Any meal that involves oozing, melted cheese is a winner – but raclette takes it to another level. Made in the Swiss Alps and enjoyed all over Europe, raclette is an aromatic cheese that’s heated under a red-hot grill until it bubbles and turns golden brown. It’s then scraped and served over potatoes, onions and other savoury goodies. While you can eat raclette on its own, the magic happens when it’s melted.
Can’t jet off to Switzerland right now? Here are the best places to dine on raclette in Sydney. Bon Appétit!
Bastille Festival is back again for its seventh year, and highlights on this year’s line-up include Le Mulled Wine Cinema and the Christmas in July Village in The Rocks. For a decadent lunchtime meal, head to Customs House to sample the gastronomic delights at the Parisian Foodie Village. From saucisson to crêpes, you can also indulge in hot and cheesy raclette. Vive La France!
Circular Quay and The Rocks
In a sandstone cottage in Surry Hills, Loluk Bistro is French through and through, from the décor, to the staff, and the cuisine, which is inspired by the owners’ upbringing in the South of France. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it whips out the raclette. You can indulge in all-you-can-eat potatoes, salad, cornichon, onion and pickles topped with cheesy goodness. You’ll also get a plate of charcuterie, plus profiteroles for dessert – if you can fit them in!
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6pm-10pm
Shop 2, 411 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
From July to October, French restaurant Bistro Papillon hosts Soiree Raclette dinners. You’ll start with an entrée of escargot, soup, chicken pate or a smoked trout salad. When you’re done, a waiter will come to your table with a wheel of raclette and scrape it over a plate of potatoes, and smoked meats. Needless to say, the restaurant smells incredible. It goes through two huge wheels each night, so try to book ahead. If you can't make it to Soiree Raclette, don't worry - their raclette is still available year-round on the specialties menu!
On selected nights
98 Clarence Street, Sydney
When the raclette cravings hit, head to Bare Grill. It serves up its own spin on the dish all year round. There are two options. You can ask for raclette melted on rosemary and thyme roasted baby potatoes, carrots and caramelised eschallots, or opt for chargrilled asparagus, eggplant and zucchini. Whatever you choose, go all out by ordering the famous Golden Gaytime Bare Shake.
15/425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Right next door to Bare Grill on Bourke, Formaggi Ocello is a one-stop cheese-lovers shop. With plenty of produce to take home, each Thursday night from 5:55pm on the dot, you can book a seat for their three-course raclette feast. Your tastebuds will be transported to the alps with Swiss raclette perfectly melted over potatoes and cornichons. To sweeten the deal, you will enjoy a perfectly paired wine with each course. That’s our kind of Thursday night!
Thursday nights (bookings essential), from 5:55pm
16/425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
In Chippendale, Handpicked Wines combines every foodie’s biggest loves: wine and cheese. On Tuesdays and Thursdays during winter, you can warm up with ‘Cheese Dreams are Made of These’. The team serves hot, melted raclette straight from the wheel with pancetta, potatoes and pickles – there’s a vegetarian option, too. To make your meal even more memorable, pair it with pinot noir.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30pm-9:30pm
50 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Not quite raclette but definitely worth a mention, Handpicked Cellars also serves up another decadent hot cheese dish. Throughout truffle season, you can dine on rich and warming pasta that has been tossed tableside in a flaming wheel of cheese, and lovingly dished up with truffle shavings. Pure indulgence.
Thursday- Sunday, Lunch and dinner
50 Kensington Street, Chippendale