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I just can't believe there isn't GREAT cheese and meat fondue in Toronto...any recommendations or ideas?

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  1. Cheeseworks on Bathurst has cheese fondue, but, in my opinion it isn't great. They have "fondue" nights but you can do it regular menu too.

    1. And I can't believe it is so hard to find polyester beige safari leisure suits, yellow tinted aviator glasses, and pet rocks. I guess some things are just meant to be missed...

      Just kidding (sort of).

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      1. re: PoppiYYZ

        Couldn't disagree more, but I do understand the humor.
        Fondue isn't a fad in many counties, we just made it that way here in NA. Unfortunately the only decent one I know of in the city is in my kitchen every couple months....and I serve it with clams casino, oysters Rockefeller and lobster Newburg but I stay away from the melon and prosciutto.

        1. re: eppicurious

          Lobster Newburg!
          There's something that I'd like to find again.

        2. re: PoppiYYZ

          I find it a little funny that this question seems to come up annually in the dead of summer. The Swiss consider fondue to be the quintessential winter dish and would never serve it this time of year (there is a fondue specialty restaurant in Gruyeres that runs year round for the tourists, a Swiss friend said that seeing people eating fondue in July was one of the weirdest things he had ever seen)

          1. re: PoppiYYZ

            What's wrong with a little 70's action anyway? I did LOL at your post though :) it's still very "in" in France, Montreal and Quebec...where I just came from. I just want to go out and have the "due" man.

          2. Le Rendez-Vous on Prince Arthur used to have about a half dozen choices of different (and each tasty and generously portioned, wonderfully balanced gooey) cheese fondues. I have never found one place to come close to it since its passing 10+ years ago.

            1. Caren's usually has a cheese one. It's on their cheese menu as opposed to the regular dinner menu. It's really good.

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              1. re: Cat123

                +1 for Carens

              2. The Barberian Steak house has a cheese fondue after 10 PM.
                SO does Art Square Cafe opposite AGO.
                I haven't tried both.

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                1. re: elvisahmed

                  Barberians also serves beef fondue after 10.

                2. Beerbistro has beer/cheese fondue, it's decent.
                  You could check out this list: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2012/...

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                  1. re: h3llbringer

                    Is it gooey cheese? Also curious: How is the portion size? The menu I found online oddly didn't have a price next to the cheese fondue... would it be an appetizer if shared or the main event?

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      If it hasn't changed in a few years, it's quite liquidy, not gooey. And it's more of an app than a main.

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        Doesn't sound like it's what I was looking for. The Melting Pot sounds wonderful but not going to Richmond Hill... perhaps a location will come a little more into the heart of the city.

                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                          I think the Richmond Hill Melting Pot closed.

                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                            Really? Didn't it just open a year ago?

                            Sigh.. sounds like no hope for good gooey cheese fondue in the Toronto scene.

                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                              Yeah, it was very short lived. It closed back in March, according to what I found on their website: http://www.meltingpot.com/richmond-hi...

                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                Thanks for posting the link. They still might re-open.. puzzling that they closed but they want to re-open. Some story there..

                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                  I was very excited to learn about the Melting Pot - than very let down when I found out it was CLOSED! I just don't get the lack of "due" in this city. Still, like the stealthy chipmunk, I will hunt.

                    2. At the risk of being expelled from this august board, I find Loblaw's PC cheese fondue to be delicious, just the right texture and a heck of a lot better than what one is often served in restaurants.

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                      1. re: Bigtigger

                        I'll second this. A friend brought cheese fondue to a pot luck party and everyone went crazy over it. He passed it off as his own recipe, then admitted later quietly that it was the PC brand. It's much better than it needs to be and fills the void when we get a craving.

                        We love cheese fondue and it's always a special meal for us when we're skiing in Quebec or out west. But the cheese fondues I've had in Toronto have generally been disappointing. We've had Beer Bistro's, Barberian's, and a couple of other places that had it as a special.

                        All were ok but generally not worth what they were charging. More on the booze and flour end rather than the cheese which makes it bland.

                        1. re: Bigtigger

                          I actually tried this super-market cheese fondue and LOVED it. I make it along with an oil/ meat option as well. I just want to be able to walk into a restaurant and order like you can in Quebec. Probably just wish-full thinking!

                          1. re: Bigtigger

                            Yup. It satisfies the craving and doesn't have any risk of "breaking" like homemade might. We have it for family Valentine's dinner followed by chocolate fondue.

                          2. I hear Coquine Express are thinking of doing it with their upcoming new menu. The little place behind Coquine.

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                            1. re: Snarf

                              Well that would be spectacular! At least a few restaurants should definitely serve it in winter..if nothing else. Thanks for the tip!

                              1. re: Snarf

                                I looked at the menu at Coquine Express and didn't see the "due" anywhere. Perhaps it's a special? will call. Thanks for the tip.

                              2. I've tried Fondue @ Fat Cat Wine Bar in Parkdale and also Cheesewerks' Fondue. Of the 2, def the Cheesewerks one is better.

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                                1. re: th3hungrycat

                                  Never heard of Cheesewerks and their menu is tres appealing. They don't say a lot about their fondue--is it a main meal or an appetizer size? Do you have a choice of cheeses? What do you dip in it?