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La Cloche a Fromage – Cheese Restaurant in Strasbourg, France

By - July 12, 2011 (Updated: March 1, 2019)

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series CheeseWeb Tastes Cheese.
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Cheese-lovers can't miss the amazing cheese shop and restaurant La Cloche a Fromage in Strasbourg, France. This restaurant is a must-dine experience not for the lactose intolerant!Cheese-lovers can’t miss the amazing cheese shop and restaurant La Cloche a Fromage in Strasbourg, France. This restaurant is a must-dine experience not for the lactose intolerant!

Despite our name, CheeseWeb, it’s not often I actually write about cheese here. Two weekends ago, however, Andrew and I had a super cheesy experience at La Cloche a Fromage, an incredible cheese restaurant in Strasbourg, France in the Grand Est region (formerly Alsace).

I’ve always loved cheese. In fact, as a child, I would much rather sit down with a block of cheese than a bag of potato chips. Moving to Europe opened a whole new world of cheese possibilities and our first expat experience in Holland inspired the name of our blog.

So, when I stumbled upon a review of La Cloche a Fromage, while looking for a nice place to eat in Strasbourg, and I read it’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest cheese board in the world,  I knew we had to try it. With over 70 varieties of cheese, we weren’t disappointed.

La Cloche a Fromage is located a few blocks from the main square and cathedral of Strasbourg. As you near the door, you can already begin to smell the mouth-watering aroma of cheese.

The menu is a cheese lover’s heaven. Each item features at least one kind of cheese. For those desiring even more cheesiness, there are a variety of fondues, raclettes and cheese tasting menus. On our visit, Andrew opted for a traditional raclette, and I opted for a three-course menu, the main course being a 14 cheese tasting plate.

After we ordered, our waitress appeared with a rather barbaric looking contraption and plonked it down beside Andrew. She proceeded to plug it in and turn on a lamp-like heating element. Neither of us had ever had a traditional raclette, only the more modern frying-pan style ones, so we weren’t entirely sure what to do with it.  Luckily, the ‘cheese master’ arrived with half a wheel of cheese and instructions.

The cheese was mounted under the heat lamp and allowed to begin melting. Meanwhile, Andrew was served potatoes, sausage and pickled vegetables he placed on a plate, under the melting cheese. He then used a scraper to scrape the melted cheese onto his plate. Delish!

Raclette

Andrew’s Meltingly good Raclette

While he was figuring out how to eat his dish, my first course arrived – grilled figs with goat cheese. Gorgeous!

Grilled figs with goat cheese

Grilled figs with goat cheese

The cheese master returned to explain the 14 kinds of cheese in my main course. The names flew past in a blur, but I took much longer sampling and savouring each delicious morsel. Although I enjoyed them all, the blue cheese was mind-blowing – the best I’ve ever had.

My main course of 14 cheeses

My main course of 14 kinds of cheese

Fourteen kinds of cheese were starting to push even my cheese limits, so I was grateful for a light dessert of fresh strawberries in balsamic vinegar. On the recommendation of our server, we enjoyed our meal with a bottle of local Pinot Gris which worked perfectly with the various cheeses.

We were both a bit worried about how we’d feel after our cheese indulgence, but I’m happy to report that although we were quite full, neither of us suffered any ill effects.

If you’re a lover of cheese, La Cloche a Fromage in Strasbourg is not to be missed. If you can’t make it for a meal, you can visit the cheese boutique and take some cheese home with you.

La Cloche à Fromage
27, rue des Tonneliers
67000 Strasbourg, France

Cheese-lovers can't miss the amazing cheese shop and restaurant La Cloche a Fromage in Strasbourg, France. This restaurant is a must-dine experience not for the lactose intolerant!

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian travel writer, author, and photographer. She is the founder of Cheeseweb.eu, a website dedicated to slow and sustainable travel, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and cultural awareness through travel. She and her husband, Andrew, are the founders of RockFort Media, committed to helping entrepreneurs tell their stories online. Alison has visited over 45 countries and, after living in Belgium for 11 years, now lives full-time in a Bigfoot motorhome named Yeti with Andrew and their well-travelled cat.
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