What’s better than grilled cheese? ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT GRILLED CHEESE. Imagine a landslide of molten cheese, scraped onto a plate of potatoes, bread and charcuterie. With endless cheese. Yep. Unlimited. Non-stop. Never-Ending. Unrestricted. You know you want it.
Melted raclette cheese
Live out all your wildest cheesy dreams with the all-you-can-eat raclette at Loluk Bistro, a quaint French bistro in a converted terrace in Surry Hills. The front dining room is tiny but the courtyard out the back – accessed by a scenic walk through the kitchen – is much more airy.
The all-you-can-eat raclette menu costs $49 which is pretty darn reasonable. That includes unlimited raclette, boiled potatoes and salad. You also get a serve of bread and charcuterie. And friendly staff to serve you all night. And do the dishes. Not bad considering raclette itself costs $55/kg.
It happens every Tuesday and Wednesday night and, unlike most other raclette offerings in Sydney, runs throughout the year.
Raclette cheese under the grill at Loluk
Raclette is a Swiss cheese by origin, popularly melted by a campfire or grill and scraped onto bread. It began as an easy and mobile meal for cow herders, but today it’s enjoyed as more of a social event, much like fondue.
Boiled potatoes (unlimited)
At Loluk, the carriage of choice for your melted cheese is the humble potato (unlimited as part of the raclette all-you-can-eat). While the cheese is melting in the kitchen, diners are instructed to start cutting up the boiled potatoes on their plate.
Scraping melted raclette cheese onto potatoes
Staff will then come around and scrape lashings of gooey molten cheese all over your potatoes. It’s wondrous.
Melted raclette cheese on potatoes
There’s a nutty, slightly acidic flavour to raclette, not dissimilar to Gruyere. It languishes with ease across the potatoes. The potatoes, I have to say, are impressive too, with a waxy lusciousness that makes them ideal for melted cheese.
Charcuterie plate for four
Alongside your potatoes, you’ll score a charcuterie plate – a selection of prosciutto, saucisson, coppa, white ham and bresaola served with pickled onions and cornichons. Additional serves of charcuterie are available for $8 but we don’t need any more, especially since we’re intent on filling our stomachs with cheese.
Salad is unlimited too. Sure it’s only a simple salad of leaves tossed with dressing, but trust me, you’ll be relishing a mouthful of greens as a much-needed palate cleanser between all the cheese.
Grilled raclette cheese
“More cheese?” The staff are super keen to keep on plying you with cheese. I’d expected the restaurant to try and discreetly restrict cheese consumption, but the staff on the floor merrily oblige you with as much cheese as you can stomach. Literally.
And there’s seriously something so mesmerising about watching the cheese river slide off the half-wheel and cascade onto your plate.
Gooey and golden raclette cheese on potatoes
Glorious cheese. Our table is divided over whether people prefer their raclette all soft and melty or tinged with golden and caramelised edges. I’m all about the latter.
Potatoes and raclette cheese
How much cheese can you eat? It all depends on your greed. And lactose tolerance. I manage five serves of raclette before I have to wave the white flag. And loosen my belt.
Profiterole with ice cream and chocolate sauce
Dessert is included, a profiterole with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. I wish I could say it’s incredible. It isn’t. The pastry feels forlorn and the ice cream is low in butterfat.
Not that we needed any more dairy products at this point.
But the raclette is good. And plentiful. And the staff are a friendly bunch too.
2/411 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 7900 6251
Lunch Friday – Saturday 12pm-3pm
Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 6pm-10pm