This French and Swiss tradition takes 'adding cheese on top' to the next level. Raclette is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese, which is melted under a grill and then scraped onto cheese-friendly accoutrements, including boiled potatoes, pickles, cold cuts and mushrooms.
We've found six places you can indulge your love of dairy this winter, because nothing lines your ribs against the chill like molten cheese.
Want more curds? Here's our guide to the best cheese dishes in Sydney. Or just after French food generally? Check out our list of the best French restaurants in Sydney. And there's no time like the present to tick something off your bucket list with the 50 best things to do in Sydney.
Where to eat raclette in Sydney
Every Tuesday and Thursday this Chippendale cellardoor will be serving up its own take on the French dining tradition. From 5.30pm, Handpicked Wines will be scraping melted cheese directly from a wheel of raclette and onto your plate of potatoes, cured meats and cornichons for $24 per serve. Vegetarians can also get involved with a meat-free option for $20, and you can add on a wine flight to really lean into a winter of Euro excess.
It's always encouraging to find French expats dining at a French restaurant, and this Riviera-inspired dining room on Bourke Street is regularly filled with them. On Tuesday and Wednesday nights they gather here for unlimited raclette. For $49 you'll enjoy all-you-can-eat molten cheese-topped potatoes, cornichons and salad. It also includes a single plate of charcuterie with bresaola, coppa, saucisson, ham off the bone and prosciutto; plus sweet profiteroles to finish.
This long-standing Clarence Street restaurant hosts raclette nights on the first and third Monday of every month. Served as part of a two-course menu for $55, French waitstaff will scrape the cheese onto cured meats and potatoes. Before you dive into the main event, you'll start with an entrée, including escargots, and chicken pâté.
Four Frogs is run by four French friends who missed crepes so much they opened their own shop dedicated to the art of wafer-thin pancakes. Here you can order a la tartiflette, with bacon, Swiss and raclette cheese, potatoes and cider cooked onions.
This Surry Hills burger spot does raclette year-round. Choose between two plates – with chargrilled asparagus, eggplant and zucchini, or roast potatoes, carrots and eschallots – ready to be topped with melted cheese. If you're feeling extra indulgent, you can go down the less traditional path and top anything on the menu (including burgers, wings and fries) with cheese for $7.
Instead of mourning the loss of sunny days, we've created a dining bucketlist of the most comforting, warming dishes this city has to offer. Whether you want to hunker down with mates over a boiling hot pot, get around a seriously spicy laksa or order up a giant schnitzel, these are meals that'll make you forget that it's a bit chillier than usual in a heart beat.