I’m going to be honest, the smell of fondue makes me nauseous. It has something to do with the pungent aroma of melted gruyere cheese. So, I passed by several fondue restaurants in Switzerland, deterred by the smell wafting from them. But, I couldn’t possibly leave Zurich without trying something so traditionally Swiss. So, I plugged my nose and entered Swiss Chuchi.
And then I turned around and walked out. I can do this. I walked back in.
I took one of the last seats in this bustling restaurant and quickly ordered a Swiss Cabernet, maybe the smell of wine will melt away the smell of cheese. Not a chance.
Swiss Chuchi is a well-known eatery in Zurich that specializes in traditional Swiss style food. Though there were plenty of other tempting dishes on the menu to choose from, a pot of fondue sat on almost every table, a not-so subliminal message.
I really didn’t need any convincing, because the main reason I was enduring the cheesy stink was for fondue.
I ordered a pot of traditional fondue with ham & champignon mushrooms for 28 francs ($30.86 usd). Ouch. Stinky cheese is expensive in Zurich.
The traditional fondue is made with four cheeses, including Gruyere, though I was hoping that the other three others would disguise it.
The pot came to the table bubbling hot, with a basketful of cubed bread. I stuck a cube of bread on my fondue pitchfork and dipped it into the melted bowl of cheese.
Please don’t taste like gruyere smells.
This fondue was melted goodness, a perfect gooey blend of all four cheeses without a hint of foulness. Little bits of ham and mushroom were lightly stuck to the bottom of my pot, easily dislodged with my fork.
My fondue was not cooling down at all on top of the continual flame, which made it difficult to shove as much slathered bread into my mouth as rapidly as I wanted. Thankfully, I noticed a spoon like device meant to be put over the flame to control the temperature. Which I did. It continued to bubble for three more minutes and then the heat became a more manageable level.
That’s when the real gorging began.
As the smell of gruyere subsided or my nostrils acclimated, I ordered another glass of wine to rapidly enjoy the remaining 42 cubes of bread.
It turns out that I am a big fan of a meal that consists solely of bread and cheese. Aren’t you?
Two very small glasses of wine $18.67, one individual pot of fondue $30.86, a memorable bucket list worthy experience…priceless.
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