Some people travel to different places to ‘say cheese’ in Instagram-worthy photos, while others do it to try different cheeses—foodies hitting the road for their next food adventure. There are so many great restaurants for savory cheese experiences that aren’t all in France. Read on for five cheese-centric destinations that every cheese-lover should visit at least once in their life.
- Bar Pastoral (Chicago)
Bar Pastoral has several outlets around Chicago, all popular for their impressive selections of cheese and wine. But if you want the best cheese experience in Chicago, head to their North Side outlet. While you can certainly enjoy fancier atmosphere in other Pastoral branches, Bar Pastoral offers a massive cheese menu and tasty starters. Plus, they serve brunch—make sure to try their lamb hash with raclette paired with bottomless mimosas.
- Wine Connection Cheese Bar (Singapore)
You can also find good quality raclette at Wine Connection Cheese Bar in Singapore. Instead of your cheese being melted and scraped onto your food, you will witness the cheese melting in a heated contraption right at your own table, before it oozes like lave onto individual solo pans. Your raclette is served with sides like cold cuts, sliced potatoes, pork roulade, beef pastrami and Serano ham, which you can dip into your cheesy, creamy goodness.
- Flow Restaurant (Bangkok)
There’s unmistakably fruity and nutty in the aroma that engulfs the climate-controlled, modern cheese room at the Flow Restaurant in Millennium Hotel Bangkok. Some of the best cheese varieties in the world are flaunted here, such as Brie Royale with black truffle, Colston Bassett Stilton and Italy’s famous piquant Pecorino di Fossa. If you’re unsure which cheese pairs with which wines, a wine-and-cheese butler will give you advises on the right pairings to try.
- Classified Cheese Room (Hong Kong)
Tucked away in Hollywood Road in Hong Kong, Classified Cheese Room features 40 artisanal cheese varieties. You can choose where to serve your choice of pairings, whether at Cheese Room’s parent operation space, at the Press Room restaurant just next door or in situ, which you can choose from deli tables or wine cellar that also functions as private dining area for 20 people.
- Milk the Cow (Melbourne)
If you’re worried of worsening your cheese addiction, then better stay away from Milk the Cow in Melbourne. This place is notorious for their inventive spirits and cheese recipes. But if you’re just up for some great savory snacking, you can enjoy its selection of cheeses with pairings like ciders, beers, wine, champagne and even sake.
Cheese has always been a crowd favorite (perhaps, second to chocolates!). If you are an avid cheese fan and is always on the hunt for some indulgences, give this list a try and experience for yourself the cheesiness that these places has to offer.