What is raclette and where can you get in in London? The word has two meanings; firstly, it's a type of cheese, specifically, a hard, cow's milk cheese. More generally though, 'raclette' has come to mean the Swiss dish in which that cheese is melted and scraped off the wheel. It's usually served with potatoes and pickles or gherkins. Here are some London venues serving the dish in all its melted, oozy glory:
Raclette Jurassienne at Alpes, Brixton
Head back to Pop Brixton's Alpes to sample a Raclette Jurassienne — referring to Raclette cheese made specifically in France's Jura region. It's scraped onto potatoes and pickles at your table, with crispy pancetta as an optional extra.
Alpes, Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW8 8PQ.
Cheese raclette at Champagne + Fromage, Covent Garden
Raclette here is a solid option, much more affordable than the cheese fondue, which comes in at over £50 per person. Raclette de Savoie (served at Covent Garden and Brixton) is a dish of roasted potatoes served with melted Raclette and charcuterie.
The Greenwich branch has a slightly different menu, and offers a Raclette Montagnarde-Savoie, consisting of melted Raclette cheese served on oven baked potatoes and served on smoked or spicy Alpine saucisson.
The outpost at street food market Mercato Metropolitano has a more changeable menu.
Champagne + Fromage, 22 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7DD (raclette also served at other venues in Brixton, Greenwich and Mercato Metropolitano)
Cheese raclette at Kappacasein Dairy, Borough Market
Kappacasein is a cheese dairy operating in the railway arches in Bermondsey — if it's solid cheese you're after, head along on a Saturday when the shop is open to purchase directly. If, however, it's the melted version you're after, the Borough Market branch uses Ogleshield cheese for its raclette dish. Some of London's best toasted cheese sandwiches are available here too.
Kappacasein Dairy, 1 Stoney Street, SE1 9AA
Cheese raclette at Le Vieux Comptoir, Marylebone
Five words: all you can eat raclette.
Le Vieux Comptoir, 26-28 Moxon Street, W1U 4EU.
Rooftop cheese raclette at Skylight, Tobacco Dock
For the winter 2018 season at Skylight at Tobacco Dock, the rooftop venue is hosting Raclette Brothers (the cheese-centric company behind Alpes in Brixton), who'll be serving up such delights as raclette fries, cured meat raclette and truffle mushroom raclette. Menu here to get your juices flowing.
Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF.
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