Manila’s Cheesiest Restaurants
Raclette and Fondue Cravings
By Shen Mascariñas
Who needs a bae with cheesy gestures when you can get that same comforting, kilig feeling from food (sans the heartbreak)? These food spots will have you cuddling with gooey, creamy and perfectly salty cheese in the gorgeous forms of fondue, raclette and even a flamed cheese wheel.
No shattered hearts here—guaranteed—only a bit of cheating involved (from your diet that is).
8. Raclette Manila
Raclette Manila treats your party guests to a delicious raclette buffet that’s sure to make your event one for the books. Simply enough, a spread of potatoes, greens, bread, prosciutto and cornichons (tiny pickled cucumbers) is laid out. The magic happens when a huge chunk of cheese is melted and scraped off and placed on the chosen base.
7. Kehl’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant
163 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
0917 8305 345 | Facebook
Open daily from 11am to 11pm
Budget for two – P700
Southerners need not go far to satisfy their cheese cravings. Tucked in the culinary haven of Aguirre lies a hole-in-the-wall gem—Kehl’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant. They’re popular for their wide array of Italian pizzas and Swiss sausages. No visit is complete without trying their cheese fondue and rosti with a generous topping of melted cheese.
6. Cheese Scraper
Mercato Centrale, 25th St. cor. 7th St., BGC
0918 985 5827 | Facebook
Open every Friday & Saturday from 6pm to 3am
Budget for two – P600
Just imagine—you head to Mercato drunk, in search for something to sober you up. And lo and behold, a beautiful plate of raclette is just waiting, happy to do the job. Cheese Scraper has five different kinds of raclette, and they also let you customize the mix of cheeses.
5. Eleven Tables
GF Ace Hotel & Suites, United cor. Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 246 9069 ext:929, 0917 811 4582 | Facebook
Open Mon to Thurs from 5pm to 12mn, Fri & Sat from 6pm to 2am
Budget for two – P1100
Dubbed as Kapitolyo’s fondue and wine joint, Eleven Tables is a great place to satisfy your cheese cravings. Here, you can pick from various cheese fondues, order raclette with it, follow it up with a dessert fondue and as the ultimate topper—get the unlimited wine promo, too.
4. Vieux Chalet
456 Taktak Rd., Sitio Sampaguita, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
(02) 697 0396, 0928 2888 584 | Website
Open Sun to Tues from 9am to 10pm, Fri & Sat from 8am to 11pm
Budget for two – P1300
Vieux Chalet is dubbed as “your Swiss home,” and true enough—the place is the Hassig family’s house converted into a cozy, quaint restaurant slash B&B. The place provides a lovely view of the city from above and home-cooked Swiss food that makes the drive up to Antipolo absolutely worth it. You can find both raclette and fondue here, of course.
3. Galileo Enoteca Deli
While what they offer isn’t fondue or raclette, you can be sure to still get a wealthy helping of cheese. Who needs a pan when you can fire up a cheese wheel and cook pasta there instead? Pure genius.
This dish has been making its rounds on the Internet, and you can finally quench your curiosity at Galileo Enoteca. They even allow customers to mix and cook their pasta themselves. Here’s your chance to scrape as much cheese as you can.
2. Old Swiss Inn
Almost synonymous to the metro’s late-night dining scene, the Old Swiss Inn has been a crowd-favorite since 1946. They’ve renovated recently with fresh interiors and a revamped menu, so expect delicious surprises. Old-timers need not worry, though, as their well-loved raclette and fondues are still available to delight bellies.
1. Chesa Bianca
Cheese-lovers, reserve your Thursdays and Fridays (7pm onwards) for Chesa Bianca’s awesome Eat-All-You-Can Raclette. For only P990, you get to drown unlimited picks from smoked ham, pineapple, potatoes, pears, cocktail onions, cherry tomatoes and gherkins with melted cheese.
On other days, enjoy the rest of their Swiss specialties from rosti to an impressive fondue selection.
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