Food File: Fabulous Fondue

The best fondue in Nyon is apparently found at La Pinte in Rue de Rive.

I had never actually tried fondue before but it’s the dish I wanted to try while in Switzerland.

But when we walked into La Pinte, I hesitated.

“Psst,” I whispered to my trusty sidekick Lady T-Cat, who’d traveled all the way from Frankfurt to meet up with me and Miss M. “It smells like toilet cleaner in here.”

“No,” she whispered back, just as discreetly. “I think it’s the fondue smell.”

I looked at her in horror. Fondue smell? It smelled like toilet cleaner. And a very cheap brand at that.

“I don’t think I want to eat here,” I whispered, wondering if my legs could make it to another place after going up and down Nyon’s big hill several times looking for this highly recommended bistro.

T-Cat tried to calm me down by telling me it was wine I could smell. (She knows me well.)

She tried to calm me down even further by saying it was probably wine and brandy.

“It’s the brandy that smells,” she said, with a desperate glint in her eye. She had, after all, walked up and down the same gigantic hill I had — in heels.

I decided we’d stay. If the fondue was a bust, I’d just have wine and brandy for dinner, I thought to myself as I prised sharp cutlery out of Miss M’s busy hands.

We ordered a traditional Swiss version of fondue … and then I rushed to the back of the restaurant to where Miss M was trying to pull pictures off the wall.

Finally, a caquelon full of molten cheese arrived at the table. The toilet cleaner smell intensified … and became slightly cheesier. A basket of bread arrived.

Gingerly, I picked up a long fork, speared a chunk of bread and coated it with the cheese.

Oh my, it was gooood. And suddenly the toilet cleaner smell disappeared and all I could smell was fabulous fondue.

It was so good we ordered a second round.

La Pinte
Rue de Rive 40, Nyon

7 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. Fondue is one of my very favorite foods. YUM!!!!!
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    • Barbara says:

      It was very yummy. But I even after walking up and down that hill several times, I am pretty sure we consumed more calories than we burnt off. I don’t think fondue is an everyday dish.

  2. Fondue was my first meal in Paris. I’m sure we ended up at a touristy spot, but I loved the atmosphere, the fondue, and the French wine. I didn’t notice a weird smell though… maybe it’s a different type of fonue 🙂
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    • Barbara says:

      Perhaps the weird smell is part of the Swiss experience! I have to say, though, even at the time Lady T-Cat was telling me she didn’t notice a smell. I am a bit sensitive in the smell department, though.

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