Refuge des Fondus

Refuge des Fondus

Back in 2003, when I visited Beth in Paris during our junior year abroad, we had dinner at this fantastic little restaurant in Monmartre. The space is so narrow that the waiter has to help ladies literally climb over the tables in order to sit down at the bench seats along the walls. The menu consists of only two options: meat or cheese fondue, but the prix fixe also include: an aperitif, mixed cheese, sausage, and veggie appetizer platter, wine, and fruit cocktail dessert. The most unique aspect to Refuge des Fondus, however, is that they serve their wine in baby bottles. Traditional glasses are not available. You drink from the bottle, or you don’t drink.

The ambiance is greatly assisted by the waiter’s playful harassment and condescension of American tourists as well as the intimate proximity of your fellow diners. The whole restaurant is two long tables, so getting acquainted with your neighbors is half the fun.

Vic, Gus, Pete, Krissy, Michelle, and Beth (Left to Right)

Vic, Gus, Pete, Krissy, Michelle, and Beth (Left to Right)

This year, Beth and I went a friend of hers from library school named Michelle, Michelle’s boyfriend (Pete), Pete’s brother (Gus), and Gus’s girlfriend (Krissy). We met up with them at 7pm and took a quick detour to admire Sacre Cour before stopping for drinks at a café near the restaurant as we waited for our reservation at 8:30pm. Though I’d never met Michelle or any of her compatriots, we hit it off splendidly and the rest of the evening was a whole lot of fun.

Vic and Beth at Refuge des Fondus

Vic and Beth at Refuge des Fondus

Diners are Encouraged to Write On the Walls

Diners are Encouraged to Write On the Walls

Wine in Baby Bottles!

Wine in Baby Bottles!

Fondu Up-Close

Fondue Up-Close

Vic and Beth Share Cheese Fondu

Vic and Beth Share Cheese Fondue

The Meat Course

The Meat Course

Meat Fondu Cooking

Meat Fondue Cooking

Half-way Through Dinner

Half-way Through Dinner

Vic is Definitely "Under the Influence"

Vic is Definitely "Under the Influence"

I Think the Wine is Taking Effect

I Think the Wine is Taking Effect

Mid-Dinner Make Out

Mid-Dinner Make Out

Beth at the After-Dinner Spot

Beth at the After-Dinner Spot

All the Wine Made Vic Sleepy

All the Wine Made Vic Sleepy

We had so much fun with Michelle, Pete, Gus, and Krissy that we invited them to come to Versailles with us.