18 April 2012

Food in France | Refuge des Fondus

If you go to Paris and love fondue, you have to go to Refuge des Fondus. It's in the Montmartre area, and the stairs up to Sacre Coeur after dinner may make you feel a bit better about the amount of food you'll consume.

It'd be easy to walk by during the day, but at night, it's hard to miss. Iris called earlier in the day for us to get a reservation for 3 on Saturday night. They offered us 6 PM and 10:30. Obviously we went with 10:30 and there were about 15 people waiting outside.

The walls are black, red, and full of graffiti. The waiter holds customers hands as they step over and across the banquet tables to sit against the wall. And it's hot and small with low ceilings. Luckily, the staff kindly asks for you to hang your jacket up in the back of the restaurant before you're seated.

To start, they bring a plate of appetizers with sliced meats, olives and, of course, cheese. Then we got to pick between meat and cheese fondue. I suppose we could have gotten both types, but with three people, that would have been a struggle. We chose cheese fondue and nearly finished the entire bowl. I was slightly disgusted with myself.
Apparently some UGA kids have been before, too!
For wine, you have two options: red & white. Both are served out of baby bottles. I guess it helps people prone to spilling, yours truly. It feels a little awkward at first, but it adds to the quirkiness of the whole place.
Our nice Spanish friends

Such a fun way to spend a Saturday night in the City of Lights!
What other restaurants should I visit on my next trip to Paris?

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