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Have you wanted to try Raclette at your French Restaurant

For winter come and try our new Raclette Menu at our French Restaurant!

With the cold winter days now here, why not come in to your favourite Queen Street French Restaurant?

We have a special set menu priced at $37.50 per person. Ideal for groups of 4 people or more.

And yes its the Real McCoy “Raclette” from France!

With this French Restaurant menu you wont have room for an entrée or even a desert! You will get a full plate of raclette cheese, selection of meats (charcuterie) and a potatoes and salad buffet.

Feel like a French Restaurant? Book Now: Visit our Online Booking Form click here.

Le Garde Manger French Restaurant

Ph (09) 362 0655

466 Queen Street, Auckland City, We are situated opposite Myers Park

What is Raclette?

French restaurant racletteRaclette is both a type of cheese and a Swiss dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off (racler) the melted part. In French, the word for the cheese is masculine, le raclette, whereas the word for the dish is feminine, la raclette.

Raclette is also a dish indigenous to parts of Switzerland. The Raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraped onto diners’ plates; the term raclette derives from the French word racler, meaning “to scrape”. Traditionally, it is accompanied by small firm potatoes (Bintje, Charlotte or Raclette varieties), gherkins, pickled onions, and dried meat, such as jambon cru/cuit and viande des Grisons.

“Raclette” comes from the French racler, “to scrape,” a reference to the fact that the melted cheese must be scraped from the unmelted part of the cheese onto the plate. Traditionally the melting happens or happened in front of an open fire with the big piece of cheese facing the heat. One then regularly scrapes off the melting side.

In the Swiss canton of Valais, raclette is typically served with tea or other warm beverages. Another popular option is to serve raclette with white wine, such as the traditional Savoy wine or Fendant, but Riesling and Pinot Gris are also common. Local tradition cautions that other drinks – water for example – will cause the cheese to harden in the stomach, leading to indigestion.

Raclette was mentioned in medieval writings[citation needed] as a particularly nutritious meal consumed by peasants in mountainous Switzerland and France (Savoy region). It was then known in the German-speaking part of Switzerland as Bratchäs, or “roasted cheese.”

Traditionally, the Swiss cow herders used to take the cheese with them when they were moving cows to or from the pastures up in the mountains. In the evenings around the campfire, they would place the cheese next to the fire and, when it had reached the perfect softness, scrape it on top of some bread.

A modern electric Raclette grill and various accompanying foods

French restaurant racletteA modern way of serving raclette involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as coupelles, to heat slices of raclette cheese in. Generally the grill is surmounted by a hot plate or griddle.

The cheese is brought to the table sliced, accompanied by platters of boiled or steamed potatoes, other vegetables and charcuterie. These are then mixed with potatoes and topped with cheese in the small, wedge-shaped coupelles that are placed under the grill to melt and brown the cheese.

Alternatively, slices of cheese may be melted and simply poured over food on the plate. The accent in raclette dining is on relaxed and sociable eating and drinking, the meal often running to several hours. French and other European supermarkets generally stock both the grill apparatus and ready-sliced cheese and charcuterie selections, especially around Christmas. Restaurants also provide raclette evenings for parties of diners.

Info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raclette

Le Garde Manger French Restaurant

Ph (09) 362 0655

466 Queen Street

Auckland City

We are situated opposite Myers Park

Book Now: Online Booking Form click here.

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Le Garde-Manger

Le Garde Manger French Restaurant

Get In Touch

Le Garde Manger, Auckland City
466 Queen St, Auckland

Phone 09 362 0655

Le Garde Manger, Ponsonby
265 Ponsonby Road

Phone 09 376 2516

Opening Hours

Breakfast
Mon to Fri: 8.00 am to 12.00 noon.
Sat / Sun: 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Lunch
Mon to Sun: 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Dinner
Mon to Sun: 5.00 pm to late.

Fully licensed

Recent Reviews

"Fantastic food and great atmosphere with comfortable decor. This place makes you feel at home and yet provides quality service and fun food. The best place in Queen street. I want to try it at lunchtime next time."

5/5 stars - Satomi Taylor