At heart, I’m not much of a romantic. Sure, I’ll bring home flowers and little gifts sometimes, or I’ll cook a nice dinner and little gestures like that but, I’m no Cary Grant. I’m not the guy that romance novel authors right about. I’m just an average Joe who loves his family and sometimes has a hard time showing it.
I was relaxing after work one day and I saw an advertisement for a place in North West Portland, Oregon called Urban Fondue. It had cheese and wine and, based on the pictures, had an ambiance that would make the least romantic person on the planet feel weak in the knees and swoon with their heart all a-flutter.
Fondue is a delicious treat and there are few things more intimate than sharing bread and dipping it into the same bowl of cheese while sitting in a high backed booth chair in a softly, red lit room (or for those who prefer natural light, patio seating is now available). As my wife and I prepared for this scrumptious (and hopefully romantic excursion) I began to salivate, anticipating the deliciousness which was about to engulf my taste buds. And then my wife descended the staircase in a dress that literally left my jaw dropping onto the floor. This was going to be a good night. I could tell.
We drove to the location and, upon entering, we were bathed in romance. As we sat, we looked around and took in the surroundings. This was fancy, but not stuffy. The mood for love was in the air… and it was the middle of summer, not Valentine’s Day.
Urban Fondue, the name, isn’t all inclusive. While they are known for the fondues, they have a vast menu with everything from seafood, to steak, to salad to soups. Everything is made fresh, to order, and sourced with local ingredients. After some deliberation (and a little help from our helpful and patient waiter), we made our selection. We of course settled on the fondue, and selected two dipping sauces: Lime Chili and Apple Chipotle Relish.
As we waited for our food, my wife and I just sat in silence, holding hands across the table, looking at each other with a new kind of admiration. Urban Fondue was working its magic and we hadn’t even begun to eat, though we could smell the irresistible aromas emanating from the kitchen.
When the food arrived, we ate slowly. Delectable food like this shouldn’t be inhaled. It should linger on your lips and your tongue. Your taste buds should enjoy the experience as much as the rest of your body. And, naturally, they did. Everything was great. Everything was perfect and, even though the bill made my eyes bulge for a moment, I looked at my gorgeous and happy wife and all was right in the world.
Urban Fondue is located in the Northwest District of Portland at 2114 NW Glisan St and is open Monday through Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 4- 11 and Sundays from 4-9. Come in early for the early bird specials.