6 Places for Cheese Scraping in Manila
Just scrape it all into our mouths.
(SPOT.ph) There’s nothing like warm, melted raclette layered over a mound of gherkins, pearl onions, or even just by itself on an elegant white plate. Picture it: the round, semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk that’s then melted over a grill, scraped onto your plate. It’s mesmerizing, really. So today, we round up six places that will surely satisfy any relentless cheese lover’s appetite with lots of melted cheese.
It’s no surprise that glorious melted cheese is the shining star of Raclette Manila. The Raclette ala Patate is a gorgeous mess of cornichons, arugula salad, sliced baguette, and melted cheese generously scraped on top. Meanwhile, the Raclette Charcuterie is made up of the same ingredients, but with jamon thoughtfully served on the side. They’ll only be in Rockwell's Power Plant Mall until the end of October (we’re still hoping they’ll stay—for good!), so you better catch them while you can.
Must-tries: Raclette ala Patate (P175/small, P325/large), Raclette Charcuterie (P205/small, P395/large)
Raclette Manila is at POP Kitchen by Retail Lab, G/F Archeology, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday to Saturday), and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday). Read more about Raclette Manila.
Cheese Scraper serves a mouthwatering display of raclette on a grill, and that alone is enough to draw you in to their modest stall. Watch them scrape an overload of cheese atop boiled potatoes, greens, baguette slices, tomatoes, cornichons, and your choice of bacon, pepperoni, and other cold cuts. Apart from that, they serve pasta and a make-your-own fromage where you can choose from Swiss cheese, mozzarella, Gouda, Havarti, blue cheese, pepper jack, Colby Jack, and more.
Must-tries: Raclette Traditional (P299/full scrape, P160/half scrape), Bacon Raclette Traditional (P320/full scrape, P180/half scrape)
Cheese Scraper is at Mercato Centrale, 25th Street corner 7th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Open from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Friday to Saturday). Read more about Cheese Scraper.
Galileo Enoteca Deli
Galileo Enoteca Deli is an elegant but understated Italian restaurant that knows how to tease you with their splendid way of cooking pasta in a massive Parmesan wheel. They start off by torching a hole into the cheese, tossing in the noodles, and scraping with every stir until each noodle is coated with cheese. The result is a hefty, creamy plate of pasta oozing with the sharp, pungent flavors. It’s only available from Friday to Sunday, so set up that weekend date night and don't forget to make a reservation.
Must-tries: Pasta on Parmesan Wheel (P500/head), Napoli Pizze (P504)
Galileo Enoteca Deli is at 80 Calbayog Corner Malinao Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant
There aren’t too many Swiss restaurants in the Metro yet, but Chesa Bianca is always a reliable choice. With a menu that puts cheese on its forefront, it’s the kind of place you can’t help but return to over and over. Here, melted raclette is scraped onto a platter of marble potatoes, cocktail onions, and gherkins. And if you’d like to double the pleasure, may we recommend their cheese fondue as well?
Must-tries: Walliser Raclette (P250/appetizer, P720/main course), Panfried River Trout (P810)
Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant is at 7431 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Saturday).
HEAT at EDSA Shangri-La
HEAT is already a top-of-mind choice for buffets, but did you know you could also get your fill of melted cheese here? Head over to the cheese station where the chef will gladly scrape generous helps of melted raclette onto your plate. The best part is that you can keep coming back for more.
Must-tries: Dinner Buffet (P2,000/person), The American Breakfast (P1,330)
HEAT is at EDSA Shangri-La, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Old Swiss Inn
There's a reason why Old Swiss Inn remains a staple for family gatherings. This classic restaurant has been serving authentic Swiss food for over 70 years. They recently gave their Makati branch and menu a makeover, including the Tabletop Raclette which comes with dried meat, potatoes, and gherkins, now made for sharing.
Must-tries: Tabletop Raclette (P3,000), Flammkuchen (P220)
The Old Swiss Inn has branches at G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City; and Garden Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1030 Belen Street, Paco, Manila. The Makati branch is open daily for 24-hours, while the Paco branch is open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Read more about Old Swiss Inn.
Photos from Cheese Scraper, Raclette Manila, Galileo Enoteca Deli, Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant, HEAT, and SPOT.ph archives.