17 rue des 3 Frères
01 42 55 22 65
Monday to Sunday 7pm-12midnight
This is a very cool restaurant. They have just 2 items on the menu: Cheese fondue, or Meat fondue. It is a very small restaurant, with just 2 long rows of tables. When you enter the restaurant you are ushered to your seat, and those who are seating inside (ie with their backs against the wall) have to climb over the tables to get into their seat – very interesting indeed. There’s graffiti all over the walls, and a very extensive collection of currencies from all around the world.
The first thing that we were presented with was wine, which came in milk bottles! On hindsight it was definitely rather disgusting sucking on the bottle, and I hope they clean and sterilize it thoroughly after each use, but while we were there it was very novel indeed.
The food is definitely not French, and it is definitely not fine dining, but it is great fun eating at Refuge des Fondus. The aperitifs and light nibbles are served next, and very soon later, the pots of oil (or cheese depending on what you order) arrive. To cook the meat in the meat fondue you skewer the meat and dunk them in the pot with oil. We feel that the oil at Refuge des Fondus is not as sickening as some of those we’ve had in Switzerland, and you don’t feel like you’re going to gain 10pounds afterwards. The cheese fondue is pretty good as well, and definitely not as strong as the ones we’ve had in Switzerland, which suits A much better.
Overall, this is a very nice place to go and have a good time – definitely not for the uptight. From the way you climb into your seats to the way you drink your wine, those who are particular about table manners and etiquette will be in for a huge shock!