Updated: Oct 17, 2019
If you happen to be in Paris and want to indulge in hot oozing, melting cheese, you need to grab a table at Le Chalet Savoyard.
Le Chalet Savoyard - Paris, France
When my wife and I visited Paris in late June, we wanted to experience as much French as we could. From visiting the Louvre, to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumph and Versailles you end up burning a ton of calories.
So how do you replenish those well-earned calories?
You eat like the French. And that my friends is fine cheese, cured meats and guzzling some cold wine.
If that sounds good to you, then I would consider you a friend who has great taste. Let's go and grab a meal at Le Chalet Savoyard, which is located in the 11th Arrondissement aka 11th District.
If you are familiar with Paris, you might have heard of or driven around the popular Place de la Bastille roundabout, which is only a 5 minute electric Lime scooter or Uber ride away from the restaurant.
What's a raclette?
Once you arrive at Le Chalet Savoyard, you have the option to sit inside or outside. Since we came on a sunny afternoon, we opted to enjoy the weather and to eat outside like all the other patrons did at the time.
The biggest draw to this restaurant is not only their fondue, but their raclettes.
What is a "raclette" you ask?
Well according to Wikipedia, a raclette is a, "semi-hard cow's milk cheese that is usually fashioned into a wheel...and is commonly used for melting". So in other words, imagine a wheel of cheese, cut in half and attached to a contraption that is able to melt the cheese.
I've never seen or heard of a raclette before until I came to eat here. I'm so glad that I did though. My wife and I loved it so much that we are going to order some raclettes for hosting future house parties.
Come with a big appetite because the amount of cheese you get is extraordinary. It's actually enough cheese to feed about 4 very hungry people.
How to eat it
Order the "raclette in the unpasteurized milk", which you'll see described exactly as that on their menu. Then, when the raclette arrives you'll want to take a lot of food porn pictures to show off to your friends.
Oh yeah, I also recommend you order a carafe of their Côte de Provence Rosé wine, especially if you come to eat on a hot afternoon like we did.
This contraption is ingenious. It's basically a piece of metal that's able to hold a half wheel of cheese with a built-in heater. As you can see from the photo above, this thing is at an angle, which uses gravity to pull the cheese down.
You probably already know the answer to this, but for those who don't know what to do next, grab some bread or cold cut meat and twirl that melting cheese around and then devour it!
As you can see the video above, that cheese just comes off so hot!
You'll have so much fun eating all that cheese and guzzling that ice cold carafe of Rosé wine.
As far as the price, it's not too hard on your wallet. We ordered the unpasteurized milk raclette (which came with cold cut meat, bread, boiled potatoes and mini-dill pickles) and two bottles of rosé. The total cost for two people was less then $90 USD.
The final verdict
If you are in Paris, I recommend that you come try a raclette. There several other raclette restaurants, but since we came on an afternoon, Le Chalet Savoyard was close to our hotel and it was open.
The restaurant was well-maintained, clean and very friendly English-speaking service.
If you've had a raclette or even checked out this restaurant, please share your comments and experiences below!
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