The story of My Pleasure Cavern and Fondue

A late morning cuppa, a quick brunch, a quiet evening.
In introspection. In jubilance. In gloom.

Whenever Skeety does not want to tax her brain about the place she should be headed to, the brain, on its own, pops out the answer: MARKER CAFE.
Pleasant blue walls, good service, decent food, serene ambience – I show you, today, My Beloved Pleasure Cavern.

In one of the backlanes of Khan Market, I climb up a dozen broad stairs to reach this place.
And then, the fun begins.
This winter, I was there to sample their Fondue.
Skeety knows that the Fondue being a community dish, is not meant to be had alone, but then, for want of peace, Skeety had it all by herself πŸ˜›

Okay, Skeety did order the Kahwa alongwith. If that is any relief for those who go back with growling tummies after reading my posts πŸ˜›

The Fondue is tastefully served in an earthern pot (with a tealight flickering beaneath to keep the cheese bubbling) with squared pieces of bread and crackers.

People at Market Cafe happily admit that they don’t do an authentic Fondue, but what is their own variant of the original recipe. And Skeety says it tastes oh-so-lovely, though she is YET to taste the real thing.
The Kahwa was not as good as it ought to be. But then, they claim to have learnt it from a Kashmiri guy whose preparation is much appreciated in the Delhi party circuit.
The Hot Chocolate Mud Pie is their clame to fame and I absolutely love the Goat’s cheese on baked Walnut bread with Za’tar that they do.
Coming back to the Fondue (which is the swiss national dish), there are interesting legends which do rounds as the printed word spreads across the globe through some of those wonderfully bound books on food (not recipes books, mind you).
I will share two with you:
One goes that during the harsh winters, the shepherds of the Alps, having little or no vegetation around, combined cheese, wine and milk to make the cheese sauce, and ate it with the thick bread.
Another interesting version is that during the Swiss Reformation, when food supplies fell alarmingly short in Zurich, the Catholics and the Protestants merged all cheese, wine and milk into a big pot and ate it by dunking pieces of bread into this pot of cheese sauce, and hence was born, the great FONDUE.
What are you waiting for? Dunk your way to a riot of flavours, before the foggy mornings fade away to pave way for the scorching summers. And come to me with a happy tummy and smiling face πŸ™‚

0 thoughts on “The story of My Pleasure Cavern and Fondue”

  1. OMG! Look at that flower pot converted into Fondue pot! So cool! We had Cheese Fondue for Super Bowl party, it was yummy. I love the blue color walls at home or at the restaurant,as if sitting by the Ocean!:))

  2. market cafe : jack of all trades and master of none…….

    its a decent place and the only reason to visit it again and again is their policy of encouraging upcoming artists…

  3. asha: πŸ˜€ I too love the blue colour…super cool!
    anita: πŸ˜€ thanks. *bows* yes there are many waiting for me to explore them πŸ˜›
    Gonecase: puchna bhuool gayi.
    The Keeper of the Keys: I don’t count kilos πŸ˜‰ yeah must visit πŸ˜€
    siropdevanille: I am yet to visit the newly opened mocha 😐 sigh. I am yet to taste Riesling as well as Sauvignon Blanc. πŸ™
    c e e d y: sure πŸ˜€
    deeps: I agree with you on all counts. But ambience gets a trophy from me πŸ˜€
    Woodsmoke: πŸ™‚ Visit the place and you will know why πŸ˜€
    The Twisted Gourmet: πŸ™‚ yeah quirky indeed. What about the second story?
    Ankur: 1 2 3 jump πŸ˜›

  4. Your pleasure cavern looks so attractive! The fondue shots and description take us along very nicely. What interesting stories of its genesis. Fine shooting to capture the nice quality of a fondue pot!

  5. Oh…! Ok, try the Sauvignon Blanc by Sula, the 2006 vintage is slightly better than the 2007. I know its Indian wine and all that but its decent. And worth the 470 or so odd Rs! Also, go to this Wine Shop in GK – in the Savitri Cinema Hall complex. It has a pretty good Wine Cellar for Delhi πŸ™‚ Try try! If you don’t love the wine, you can always use it in cooking (white wine sauces!) πŸ™‚

  6. mazak: thank you πŸ™‚
    don: It is indeed very attractive. Thank you so much for those words πŸ™‚
    siropdevanille: I will pick it up next when I am in GK. It is a little far from my place. πŸ™‚ Thanks for recommending.

  7. gunj: Thank you, Thank You!
    Arwen UndΓ³miel: Thanks and welcome here πŸ˜€
    Sambhu: Thanks. Appreciate your comments…welcome here!
    The Hermit of Wandering Thoughts: I think you’ve got it right..I don’t read Asterix comic book though (if that is what you talk about here)…
    Thx for your input πŸ˜€
    Cheers and welcome here πŸ™‚

  8. hey. i love this place.

    one question: isn’t market cafe right on ground floor in the back street? let me know if i’m wrong?

    also, it would be great if you’d give out the amount you shell out for whatever you eat. people with holes in their pockets AND an appetite would love that, im sure. i know i would. πŸ˜›

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