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February 2015
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Try the most palatial raclette in Paris at the Park Hyatt Vendôme

Try the most palatial raclette in Paris at the Park Hyatt Vendôme. Courtesy of Park Hyatt Vendôme

Do you have a burning desire to try a warming raclette? Provided that you don’t have to leave Paris? In that case, head for the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme to savour the most exclusive raclette in the capital. For this 5-star hotel has installed a real Swiss chalet on their outdoor terrace. Until 1st March, guests are welcomed every evening to try a “raclette palace”! Up to 8 people may take a seat around a beautifully dressed table with overly rustic but nevertheless sophisticated crockery. Animal hides cover the chairs, lighting in subdued and the music brings an alpine atmosphere…the setting, it has to be said, is undeniably successful. Having just sat down, you forget that you’re in Paris altogether. The refined and felted décor is an invitation to journey far away. The “Fleurier chalet”, which derives it name from Jura Suisse, a small village, where Chopard watches are manufactured, is decorated with tools and memorabilia of the famous watchmaker. The menu begins with a Bagne soup and a running egg yolk, appetisers that set the tone and reawaken the taste buds. The meal culminates with an iced mango and passion fruit Vacherin created by pastry-chef Fabien Bertea, who has the prowess to offer a light desert after a dinner comprising of cheese fondue and charcuterie. This is an extremely successful feature, created by the man who has just been announced as ‘Pastry-Chef of the Year’ by travel guide Gault & Millau 2015. And there is so much more to see between these two courses, including the famous raclette overseen by the Hyatt Vendôme head chef, Jean-François Rouquette. The cheese is a raclette from Saint-Nicklaus in Switzerland. This covers a layer of new potatoes. And all is accompanied by a carefully selected charcuterie platter. But this little alpine adventure within the Péripherique will set you back 175 euros, not including wines! Add on an extra hundred euros and you can experience the ‘luxury’ version with black truffles grated over your cheese fondue. Is this really reasonable? Probably not. But it captures the spirit of the hotel!

Park Hyatt Vendome website: www.paris.vendome.hyatt.fr

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