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La Refuge des Fondus

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3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Pass under the elaborate carnivalesque décor that adorns the entrance, and muscle your way through the mass of tightly packed diners to a spare table – from here on, providing you surrender all claims to personal space, you’re set for a highly original dining experience. Things are kept simple and unpretentious: in place of a menu you’re given a binary choice between red or white wine, and cheese or meat fondue (the latter consisting of chunks of raw meat dipped in a boiling broth). Count €21/person for the food, including complimentary antipasti. To circumvent that great outrage to French drinking culture – the tax on wine glasses – all vino is served in baby bottles (€4, with the first drink free), which makes for the strange spectacle of groups of tipsy revellers fervently sucking on plastic teats like the day they were born. It’s all done in a spirit of kitschy fun, and at reasonable prices to boot. Cash only.

By: Johnny Bullman



Address: 17 Rue des 3 Frères

Transport: Métro: Abbesses
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-2am

Users say (6)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:3
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1 of 1 found helpful

Perhaps this is a helpful review: This is a fun place to go on a budget. The food is not the best of Paris, not by a long shot. But it's good and comes along with a good time at a really good price. It's a small and no-frills restaurant, but you should be okay in terms of personal space; as the entire restaurant consists of two, long "family style" tables. Your options are eat and drink or don't: Meaning that you pay $21 per person, and you choose red or white wine, and the option of adding meat or not. What you end up with is a decently sized antipasti (just mini "things" like ham and cheese cubes, cornichon and olives, and some spicy potatoes which I immensely enjoyed). Next is a big bowl of potatoes and bread to dip in your cheese, and should you choose the meat (definitely choose the meat), you'll get a bowl of beef cubes to cook in a broth boil. I think it would be better with oil. The cheese was the favorite part, and I didn't have any problems such as the one listed by Miriam below. You get a dipping selection of roughly four mayonnaise based sauces. You also get the wine: Oh, the wine. Yes, it's served in a baby bottle, but the portions are roughly the equivalent of two or three glasses of wine, and the first one is free. After that they are 3€50, and the flavor was actually quite nice. If you feel weird about the baby bottle--which everyone does, but quickly gets over--you can just unscrew the top. Over all it was a really fun place to be, they don't rush you and are quite friendly, and we self-proclaimed Foodie Pros, Able to Devour Everything were left totally stuffed and satisfied.

To be brief: A good time that provides for a good story without the high prices.

1 of 1 found helpful

This restaurant is absolutely TERRIBLE. The fondue is 1/2 wine, 1/4 butter (which doesn't belong in fondue), and 1/4 cheese. My bread fell apart after dipping. HORRIBLE!!!

Highly uninformative, do you know how to write coherent sentences? you should probably look at other careers such as gardening or street sweeping or anything that puts your lack of talent to use