This little fondue restaurant is in the Marais, just down from the Georges Pompidou Center, you can actually see the back of the center down the street. We ate here a couple months ago, when it was still raining and cold and I finally decided to write a post (lazy summer). There are not very many fondue restaurants in Paris and judging from the reviews this is the best although it is really a “hole-in-the-wall” location. Still, we enjoyed the food and everyone was very friendly. The restaurant is owned by two brothers who speak English and are both nice to talk to.
The restaurant is on two levels, street level and downstairs in the “cave”. Both are cozy but nicely done.
We got a traditional Savoy cheese fondue, it came with a bowl of French bread and a small salad. The fondue smelled great and tasted just as good. It was cheesy, stringy and had the wine and garlic of good fondue. Although I cannot say exactly what cheeses they used, I suspect they included good French Gruyere or Compte and Emmetal. They have six different kinds of cheese fondue. They range from the traditional Savoy (cheese) fondue to fondues based on goat cheese or camembert.
For desert we had the chocolate fondue with fresh fruit. The chocolate was good, I felt like licking the plate.
In addition to the cheese fondue they have meat fondue and for the summer months, plates of cheeses by region. Point out the region on the map and they will choose six varieties for you. They also have raclettes, a sort of fondue in which cheese is melted at the table on a grill and put over cold cuts and/or potatoes on a plate. Tartiflets are a sort of Savoy cheese casserole with bacon, potatoes and onions. Finally they have six different “countryside snacks”, a slice of Poilane bread (a very good Parisian bread), vegetables, delicatessen and various kinds of cheese, this is toasted and comes with a green salad. TripAdvisor reviews were almost uniformly excellent and they have received a 2013 Certificate of Excellence. We loved the experience and the food, make reservations, it is a small place. The address is Located on 3, Rue Geoffroy-l’Angevin, 75004 Paris.
Official Website: http://painvinfromages.com/