La Caleche: "Very Good Traditional Food" Top 5 Page for this destination Savoyarde (ie Regional / Traditional) Tip by firechick
Savoyarde (ie Regional / Traditional), Chamonix-Mont-Blanc: 9 reviews and 10 photos
La Caleche has some of the best fondue, raclette and other traditional dishes, but has a large menu with non-cheese items too (for those who are not fans of cheese). The restaurant prices are higher than some others in town, but the food will not disappoint. It is a popular restaurant and in the main tourist area, but is definitely not one of the downscale 'make a quick buck and sell overpriced so-so food' places at all. They are serious about the food quality and offer a choice of the very traditional such as raclette, or more creative twists on some of the traditional cooking like the scallops in a balsamic sauce.
The interior is very interesting - like walking into someone's antique collection including a full carriage (minus the horse) and other various large items, cockoo clocks, a huge collection of old copper kitchenware and even an old kitchen sink and iron bathtub (yes check this out on the way to the toilettes upstairs). It is a bit less twee in the 'caves' area downstairs, so if you don't like that sort of thing you can request a table below and admire the large wine collection at the same time too.
Often in high season they will have live traditional music one night a week (check the restaurant for postings).
The other bonus is that the restaurant is large (despite its small storefront) and seats over 300 so normally you can find a table here even in busy season after a short wait.
(PS - the english dictionaries I have seen list both fondu and fondue as the proper spelling of this dish -- I seem to use both variants in my pages as I can't make up my mind which I prefer).
Favorite Dish: Coquilles de Saint Jaques (scallops), and for my husband the Agneau (lamb). Lovely sauces, beautifully presented and very good.
Also the menus (fixed price with several dishes to choose from) are a good way to go for those on a budget as menus are priced reasonably - from ?18.
Address: 18 Rue du Doctuer Paccard
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Very close to the Post office and town center square. Rue du Docteur Paccard is a pedestrianized street. Near the post office & across from the 'Midnight Express' sandwich shop (which in itself is a good place to get a quick and cheap bite in a hurry).
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