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Restaurant review: La Fondue at Dempsey in Singapore


La Fondue
25 Dempsey Road
Dempsey Hill Green
6474 0204

If you think fondue is just for bad wedding gifts, La Fondue, where this Swiss specialty is served in a cosy wood-beamed house, will change your mind.

We stopped in for lunch. From the a-la-carte menu, we started with the mushroom soup ($10) and the chef’s salad ($14), both very good. The Swiss traditional cheese fondue ($45) wasn’t as pungent as we expected, but then again, my dining companion and I think that cheese should smell like old socks. The Mexicana fondue ($45) had a little more bite, but it still lacked cheesiness.

Main courses included selections of raw meats and seafood, to be cooked in one of three styles: broth, grilled or bourguignonne (oil fondue). The latter was tempting but we were won over by the grill ($36 meat, $38 seafood). It was great fun cooking the delicious chunks of beef tenderloin, fish and shrimp on our table hotplate, and would be something of an icebreaker for first-date couples.

Dessert was the highlight of our meal. The new rum-and-raisin chocolate fondue ($34), served with fruit, chocolate brownies and marshmallows, was rich, delicious and a sweet treat for any dessert junkie.