Say: “cheese!” Now smile and say: “cheese fondue.” That’s the picture of a tasty Friday or Saturday evening at Good Cheese. It’s located smack dab on the Chinatown strip in Toronto’s east end.
This store features a display of many local cheeses from Ontario and a host of more international varieties. But that’s not why we come here. My wife and I are addicted to the warm, thick, cheesy goodness that comes with bread, pickled green beans, cauliflower, tomatoes and apple slices for dipping. This (kirsch-free) fondue has a Gouda-like texture and a Gruyere-like flavour profile. It serves us both, but we always add a platter of charcuterie, select cheeses and other snacking goodies. Various canned fish specialities (e.g. sardines, mussels, etc.) and four sandwiches, including a grilled cheese with sopressata and red pepper jelly, round out the menu.
Fondue is served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and priced at only $19 for two.
A good bet for drink accompaniment is one of their many rotating craft beers, ciders and mead! Tonight I choose a glass of Pilsener from the Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto’s west end. My wife prefers to sparkle with a Prosecco, but red and white wines are also available. The good life needs to include yummy cheese and Good Cheese is as good as it gets.
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What’s Spot On:
• Small gallery of vintage Kraft cheese ads.
• Next to the delightfully weird Farside Bar for a night cap.