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Fondue in Toronto??

AlmaJean Jul 23, 2013 01:45 PM

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

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    ylsf RE: AlmaJean Jul 24, 2013 06:37 AM

    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. PoppiYYZ RE: AlmaJean Jul 24, 2013 06:21 PM

      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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        eppicurious RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 24, 2013 09:13 PM

        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.

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          estufarian RE: eppicurious Jul 25, 2013 07:20 AM

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

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          bytepusher RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 25, 2013 02:13 PM

          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)

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            AlmaJean RE: PoppiYYZ Aug 12, 2013 01:02 PM

            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. Ediblethoughts RE: AlmaJean Jul 25, 2013 02:34 PM

            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.

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              Cat123 RE: AlmaJean Jul 25, 2013 04:38 PM

              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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                CocoaChanel RE: Cat123 Aug 2, 2013 03:18 AM

                +1 for Carens

              2. elvisahmed RE: AlmaJean Jul 26, 2013 01:21 PM

                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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                  eller RE: elvisahmed Dec 26, 2013 06:16 PM

                  Barberians also serves beef fondue after 10.

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                  h3llbringer RE: AlmaJean Jul 29, 2013 09:04 AM

                  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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                    Ediblethoughts RE: h3llbringer Aug 1, 2013 07:28 PM

                    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?

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                      TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 2, 2013 04:05 AM

                      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.

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                        Ediblethoughts RE: TorontoJo Aug 2, 2013 07:14 PM

                        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.

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                          Jacquilynne RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 3, 2013 07:17 AM

                          I think the Richmond Hill Melting Pot closed.

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                            Ediblethoughts RE: Jacquilynne Aug 3, 2013 10:50 AM

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

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

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                              Jacquilynne RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 3, 2013 11:30 AM

                              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...

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                                Ediblethoughts RE: Jacquilynne Aug 3, 2013 07:49 PM

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

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                                  AlmaJean RE: Jacquilynne Dec 27, 2013 07:00 AM

                                  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.

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                      Bigtigger RE: AlmaJean Dec 26, 2013 09:08 PM

                      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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                        abigllama RE: Bigtigger Dec 27, 2013 12:01 AM

                        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.

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                          AlmaJean RE: Bigtigger Dec 27, 2013 06:50 AM

                          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!

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                            julesrules RE: Bigtigger Jan 3, 2014 08:07 PM

                            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.

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                            Snarf RE: AlmaJean Dec 27, 2013 06:46 AM

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

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                              AlmaJean RE: Snarf Dec 27, 2013 06:51 AM

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

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                                AlmaJean RE: Snarf Dec 27, 2013 06:58 AM

                                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. th3hungrycat RE: AlmaJean Dec 27, 2013 08:32 AM

                                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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                                  Ediblethoughts RE: th3hungrycat Jan 3, 2014 07:29 PM

                                  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?

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