Fondue has been a weakness of mine ever since I found out it was a thing that existed. Melted cheese and bread? Or melted chocolate and fruit? And it was super popular in the 70s? SIGN ME UP. (Beef fondue also exists but is not proper fondue as far as I'm concerned.) I make it at home quite often when we have another couple over to help lessen the shame of eating that much. I've even had it in Paris before, at the famous place where they serve wine in baby bottles and at a place on Rue Mouffetard, but wanted to try someplace new this time.
We hopped on the Metro to a stop I'd never been to before, Ledru-Rollin. The neighborhood, close to the Bastille, was much more local and less touristy than our hotel home near Place de la Madeleine (though I suppose MOST of Paris fits that bill). On the short walk to the restaurant, we had an Invader sighting! I definitely thought the artist's name was actually Space Invader until I googled him just now. Oops.
I know you came here for porny cheese pics, though, and I shall not disappoint. We ordered from the "Le Chalet" set menu, which meant three courses of goodness.
La croûte Savoyarde salade, tomates, fromage, toast au jambon cru de Savoie, fromage
This was good because DUH it's cheese and bread and ham, but it felt superfluous in the face of...
Fondue Savoyarde Comté, Emmental de Savoie, Beaufort, Abondance
Need a closer look?
Awwww yeah, that's the good shit. They had a much wider choice of cheese fondue options, but we opted for the classic. Like most melted cheese that is not produced by Kraft, it did not disappoint. Cheesy goodness and plenty of flavor. And for dessert, of course I had...
Fondue au chocolat
The chocolate was nice and dark and came with an assortment of fruit, pound cake, and marshmallows. Controversial opinion alert: chocolate fondue is not as good as cheese fondue. There, I've said it. It tastes great, because it's MELTED CHOCOLATE, but cheese is the king of fondues now and forevermore.
If you're looking for a place for fondue a little off the tourist track (but not too far), I highly recommend this place. You don't even need a reservation.
Le Chalet Savoyard
58 rue de Charonne