Fondue of cheese? So are we! As the Swiss like to say, “La fondue cree la bonne humeur,” and it’s true that a gently bubbling pot of melted cheese always seems to bring in laughs and good times all around. Gather around the fondue pot with your loved ones and let this festive season be a particularly warm one as we take you through the best of fondue in Hong Kong!
A favourite among the city’s Swiss expat community, the Swiss Chalet has been knocking about since 1989. We’ve always had a good time and spectacular food at this rustic joint that offers an authentic Swiss dining experience, and they also became a well-deserved Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant in 2016.
Their unmissable Cheese Fondue (from $260 to $315 per person) comes in five varieties of cheese mixes flavoured with kirsch and is a true delight especially when paired with their extensive selection of Swiss wines. There are also non-alcoholic options, and if you still have space for dessert, sneak in a Toblerone Schoggoladä Fondüü (from $115 per person), flavoured with Grand Marnier and fresh mint.
The Swiss Chalet, 8 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2191 9197
As far as festive experiences in Hong Kong goes, it doesn’t get much better than drowning nibbles in melted cheese at The Verandah. There are a few options to choose from, but we really like the Tilsiter and Appenzeller Cheese Fondue ($608 for two) flavoured with Calvados. For true decadence, try the Black Truffle and Champagne Fondue ($708 for two), made with Emmental and Tilsiter cheese. The Gruyère and Raclette Fondue ($608 for two) is also fantastic and comes zinged up with saffron and sun-dried tomatoes for a lovely golden hue.
As if the food itself isn’t atmospheric enough, you get to dine right by a real log fire, which is obviously a rarity in Hong Kong and high-key one of the most wintery vibes ever. Finish off the meal with a decadent afternoon tea Chocolate Fondue ($288 for two) served with fruits, brioche, marshmallows, and profiteroles. The Verandah’s fondue menu runs later than most others, from January 8 to March 28, but good things to those who wait!
The Verandah, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2292 2822
This cosy Alpine chalet has been serving Hong Kong diners for more than 50 years. If you are huge lovers of raclette like us, this will be heaven for you; there’s just something so satisfying about their Raclette du Valais ($205) melted onto potatoes, pickled onions, and gherkins.
Of course, cheese fondue features highly on their menu too. Fondue Moitié-moitié ($298) is a Gruyère and Vacherin Fribourgeoise mix served with baguette, and our favourite Fondue Montagnarde ($310) features Emmental, Appenzeller, and Gruyère finished with Parmesan and smoked mountain bacon, then served with macaroni and potatoes. Absolute heaven.
Chesa, 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2696 6769
The RHKYC is running a seasonal fondue menu from now until the end of February 2020. Choose from the Swiss Cheese Fondue ($288) made with Gruyère and Emmental, the Dutch Farmhouse Cheese Fondue ($288) with Gouda, Gruyère, Fontina, and minced garlic, or the Dutch Goat’s Cheese ($288) version.
Interestingly, they also have a Chicken Assorted Meat Fondue ($588) with chicken consommé, Kagoshima beef, and chicken, all served with bean curd, shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese vegetables. We’re sticking with the original options, but this will be a great choice for someone who wants in on the fun, but can’t handle all that cheese.
Of course, access to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is only for members, so grab someone whose name is on the list!
Bistro, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Middle Island and Shelter Cove | (+852) 2239 0386
‘Kitchen theatre’ PLAYT are doing a Merry ‘Cheese’mas event this festive season with a copious array of cheese-themed dishes. Fondue is part of this buffet menu and comes with apple, broccoli, cauliflower, button mushrooms, and more to dunk into the oozy goodness. They also have raclette, which diners can choose to have with coppa ham, salami, gammon, or seafood, such as salmon and shrimp.
There are, of course, a whole range of other mouth-watering offerings, such as the Scallop Cheese Chowder in Cheesy Puff Pastry, the Cheesy Lobster Noodles, and Half Baked Cheese Tarts. This festive buffet ($338–$718) runs from December 7 until 23, with early-bird discounts available from now until the end of November.
PLAYT, 1/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2839 3311
Taking an Asian twist to this Swiss classic, the Astor has launched an Afternoon Tea ($228 per person) featuring a Japanese cheese fondue served with sashimi bowls, and over 40 kinds of yoshoku hot offerings and classic izakaya dishes to hem and haw over. Choose from the creamy Classic Fondue—made with Japanese mozzarella, Parmesan, Emmental, Hokkaido milk, and white wine—or the more indulgent Japanese Matsutake, which has incorporated porcini mushrooms and black truffle.
Diners can also decide which dippers they want, such as the classic Japanese snack narutomaki fish cake, chikuwa, mochi, salami, bread, and more. The Japanese Cheese Fondue Afternoon Tea Buffet is available on weekends and public holidays, from 3.15pm to 5.15pm.
The Astor, B1/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan | (+852) 2710 1901
J’s Bar Bistro has launched a new afternoon tea set pairing creamy cheese fondue with a range of sweet delights. The fondue is a mix of Emmental, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses, and comes with a variety of dippers such as Hokkaido scallops, salmon, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and French baguette. Grab a friend and soak up the pot of deliciousness, then finish off with lemon tartlets, mini waffles, green tea panna cotta, and more sweet treats.
The Cheese Fondue Afternoon Tea Set ($498 for two) is available daily from 3pm to 5.30pm. It comes with coffee, French Monbana hot chocolate, or Dammann tea, but diners can also add $108 to upgrade to Champagne Barons de Rothschild.
J’s Bar Bistro, 2/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East | (+852) 2733 2088
To elevate your holiday season to the next level, aqua’s chefs have created a unique golden dessert room filled to the rafters with glittering desserts—a veritable goldmine, if you will! After you’ve feasted your heart out at the Because Brunch, present your Willy Wonka-esque golden ticket to gain entry to this sweet destination.
Among the unlimited array of glistening cakes, brownies, ice cream, and the golden macaron tree, the pièce de résistance is their Gold Chocolate Fondue Fountain, where you can dip gold marshmallows and fruit into the golden-coloured melted chocolate, then sigh dreamily at the luxury of it all. aqua’s Because Brunch ($688 per person) is available every weekend and public holiday until January 31, 2020.
aqua, 29 and 30/F, One Peking, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3427 2288