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It’s
summer (sort of) and digesting a multi-course feast occasionally feels a bit
much. Fondue was way popular back in the 70s, and—like every other trend from
that campy decade—is set to make a comeback today. Sure, you could invest in
the pot and skewers and DIY, but why? There are enough places in town that
offer a great cheese—or chocolate—experience without you having to worry about
burning the Callebaut. Here are a few places to try out for a bit of
hippy-dippy communal dining.

The Place: Au Petit Chavignol

The Fondue: Savoyarde cheese blend

The Price: $20 small / $38 large

Comes With: Cornichons, silver
onions, bread; optional kielbasa, fingerling potatoes.

Savoyarde
is a typical French blend of three cheeses—Gruy
ère, Emmental and
Beaufort. The good folks at Au Petit like to mix things up now and again, so
the blend can change from week to week. The only consistent part is the
taste—rich, aromatic and dee-licious. Comes in two sizes. The small is perfect
for two, and make sure to order the grilled kielbasa.

845 East Hastings St.

604-255-4218

aupetitchavignol.com

The Place: Afterglow Lounge

The Fondue: Smoked applewood cheese

The Price: $10 per person (minimum two people)

Comes With: French baguette, lamb
chops, braised short ribs, yam fries, fruit.

It’s
usually cheddar, but can change now again, according to the whim of the chef.
This is not fondue for the faint-of-meat, so get your incisors ready. The yam
fries are inspired, with or without the cheese, and you can order more if
necessary. You just might not have room.

1079 Mainland St.

604-602-0835

glowbalgrill.com

The Place: Burgoo Bistro

The Fondue: Brie cheese OR
Fonduemental

The Price: $13 each

Comes With: Bread, grape tomatoes,
apples, grapes.

Blended
with white wine, roast garlic, honey and thyme, the brie fondue might be the
least calorie-conscious meal you ever have. But that fact is nicely balanced
out by the sheer enjoyment of dipping anything into the big bowl of thick,
gooey cream. If you run out of things to skewer, they will happily refill your
bread basket. The Fonduemental is more traditional blend of Gruyere and
Emmental, spiced with white wine and herbs, and almost as tasty as the brie
version.

Multiple locations

burgoo.ca

The Place: Yew Restaurant

The Fondue: Milk chocolate OR
Cheese

The Price: $10 per person (minimum two people)

Comes With: Almond-hazelnut
biscotti, marshmallows, pineapple brulée, mini cranberry-cheese cupcakes,
frozen grapes.

Possibly
one of the most decadent and luxurious chocolate fondues in the city. And
that’s without taking into account the impressive sides. The frozen grapes stay
chilled after being dipped, and the combination of hot and cold is worth the
potential toothache. The only thing sweeter is the price. The cheese fondue is
usually served up with grilled chorizo, poached pears, potatoes and bread.

791 West Georgia St.

604-692-4939

fourseasons.com/vancouver

The Place: Mink a Chocolate Café

The Fondue: Milk or dark chocolate

The Price: $9

Comes With: Graham wafers and
marshmallows.

Remember
the taste of those s’mores you ate around the campfire as a kid? The gifted
folks at Mink sure do, so they provide you with a mini hibachi so that you can
toast the marshmallows before you mush them between your chocolate dipped
graham crackers. Or you could mush first, and then dip…yeah, let’s do that.

863 West Hastings St.

604-633-2451

minkchocolates.com