Forever Fondue in La Jolla: Dipping was never so divine!
By Kelley Carlson
Forever Fondue brings together a blend of people — from couples on dates to families — who are there for a collective cause: to indulge in rich cheeses and chocolates.
The restaurant has been a La Jolla fixture since 2000, and in its current location on Prospect Street since 2005. Its modern dining room (in brick red and earthy, neutral tones) is primarily filled with booths where guests gather around steaming fondue pots in the center of the tables. Some patrons prefer to sit at the bar, where a TV broadcasting sports is the center of activity. Meanwhile, friendly servers weave their way around the room in time to the beat of the latest Top 40 tunes.
“We’re pretty fun and relaxed,” assistant Tina Roberts said with a smile.
And the dining experience is interactive. A server brings a pot to the table and prepares cheese fondue from scratch in front of the customers, until it achieves a smooth finish. Most of the fondues have a beer base, some use wine, and all of them come with apple slices, vegetable pieces and bread chunks.
The restaurant’s most popular cheese fondue is the Cheddar-Smoked Gouda, with bacon, onions and garlic. A more traditional choice is the Camembert and Swiss with Caramelized Onions, which also incorporates sharp Gruyere, white wine, garlic, ground nutmeg, a splash of kirschwasser (cherry brandy) and crushed walnuts.
However, there’s more than just cheese fondue on the menu. There are four types of salads and a half-dozen a la carte entrees, composed of vegetables, chicken, steak or seafood. The meats are cooked at the table, as pieces are held in boiling broth for several minutes, and then served with a variety of sauces on the side.
Of course, there’s also dessert, and in this case, it’s in the form of chocolate fondue. Patrons may order something as simple as Milk, White or Dark Chocolate, or select more complex concoctions such as the Raspberry and Caramel Noir blended with dark chocolate, or The Dirty Angel, which consists of white chocolate mixed with DiSaronno Amaretto.
For an “all-inclusive” meal, Roberts recommends ordering The Original Fondue Foursome, which offers bigger portions than other options. After dining on the first two courses of salad and cheese fondue, patrons are presented with slices of tenderloin filet, teriyaki sirloin, tarragon chicken breast, citrus and garlic shrimp and bay scallops for their entree.
The finale features a choice of Milk, White or Dark Chocolate Fondue, served with pieces of fruit, portions of moist pound cake, mini squares of Rice Krispie Treats and a slice of creamy cheesecake. Keep in mind that this is particular dining experience is leisurely: It lasts approximately 90 minutes..
A money-saving tip: Check Forever Fondue’s website for coupons.
Address: 909 Prospect St., Suite 190
The Vibe: Casual, Upbeat, Intimate
Signature Dishes: The Original (Dinner for Two)
Open Since: 2005 (current location)
Hours: 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Phone: (858) 551-4509
Patio Seating: No
Take Out: No
Happy Hour: No
On The Menu Recipe
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