Obviously I am starting the new year off on a cheese roll……and am still talking about Raclette. Since I shared a raclette dinner post that was at our home, I also need to share where to get the “vrai-true” raclette experience in France. Clearly there are many places to enjoy Raclette in France, especially in the Haut Savoie and Savoie regions. Since Xavier is from the Savoie region this is normally where we have Raclette. Savoie is a French department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alps region of the French Alps.
We typically go to a neighboring town called Annecy when we are in the mood for Raclette. Annecy is simply lovely and well worth visiting even if not going for a cheese dinner. Sometimes it is referred to as the “Venice of the Alps” due to the two canals that go though the old city.
We were last in Annecy with some dear friends from the states and went to our favorite Raclette restaurant called Le Chalet. It looks like it has gotten some mixed reviews on-line, but we have always had a great, fun and authentic experience. It is located right on the canal in the center of the old city, and is a typical Savoyard restaurant. The interior looks and feels like a chalet in old-style rustic wood with mountain inspired details. The menu is local French cuisine with many specialities from the region. Of course the essential Savoyard favorites are tartiflette, fondue and raclette. Check out Le Chalet “here” to see the restaurant details. Here are some interior photos along with a few photos of CHEESE!! To accompany the raclette we of course had wines from the Savoie region which are really quite nice. I will do a separate post on Savoie wines in another post.
Can’t forget the French cows that make all this great cheese possible!!