(images: Raclette South Africa Instagram)
For those of you who have ever been to London’s famed Borough Market, that often featured in many of Jamie Oliver’s cooking shows, you will distinctively know of the defining aroma of melted cheese that hits you as soon as you have entered. The aroma is none other than that emanating from Kappacasein’s Swiss raclette.
Raclette is the name of a cheese – a nutty, milky, alpine cheese, most commonly used for melting. It’s also the name of a Swiss dish, where that same wheel of cheese is placed near a heat source and melted, then scraped onto a plate and typically eaten with small potatoes, sour gherkins and pickled onions. Are you drooling yet? Its Swiss origins come from the humble peasant meal that was often eaten by farmers or Shepherds for lunch. You can read more about this enticingly cheesy dish HERE where David Lebovitz shares some insight into the rituals of enjoying it.
Londoner, Roy Moore, set about bringing the concept to Cape Town, “We used to visit the Borough Market often, and each time we couldn’t resist but go directly to Kappacasein and indulge in a raclette or one of their delicious toasted sandwiches! Cape Town’s diverse and dynamic culinary scene never ceases to delight and amaze, but no one was offering raclette. When an opportunity arose at the new Mojo Market in Sea Point, we jumped at the chance and opened Raclette!”
Raclette offers simple, flavourful food made with quality ingredients sourced both locally and from Europe. There are only two items on the menu: a grilled cheese sandwich made with a combination of imported Schärdinger raclette and award-winning Klein River cheeses, three types of onions and sliced leeks, all melted together between slices of Cape Point Bakery’s artisanal sourdough rye. And of course raclette, a Swiss dish of perfectly cooked new potatoes, Knax gherkins and imported pickled white pearl onions covered in a generous helping of melted Schärdinger raclette cheese.
The making of the dish is somewhat of a novelty too, making the entire experience a must-see for any foodie. Scroll through the Insta-gallery below…