Fondue in Basel
Following its descent from the Alps, the Rhine River runs westerly along the Swiss-German border until the town of Basel, after which it runs right and follows a northerly path dividing France and Germany until it eventually empties into the North Sea. It’s as if Basel is a keystone, linking France, Germany, and Switzerland together in an odd melting pot of cultures.
In homage to this idea of melting pots, we went out for fondue on our one night in Basel before returning to France to spend 3 days in the Alsace region. The Restaurant Elsbethenstübli serves traditional Swiss plates but specializes in fondue and raclette, both their own recipes. We had the fondue, which arrived in a simmering red pot filled with velvety melted cheese and paired nicely with a bottle of minerally Swiss white. We were welcomed graciously despite arriving shortly after the restaurant stops seating and were the only foreigners in the place. There were 4 large parties of older locals, which is always promising as it tends to suggest good food at modest prices.
Dinner was simple and delicious, and despite eating what seemed like a lot I didn’t feel stuffed at the end. Dessert was a shot of kirschwasser. Zum wohl!