Otherwise, grab your favorite beverage and let La Raclette feed you even more cheese than your grandma ever could. A charming Swiss BYOB tucked at the corner of Gilford and Christophe-Colomb, La Raclette has been a well-kept secret in the neighborhood for 30 years now. And for a good reason: the service is top notch, the atmosphere elegant yet unpretentious and the food… or should I rather say… the CHEESE is irresistibly generous.As its name suggests, the restaurant specializes in serving raclette, a semi-hard cheese produced from the milk of cows that have happily fed themselves in alpine meadows. Tradition suggests that the top be melted and scraped off onto cured meat and other baked veggies for a complete cheesy indulgence. While the practice can’t be performed in Quebec for regulatory reasons, the restaurant still managed to get a local cheese maker to replicate the authentic ingredient. Slightly nutty with a beautiful creamy texture, the raclette-at-la-Raclette graced us with that delightful robust smell only the Swiss could have come up with. That’s not all. The chef also serves a few additional joys from his native land: from Zurich style veal to the famous Swiss fondue – which CB completely fell for. A two-course meal runs around $35, three courses are $45, both including coffee. Including the glass we shared with the staff, scratching the bottom of the cheese pot and failing to resist the frozen chestnut Mont-Blanc for desert, our meal stretched well beyond the usual three hours. No shame here: when you stumble upon a place like La Raclette, you indulge until they literately kick you out. So time to dust off that bottle that you’ve long forgotten down in your cellar, and bring your grandma to this restaurant.
|1059 Rue Gilford, Montréal, QC H2J 1P7