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Fonduementale

Posted by Lucy Lent / April 14, 2009

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The big inviting window facing into the cozy interior of Fonduementale is comforting enough to make even the busiest person slow down and glance into this strictly fondue restaurant. The ones lucky enough to walk up the brick steps and into the Victorian home-turned-restaurant are in for a pleasant surprise. Fonduementale is a traditional restaurant, a rare find these days in a culinary world full of fads like fast food turned trendy and asian fusion cuisine.

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Fonduementale's menu offers four table d'hôte selections, as well as a larger menu with all types of fondue ranging from "The Swiss," to "Wild Game." On my recent trip we chose to try some of the more familiar varieties of fondue. We shared the "Breton," a Swiss fondue made with emmentaler, gruyere, cider and dijon, and a traditional Chinese fondue, a broth served with thin slices of raw beef, and four different dipping sauces. Each fondue comes with a small house salad with a miso-sesame dressing that was perfectly light and healthy; a calm before the storm of the rich filling food coming our way.

The Breton is one of many variations of the classic Swiss fondue made with emmentaler and gruyere. Including anything from pink peppercorns to blue cheese, each fondue is served with a big basket of cubed crusty bread. The bread however, was served a bit early at the start of our salad course, forcing me to fight off the temptation to eat the entire basket before my fondue arrived.

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The Breton's smooth texture was like silk, and the occasional bite of mustard seed provided just enough tanginess to break up the rich taste of the fondue. The mild undertones of cider added a different dimension to the Swiss fondue, which is often flavored with Kirsch, a strong cherry liquor. While the fondue was a bit thinner
than I would have liked, the bread soaked up every bit of cheese, and after we were finished the pot looked almost clean.

The Chinese fondue was served with beautiful cuts of beef with mushrooms, tomatoes, and other vegetables. The thin beef cooked quickly in the hot flavorful broth and the accompanying dipping sauces were of an interesting variety. The sauces, which included a garlic aioli, a miso dressing, a soy sauce based sauce, and horseradish ketchup could have been served in larger portions, and I found they were lacking in character and taste in comparison to everything else. With meats from buffalo with black pepper to muskok in thyme, even the most experienced fondue connoisseur has something new to try. On my next visit I would like to try the Raclette, a cheese and potato dish served with cured beef and magret de canard.

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Fonduemental's perfect portions from the salad to the entrées left us room for dessert. When going to a fondue restaurant I believe no one should ever turn down the chance to have chocolate fondue. While the chocolate fondue was truly decadent; the small unenthusiastic fruit plate was a bit of a disappointment. With one strawberry, a few small pieces of pineapple, a lot of apple, and a drizzling of mini marshmallows the fruit plate did not match up to the fondue.

Around 9:00 I looked up to find almost all of the tables filled with happy people dipping small bites into the gleaming metal pots. The service was a little spotty at times with the occasional overly attentive waiter, even asking if we would like our picture taken, followed by a long wait for the bill. Maybe this is all in the plan to slow us down and remind us to take time to enjoy our meal.

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Fonduementale will set you back anywhere from $30.00 to $45.00 per person depending on the selection of wine and the fondue ordered. Table d'hôte drives a good bargain for those planning on trying a lot of different things off the menu. Fonduementale also offers special menus for groups and a beautiful outdoor garden dining area.

Walking down the brick steps of Fonduementale, I found relief knowing the service, inviting atmosphere, and delicious food were maybe for a few diners restoring their memories to a time of slowing down with friends to enjoy a delicious meal cooked with care, instead of settling for another night of second-rate take out and an inbox full of e mails.

Fonduementale is located at 4325 rue St. Denis (metro Mont Royal) Reservations recommended on weekends.

Discussion

8 Comments

Tim / April 15, 2009 at 10:50 am
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Looks tasty
Y.R / April 21, 2009 at 02:21 pm
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This place is amazing!
And even though the fondue is one of the best I've tasted in Montreal....The salad is one of the reasons I go back!
golu dolls / February 1, 2019 at 09:37 pm
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nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 1, 2019 at 09:37 pm
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nice post
kanchipuramsarees / February 1, 2019 at 09:39 pm
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nice post
herbal powder / February 1, 2019 at 09:40 pm
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nice post

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