London | Borough Market

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 5comments No tags Permalink 0

I’ve wanted a raclette grill for years, and I think I’ll finally buy one this winter. Our friends Ben and Sanu often host fun raclette parties (here’s one

I didn’t know what raclette was until I moved to NYC. I tried explaining the concept of the double decker, tabletop grill to my parents over the phone but it was just confusing…maybe I’ll have the raclette grill shipped to Hawai’i.

So while we were in London I insisted on visiting the Borough Market so that they could at least taste the raclette from Kappacasein. It’s more fun to make it yourself but at least you get to see the process here. The line was pretty long so we snacked on a variety of empanadas from Porteña.

After 5-minutes in line we realized there were TWO separate lines. One for raclette and one for their equally famous grilled cheese. Dad and sister stayed in the raclette line while mom and I went to the shorter grilled cheese line for another snack.

The sandwiches are called “toasted cheese” but it’s basically a grilled cheese. They’re pre-assembled and grilled to order. Look at all that shredded cheese!

Almost there….

ta-dah. It’s made with sourdough bread from Poilâne, Montgomery Cheddar, Ogleshield cheese, chopped onions, leeks, and garlic. Decadent! We shared the second sandwich with dad and sister.

After another 20-minute wait we were at the front of the raclette line.

Gigantic wheels of Ogleshield were split in half and anchored under these broilers. Tell the guy how many orders you want and then he fills a paper bowl with boiled and chopped potatoes. They potatoes are given a quick sear before they go into the bowl, and the crispy surface bits are well…amazing.

Then wait for the cheese to get crisp. Once the top browns, it’s pull off the anchor and scrape, slide, scrape, slide, the bubbling cheese right over your potatoes. It’s topped with cornichons, pickled onions and a twist of crushed black peppercorns.

Goodness! Cold weather food at it’s finest.

We washed it down with iced coffee from Monmouth Coffee Company.

I need to return here for their pastries…

…and these fresh cream truffles.

And bitty, buttery ham rounds!

Then we went next door (because clearly we didn’t have enough cheese) to Neal’s Yard Dairy to pick up a few different cheddars.

We also visited the original Covent Garden location of Neal’s later that afternoon. We’re lucky to have many cheese shops in NYC. There’s one or two decent places for cheese in Hawai’i (Costco still has the biggest selection ;), but because turnover isn’t that great I’ve encountered more than my share of dried and overripe cheese.

  • anonymous
    November 7, 2012

    Your food adventures with your family sound so fun – seems like everyone loves good food and doesn't mind seeking it out. Sadly everyone in my family is more of the "eat to live" mentality, so I'm missing out on trips like these ;That giant wheel of cheese looks absolutely mouthwatering, by the way..

  • anonymous
    November 8, 2012

    An amazing, mouth watering post as I love Cheese!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 8, 2012

    Hi Cecilia! I just got lucky, and since we don't have this sort of variety in Hawai'i my parents were like ok, let's eat everything! ^_^Thanks Louise, me too! :)

  • anonymous
    November 9, 2012

    Hi Kathy,I love reading your posts. You mentioned that there are many great Indian restaurants in London. I'm going to be in London over the Christmas holidays and read your post on Dishoom. Do you have any other favorites you could recommend? Many thanks,Kim

  • Parisbreakfasts
    November 20, 2012

    why have I never eaten the reclette here or the toasted cheese.Je regrete beaucoup! Reason enough to return to London :(

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