Walliser Stube – Fondue Experience In Lake Louise

Walliser Stube is a restaurant located inside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (a fantastic hotel which I will talk about in a separate post). They are known for their fondue.

The restaurant has a nice old school feel. Lots of wood panels and low lights.

We went for the Chateau Experience. It starts with “mushroom and shallot fondue”. The excitement builds as they bring the heated base to your table and some pretzel bread which is also recommended to be dipped in the cheese.

According to the restaurant’s website “Critics call the deliciously gooey traditional cheese fondue the best outside Switzerland.” This was my first time having a savory fondue so I have no idea about the claim, but it was definitely an exciting way to eat.

They brought us some pickled veggies and apple slices to be dipped, in addition to the bread. I would of preferred other items like mushrooms, a few non-pickled veggies etc, but it was still an enjoyable experience. The sauce itself was good but I could not taste the truffles.

The second course, beef tenderloin, was very good. It was more enjoyable than the previous two disappointing steak dinners at 1888 and Chuck’s. Not directly comparable, but taste wise, this was better.

For dessert, more fondue. The chocolate was Toblerone and it came with cream puffs, strawberries, pineapple and pastries to dip.

Overall, the service and atmosphere was good. I don’t know enough about fondue to say whether it was authentic or comparable to what you would get in Switzerland. However, if I was staying at the hotel again, I would return for dinner and see if they could give us some other items for dipping with the first course.

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