Fondue on their selection of staples. The melty cheese tops toasted baguette slices, perfect for scooping. Oh, and don’t forget the wine. Must have wine.
Address: 1131 Kensington Road NW
Fondue For Two gets its own quadrant of the menu at Laurier Lounge, where diners can dip, dip, dip to their hearts’ content into their cheese fondue. (And more than two people can jump in on the order, don’t worry!) Additional savoury fondue options include beef and seafood, and, of course, there’s chocolate fondue for dessert. One option is to order either the “Beef Fondue Experience” or the “Seafood Fondue Experience,” both of which kick off the three course fondue feast with cheese fondue, and end with chocolate.
Address: 1111 7th Street SW
Fine, this isn’t exactly in Calgary. But it’s hard to talk about fondue in the area without giving a (big) nod to The Grizzly House in Banff, where fondue has been the name of the game for almost 50 years. Their menu includes a number of full-on fondue feasts, from the cheese opener to the chocolate finish. (In between you can be as basic as beef or as wild as some really wild stuff: Shark, alligator, frog, venison, wild boar, and so on.) Or you can keep it simple with a traditional Swiss fondue feed and get the Fondue Neuchatel Dinner.
Address: 207 Banff Avenue, Banff