Your cheesy dreams will come true at Alpes.
Ski season may be over, but the après-skiing doesn’t end yet. In some truly terrific news, street food favourites Raclette Brothers have opened Alpes, a sit-down restaurant in Brixton dedicated to all things raclette. It makes them the first outfit to give London what it truly wants – nay, needs: a permanent eatery whose entire purpose is to melt sumptuous Swiss cheese over everything in sight.
If you can quit drooling for a moment, I’ll give you the rest of the details. The star of the show is a bubbling wheel of raclette, expertly drizzled onto a meal of meats, potatoes, and veg by your friendly waiter. It’s a memorising waterfall of cheese that Londoners are utterly helpless for.
Alpes even offer a choice of raclette; choose either proper Alpine Raclette de Savoie, or opt for the hometown hero Bermondsey Raclette, courtesy of Borough Market cheesemongers Kappacasein. Yum.
Other dishes include a range of fondue, each one with a different variety of cheese. Traditional fare comes in the form of tartiflette, and rosti balls with homemade sauerkraut. Meanwhile, Alpes’ charred asparagus and broad bean hummus is the standout healthy option.
So don’t listen to the naysayers who tell you raclette is a winter dish. Raclette is for life, not just for Christmas.
Location: Find it at Pop Brixton,
Opening hours: Pop Brixton is open Wed-Sun until 11pm.
Price: the raclette dish is £8; sharing snacks £4–9 a dish; fondue £15; wine from £20/bottle.
More information: from their website.
Featured image: @raclettebrothers