Delicious melted cheese bubbling in a pot. Need we say more? Joy Ming King dips into Hong Kong’s dining scene and finds the best eateries in which you can indulge in this ultimate winter warmer…
Agnès B. Le Pain Grillé
The stylish French deli chain is catching fondue fever this winter as it presents a black truffle cheese concoction on its newly launched menu. Enjoy this richly flavoured – and pretty affordable, considering the quality – fondue that comes with a colourful assortment of roast chicken, pan-fried ham, asparagus and quail eggs. Available at all three Le Pain Grillé locations, the dish is coupled with one of four special Christmas drinks, making for a wonderfully cosy meal set among the deli’s festive vibes. $168. Various locations inc 111 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay, 2577 2718; agnesb-lepaingrille.com.
Chesa Swiss Restaurant
Since the Swiss invented this cheesy culinary experience, then surely the best fondue is at a Swiss restaurant, right? Boasting more than 50 years of history, this exquisitely decorated eatery at the Peninsula is known for its universally praised year-round menu of three traditional fondues. Most notably, its ‘fondue Montagnarde’ is cheese heaven, with almost overwhelming flavours produced by a rich mixture of Alpine varieties, as well as a helping of smoked mountain bacon. Smells like cheese spirit. $270. 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696 6769; hongkong.peninsula.com.
DK Cuppa Tea
Known for its premium aromatic teas, this quaint Soho shop has just launched a new tea set that should delight all fondue-loving Mad Hatters out there. The fantastically designed ‘Journey to Wonderland’ set, based the timeless children’s tale Alice in Wonderland, sees an adorable mini black truffle mushroom fondue bubbling away at its heart. The dish is served with a variety of choice seafood delicacies as well as smoked salmon and French escargots. This is more fundue than fondue... $298. 16A Staunton St, Central, 2771 2847;aroma.com.hk.
For those who are looking for an economical-yet-quality fondue feast, Dr Panini is the place to hit up. While the restaurant serves a range of European standards, such as lasagna, it also specialises in a range of intriguing fondues, including a blue cheese version. Served with sausages, pineapple, potatoes and duck breasts, the regular cheese fondue is the most popular. Dr Panini’s leaves your stomach full and your wallet happy. Prices start at $150. 9 Pok Man St, Tai Kok Tsui, 2309 2186.
The Swiss Chalet
If you want a truly authentic Swiss dining experience, then look no further than this rustic fondue hotspot tucked away in Tsim Tsa Tsui. Surrounded by welcoming wooden décor that recreates the warm vibes of a real chalet and enveloped in pungent cheese aromas, this place is paradise for fans of European cuisine. Indulge yourself in an extensive selection of richly flavoured fondues that are expertly created and come at relatively affordable prices. There’s also a range of other top Swiss foods on the menu. Popular among Swiss expats, this restaurant is perfect for a cosy shared dinner. Especially if you order a fondue... Prices start at $260. 12-14 Hart Ave, Tsim Tsa Tsui, 2191 9197.
Despite being the national food of Switzerland, the Swiss don’t have the monopoly on tasty fondues. There’s plenty of top French and Italian varieties out there too. And one of them is the ‘fondue Savoyarde’, which is on the menu alongside a plethora of authentic Parisian dishes at the Happy Valley French eatery, Jules Bistro. This deliciously hearty fondue from the French region of Savoie is for two people and comes served with bread and salad, or with flavourful morel wild mushrooms for a higher price. It should be enjoyed with one of the Bistro’s solid selection of choice French wines as well. $398. G/F, King-Inn Mansion, 13-15 Yik Yam St, Happy Valley, 2838 1115; bistrojules.com.