Not Just Your Average Melted Cheese

Raclette is a popular dish that originated in Switzerland, it is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese that is formed into a wheel of cheese and is typically used for melting to put on top of foods.  Not only does this dish give you a great taste but it is also a unique presentation with a show.

New York is home to one of the raclette restaurants in the United states known as “Raclette NYC.”  Aside from their raclette dishes they also offer croques and tartines from their French inspiration to their restaurant.  Croques are a version of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches paired with their specialty cheeses.  The tartines are an open face sandwich with specialty ingredients to create a savory taste.

When I visited this restaurant I shared two raclette dishes along with a tartine dish.  The tartine dish was their “tomato” one, which included bufala mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, arugula pesto, and fresh basil on toasted focaccia bread.  The ingredients that made this plate up blended perfectly and each flavor stood out to create its own taste.

The raclettes I tried were the suisse and the mediterranee.  Their suisse raclette included melted raclette cheese scraped onto roasted new potatoes and served with cornichons, pickled white pearl onions, and prosciutto di parma.  The mediterranee has thyme roasted asparagus, and cherry tomatoes with rack melted raclette de chèvre scraped table side, and served with fresh baguette slices.

The flavors of all their meals are so rich so sharing it with others will give you the perfect amount without over indulging.  The taste is worth it but the presentation of the table side serving of sliding the melted cheese onto your plate makes this a unique and fun experience to try.


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