Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Forever Fondue Offers a Touch of Swiss Culture in La Jolla

Forever Fondue is a unique place that offers a service that differentiates itself from other restaurants in the area. Located in the downtown district of La Jolla its customers consist of both locals and visitor foot traffic. If you have never had your dinner cooked from a fondue pot, this is your opportunity to try it.  There is nothing wrong with engaging in the unique from time-to-time just like your parents did in the 1960’s.

The restaurant has a variety of food options but centers around cheese, desert, salads and a main course. For two people the average price for a four-course meal is around $60. I ordered the $65 seafood combination that includes Mahi Mahi, Ahi, vegetables, mussels and salmon. By the time I finished the salad, cheese, main course and desert there really was not any room to eat anything else. This size meal might have been enough for at least three or more people.
The d├ęcor is traditional American with booths and table seating. There is a small bar in the back of the restaurant. At the time, I went it did not appear to be used or staffed but this may depend on the day. A host provided you with a seat and any beverages that you desire. Staff was friendly and dressed in simple server clothing of black pants and black shirt.

Fondue feasting is a slow process. One should not come and expect to be in and out within forty-five minutes. It takes a while for the fondue pot to heat to a steamy froth and each course is brought to guests in a leisurely manner.  If is a great place to frequent if you are looking to spend some time with your family or have a long conversation with someone. The fondue bowl provides something to play and fiddle with as you connect with others on the table. It is known as a communal pot for a reason.

The fondue dish was popular in the sixties and seventies as a party offering. Originally from Switzerland the fondue pot was used to melt cheese, wine and sometimes brandy. Stale pieces of bread or cheese were dipped and eaten in a traditional peasant style. The earliest known writing about fondue came from the Alps in a work entitled “To cook cheese with wine” around 1899.  In the mid 1960’s chocolate became an addition to the whole fondue experience. 

Forever Fondue
909 Prospect St #190
  La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 551-4509

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