Four Seasons The Westcliff Hotel's Westcliff Winter fondue. Photo: Supplied

The Four Seasons The Westcliff Hotel launched on Tuesday this week their winter campaign.

The campaign features the choice of three savory fondues, to be enjoyed by a minimum of four people.

Fondue, traditionally a Swiss concept is dated back to the 1600s with the cheese fondue being the most popular. It is a mixture of four cheeses with seasoning. Depending on who is making it, white wine is also one of the main ingredients.  

Since the 1600s, there have been several variations of the dish, with the French developing a style and the Italians going their own route as well. There are also dessert fondues, with chocolate being the most popular but with variations made with  coconut, honey, caramel, or marshmallow.

At The Westcliff, a team of chefs has created three fondues, a Classic Cheese, Carnivore and a Chinese Fondue for guests to enjoy. There is also the Belgian hot chocolate that is served  at the guests leisure.

The available fondue options are the  Carnivore Fondue, which was a Oxtail Consommé, a form of clear soup, served  with strips of Angus beef fillet, veal noche, chicken fillet, portobellini mushrooms, pomme de pont neuf (soft fried potatoes) and broccolini with cognac pepper and horseradish that need to be cooked in the soup. Served with three variations of chimichurri sauce, the cooked meats and vegetables can be eaten with sauces.

Then the mostly seafood based Chinese Fondue, a Shellfish Fumet, which is served with  farmed seabass, Norwegian salmon, Queen prawns, calamari, Kenyan beans and Shitake mushrooms with Sambal Oelek. The can be enjoyed with  Vietnamese and peanut sauce dipping sauces.

Lastly, the Cheese Fondue that is a mixture of Fontina & Gruyere cheeses, served with rosemary and garlic croutons, vegetable crudité, artichoke, broccolini, confit tomato and asparagus.

The Westcliff Winter fondues will run from today (June 1)  till July 31, Thursday to Sunday from 4-7pm. Reservations are essential.