Few meals are as emblematic of the Alps as a cheese fondue, and any Alpine ski resort worthy of the name will have a good selection of fondue restaurants. Les Deux Alpes is no exception. With dozens of restaurants offering a decent fondue it is not easy to pick the best.
The idea of a fondue is simple. For anybody unfamiliar with the concept, a pot of melted cheese and wine is brought to the table, along with a heat source to keep it melting through the meal. The diners dip cubes of bread into the cheese using special long forks. Variations come in the selection of cheese used, additional ingredients such as shallots or mushrooms, and the accompaniments offered.
Fondue is often seen as a Swiss dish but the same cuisine would have been found across the Alps on both sides of the border. The word ‘fondue’ is French for melted and was used in the 18th century to describe a dish made with eggs and cheese. The origin of the dish we know today is a little unclear. One story is that it originated with local farmers making the most of the food they had available in the winter – stale bread, old cheese and a little wine – to produce a hearty, appetising meal. A less romantic theory is that it was invented by Zurich restaurateurs catering for wealthy tourists. Either way, a fondue closely resembling the modern meal was described in a Swiss recipe book as early as 1699.
You are unlikely to find a bad fondue in Les Deux Alpes but the restaurants listed below stand out as offering something special.