Winter weather really arrived in Sydney this week, and with it—a new wave of tasty winter treats to indulge in. We’re talking truffle dumplings, mulled wine and truffle cacio e pepe served from a wheel of cheese.
One winter dish on the rise in Sydney this year is raclette—a Swiss slash French specialty that’s basically semi-hard cow’s milk cheese, melted under a grill and scraped onto cured meats, pickled vegetables, slices of fresh baked bread—anything really.
Sound good? We’ve found the ooziest, cheesiest most delicious raclette lined-up for you to try out this winter.
Here are the best places in Sydney to get yourself a dreamy helping of molten raclette.
Bare Grill On Bourke
Bare Grill on Bourke is known for its year-round dedication to melted cheese. You can add a scraping of raclette to any dish for just $7. Meaning, yes you can order up the cheesiest burger on the list and add even more cheese to it. For a more traditional raclette feast, you can opt for chargrilled asparagus and eggplant to go beneath a helping of gooey cheese, or rosemary and thyme roasted potatoes and baby carrots.
For selected days during the next few months, our favourite French spot Bistro Papillon is doing us a solid by holding specialty raclette nights. You'll be able to dine in and order up a plate of smoked ham with air-dried beef, pickles and potatoes, slathered in a layer of divine French melted cheese. If you’re ready for Soirée Raclette nights, we’re right behind you.
Head down to Loluk Bistro every Tuesday and Wednesday night for a bi-weekly dose of stringy raclette goodness. Warm up while downing all-you-can-eat raclette for just $49, featuring potatoes, cornichons and ham and prosciutto covered with gooey cheese. Finish it up with profiteroles with vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce. Now we’re hooked.
We’re about to hit you hard with a raclette night hosted by the cheese gods themselves, Formaggi Ocello. Head in during June for a night of traditional Swiss raclette du Vallis thrown onto potatoes with cornichons. While sipping on a glass of perfectly paired wine, you'll also be able to sample a mixture of other cheeses from the Swiss Alps region.
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Image credit: Andrew Wilson at Melt.