Despite my three other trips to Switzerland, I’d missed something big on the Swiss bucket list: eating fondue. I know exactly why I missed this experience the other times – Switzerland is expensive. For reference, a McDonald’s #1 Big Mac Meal will cost you about $15! So, we usually opted for cooking noodles at the hostel or picking up a Döner. I am a budget traveler, but sometimes you have to fork over the bucks to experience certain things and this time, I didn’t want to miss out, and frankly, it was FANTASTIC!
With two choices of fondue restaurants in Lucerne, we ended up at the Fondue House after a long walk in search of the other, cheaper alternative, which ended up being closed. It was a wild goose chase, but ultimately, I think we were meant to end up at Fondue House. It was a small restaurant with a cabin feel – the perfect atmosphere for some warm fondue. The menu offered a variety of fondues, with a variety of cheese, meat, and chocolate fondues. We each went for one of the three available three course options in order to get try as much as possible. I wasn’t craving sweets, so I went for the Käse (Cheese) – Bourguignonne (Burgundy) – Chinoise (Chinese), whilst Maggie substituted the Chinese with the Chocolate. All of the non-chocolate fondues were brought at once, and we indulged.
For dipping, Fondue House served bread cubes, steamed vegetables, potato wedges, boiled potatoes, chicken, and beef. The chicken and beef were cooked in the super hot burgundy oil fondue pot. A mix of Asian vegetables, glass noodles, and meats were dumped into the Chinese fondue and cooked slowly all together. A tray of six sauces were served up and I really loved what we referred to as the “spicy sauce” and the “curry mustard”, although we have no idea what actually made up the sauces.
Ordering two different three course meals turned out perfect because we just shared it all. By the time the chocolate came, we were more than stuffed and we had not even finished our other fondues. We were both surprised how much food was included, since we were sure it’d be more of a sampling, but each course was a full-on pot of fondue. The waiter’s were super friendly and helpful, and at the end of the meal, they joked “Was it better than The Melting Pot?” I’m sure they’ve used this line on every American ever to pass through the place, but we are cheesy and found it hilarious. And the answer? Of course it was better. The experience was touristy, but why wouldn’t it be? After all, pretty sure tourists are the only people interested in going out for a wildly expensive fondue night in Lucerne.
How have you experienced Fondue?