Fondue, which is very good fun, is most usually made of melted cheese, in a communal pot over a portable stove. Then you dip!
Although the dish dates as far back as the 1700s, Cheese Fondue became very popular in the 1950s. People even entertained with dedicated fondue parties then. Yeup it was a thing. Good with the other 50s thing - cocktails too. Wink. Wink.
Fast forward to 2018, and now it's your chance to get dipping in Sydney. The team at Swissôtel Sydney has recreated a traditional fondue recipe for Sydneysiders and guests to enjoy during the city’s colder months.
Swissôtel Sydney’s fondue recipe is a combination of Swiss cheeses including Emmental (a yellow, medium-hard, savoury and mild tasting cheese) and Gruyere (a traditional, creamy, unpasteurised, semi-soft cheese), Kirsch (a clear, colourless fruit brandy), white wine and garlic, all blended together and served in one deliciously warm pot.
The chefs at Swissôtel Sydney can also adapt the flavour to suit individual preferences by adding Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese, Gorgonzola Dolce blue cheese or truffle on request… or all three!
The fondue is served with traditional crusty baguette bread, pickled onions and a farmer’s garden salad. Other delicious dip-able additions to choose from include spiced meatballs, ‘mac and cheese’ croquettes, potato rostis, beer battered chips, seasonal vegetables, mushrooms, cured speck, pork salami, and even nashi pear.
To complement the experience, Swissôtel Sydney has also curated a unique beverage menu which pairs perfectly with the fondue. Their selection includes Kirsch, mulled wine, peach schnapps, calvados and apple schnapps.
The Swiss cheese fondue experience is now available at Swissôtel Sydney, located right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The experience is priced from $29 per person with a minimum of two people per booking. After all, dipping by yourself just wouldn't be as much fun, would it?
We know you want it. And if we twist your arm you might even want to wash the cheese dip down with a beverage or two.
Warning: fondue tradition dictates that if a person loses their bread in the fondue pot they owe the group a round of drinks!