Aree’s House is a Swiss (Pierre) and Thai (Bee) managed, family oriented restaurant and guesthouse. Offering not only fondue, a ‘House’ specialty, but many other traditional Swiss dishes often with a strong emphasis on fromage – that’s French for cheese! Switzerland is said to be home to about 450 varieties of cheese. In our tasting session, the two which featured prominently were Gruy.re, with a sweet but slightly salty flavour and Vacharin with a more acidic and resiny flavour. There are many different ways Swiss cheeses can be enjoyed at Aree’s. We sampled “cro.tes au fromage,” slices of bread dipped in white wine then topped with thick layers of cheese and oven baked until the upper crust is melted and golden yellow.
We also savored Cordon Bleu, which the menu describes as breaded pork slice, cheese and bacon accompanied by a special French salad. Aree’s menu has both an English language version as well as French. However for me, ‘Cordon Bleu’ is readily understandable and a much more evocative description than the translation. Somehow English tends to demystify the dish which was a highlight of our tasting.
In this case to the pork took second place to the delicious creamy filling, a dash of lime juice was all that was needed to complete the dish. Fondue is a Swiss, Italian, and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot over a portable stove, and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks with bread into the cheese. The name is derived from the French verb fondre (“to melt”). Half Gruy.re cheese, half Vacherin – that’s how you make a Fribourg Alp’s fondue, Switzerland’s favourite and the Aree’s House specialty.
Exactly why this hearty warm seasoned “cheese soup” became the Swiss national dish is unclear. It’s enjoyed with (plenty of) drink, laughter and chat. In the western world many people will have a large round and portably heated fondue pot somewhere in their kitchen; it was a popular wedding present during the popularity of home fondue parties in the ‘70s. At Aree’s, instead of a fondue party at home you can enjoy this delicious family friendly experience in the casual setting of their restaurant.
Don’t think of fondue as just apr.s ski; apr.s beach works just as well in Hua Hin! (1 -2 persons 790 THB, 3-4 persons THB 1550 THB.) Aree’s House: Soi 55 (130/3), a green building on the left heading towards the ocean.
Phone: +66 032 531 353 Website: www.areeshouse.com