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A buddy of mine was recently asking about a place in the Boston/Cambridge area to find fondue...not just chocolate, but cheese fondue as well. I know of a few places that do chocolate as dessert, but is there anywhere in Boston that does real fondue?

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  1. The Suisse Hotel has cheese fondue.

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    1. re: Joanie

      Unfortunately the place is a dump and the fondue is terrible (this, as of 2 years ago - went once, won't ever go back.) I wish I knew of an alternative to suggest.

      1. re: mb

        Hmm, I thought someone here wrote about it and enjoyed their fondue. And I had a decent dinner there once. While not one of the finer hotel dining rooms in town, it didn't seem like a dump to me.

        1. re: Joanie

          Perhaps 'dump' seems a bit harsh, but for context, I did visit the restaurant with two other experienced diners - one who lived in Switzerland for many years (it was his longing for fondue that got us there) - and none of us would ever go back.

        2. re: mb

          I must disagree with you on all counts. As my review below says, I thought the ambiance was nice, with a muted elegance. I'd really like to know what factors led you to call the restaurant a dump?

          The four of us in our party all felt the fondues, both cheese and chocolate, were very good (as was everything else we had) and the service was excellent.
          I've never been to Switzerland, so I've never had the "Real Thing", so maybe my opinion would differ if I have a big base of fondue knowledge to compare Cafe Suisse's version against. Happily, my uneducated palate doesn't know any better, and I plan to head back this fall for a big pot of melty tasty cheese.

          The only other place I am aware of that does fondue is/was Grendel's in Harvard Square. I haven't been there since they have resituated themselves in the renovated space, so I don't know if the menu remains the same.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      2. Suissehotel has a good traditional cheese fondue (and various meat and trendy fondues, but the cheese is best) as well as Toblerone chocolate fondue. The closest thing to authentic you'll find around here. Decor is standardized hotel decor but grab a booth and it's fine. Must disagree with the complaint in an earlier post.

        B-side Lounge, Cambridge, has good, inexpensive dark chocolate fondue.

        Temple Bar, Cambridge, has OK blue cheese fondue (not in a real fondue pot) with lots of veggies. It's a good appetizer but is by no means traditional Swiss style. They also have chocolate fondue I haven't tried.

        Grendel's in Cambridge, Harvard Square, now relocated to the basement of it's former space, still has traditional cheese fondue. Used to be good, but I haven't had it since the move.

        I've heard about he lamb and gorgonzola fondue at No. 9 Park, Downtown, but haven't had it.

        1. Suissehotel has a good traditional cheese fondue (and various meat and trendy fondues, but the cheese is best) as well as Toblerone chocolate fondue. The closest thing to authentic you'll find around here. Decor is standardized hotel decor but grab a booth and it's fine. Must disagree with the complaint in an earlier post.

          B-side Lounge, Cambridge, has good, inexpensive dark chocolate fondue.

          Temple Bar, Cambridge, has OK blue cheese fondue (not in a real fondue pot) with lots of veggies. It's a good appetizer but is by no means traditional Swiss style. They also have chocolate fondue I haven't tried.

          Grendel's in Cambridge, Harvard Square, now relocated to the basement of it's former space, still has traditional cheese fondue. Used to be good, but I haven't had it since the move.

          I've heard about he lamb and gorgonzola fondue at No. 9 Park, Downtown, but haven't had it.

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          1. re: munchabunch

            Ooh. I forgot about that lamb and gorgonzola fondue. Incredible rich fondue with tender lamb loin chops coated in a black olive crust. It's great to sit at the bar and order this (but pricey - it's a mini-fondue portion serving one for $14).

            1. re: Rubee

              second the 9 Park version