25 Dempsey Road
Dempsey Hill Green
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.