Best fondue in Hong Kong – six places to eat the winter warmer, from gooey raclette to delicious dipping desserts
There’s nothing like a good fondue to warm you up on a cold winter’s night. As the temperature drops again, we’ve done the leg work for you and found six Hong Kong restaurants serving up the decadent dish
More cold weather is on the way. So if you’re fond of a cheesy fondue then this is your time to indulge. Here are six places to get your fix around Hong Kong.
The fondue here comes highly recommended. Some might say it’s because dinner is served by a real log fire, one of the few in Hong Kong. The real reason foodies get excited is the menu: raclette cheese fondue scented with saffron and sun-dried tomatoes (HK$608 for two); Tilsiter and Appenzeller cheese fondue flavoured with Calvados (HK$608 for two), just to name a few of their decadent
Savoury fondues come with a bread selection and some tasty side dishes. If you have room left, try the smooth chocolate fondue served with fresh fruits, brioche, marshmallows and Swiss Lindt chocolate sauce (HK$288 for two). This is for dinner only and available until the end of March.
The Verandah at The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Rd, Repulse Bay, tel: 2292 2822
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Chesa at The Peninsula
Chesa is sure to be on the radar of any fondue lover in the city. The cosy Alpine chalet-style restaurant has been around for more than 50 years. A visit must include a dip into its speciality cheese items whether it’s the raclette du Valais (with potatoes, gherkins and pickled onions) or the fondue moitié-moitié (a mix of Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeois). Make it easy and order both.
Chesa, 1/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2696 6769
The Swiss Chalet
This authentic restaurant is a favourite among the Swiss expats living in Hong Kong. It’s been around since 1989 and not even sky-high rents could deter owner Max Liechti (he just moved next door). A visit a few years ago triggers memories of good times and even better food.
In 2016 it received a Michelin review: “the menu is classic Swiss with a variety of cured meats and sausages, over 20 different cheeses, and of course the unmissable fondue made with five cheeses and kirsch, to be paired with their extensive selection of Swiss wines.”
The Swiss Chalet, 8 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2191 9197
Cafe on M
Cafe on M obviously had the gourmand in mind when it created its truffle and oyster buffet menu. We love the sound of the many truffle-inspired dishes – grilled oysters with truffle butter, fried oysters with black truffle in a clay pot, pan-fried foie gras with truffle balsamic sauce, roast beef with Perigord truffle sauce – but it’s the truffle cheese fondue that we’re most excited about. Available until February 28.
Cafe on M, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel 2731 2860
Good news, the guys at Bungalow have extended their seasonal special, Gruyère and Swiss Cheese fondue set, until the end of February. Available for only HK$288 for two people (add on HK$88 for a paired bottle of wine) it includes house-made brioche bread, herbed potatoes, pickles, pan-seared beef cubes and grilled prawn skewers.
Bungalow, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2623 7868
The smell of egg waffles (also known as egg puffs) cooking while strolling down the street is one of life’s simple pleasures – although sadly there are few sellers around these days. So fans of this humble street treat will be happy to know it’s being served at Townhouse in Central. And instead of cheese, the egg puff fondue set (HK$108) is served with vanilla cream.
23/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar St, Central, tel: 2344 2366