934 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ
I have to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of fondue. To me, it reeks of the 1970’s and Suzy Homemaker entertaining her dinner guests, and in a bad, cheesy way. This may sound awfully hypocritical of someone who has a fondness for such retro dinosaurs as Polynesian-Chinese Tiki Bars, but I just don’t get the allure. Shabu-Shabu or Chinese hotpot is more of my style of communal dipping meal.
Nevertheless, Rachel likes fondue places, and we recently had such a mediocre and unsatisfying meal at a local Edgewater/Cliffside Park restaurant that I figured the night couldn’t get much worse, so we headed down River Road to Magic Pot. And I was pleasantly surprised.
Magic Pot Fondue Bistro is a modern, new-style fondue restaurant, bearing little resemblence to the old and tired fondue chains. Here you can expect to hear techno music being played in the background, and among the traditional cheese and broth-based fondues, you also get some interesting Pan-Asian and Latino versions of fondue pots as well, including dessert fondues featuring chocolate, peanut butter, caramel and melted marshmallow.
Rachel and I opted for the traditional fondue appetizer with Swiss Cheese. The server makes the fondue for you at table, carefully and slowly melting the grated cheese and incorporating it with white wine and cherry brandy and cracked black pepper.
You’re given metal skewers to dip pieces of French bread in the melted cheese sauce.
We also had a dessert fondue, dark chocolate with creme de coco and sweet dessicated coconut.
The dessert fondue was accompanied by strawberries, bananas, brownies and mashmallows.