Kappacasein, London

Kappacasein, a food stall in Borough Market, is the first place where I ever heard of and experienced raclette. This is another place that I had on my “must visit again” list and I wandered the market until I found it.

Kappacasein

Kappacasein

Wait, what’s raclette? Well I’m glad you asked. It’s a big ‘ole round of cheese, from parts of Switzerland and France. The cheese is melted and scraped (literally, as racler is French for “to scrape”) onto a variety of food such as potatoes, pickled onions and charcuterie.

Kappacasein counter

Kappacasein counter

Look at all the cheese smeared over the pepper grinders! Kappacasein uses an Ogleshield cheese (which coincidentally comes from the Montgomery farm that I talked about in my Neal’s Dairy Yard post).

raclette sign

raclette sign

The cheese is melted over a raclette burner and scraped onto a plate of Agata baby potatoes, gherkins (mini pickles), and pickled baby (pearl) onions, and finally is topped with freshly cracked black pepper.

scraping cheese

scraping cheese

Watch the video below to see the staff in action. You may need to watch it a couple of times – on one side of the screen is how they melt the cheese (gotta love the fire), and on the other side is how they scrape the melty cheese onto the plate.

And the final result was a warm, delicious melty plate. The pickled onions and gherkins was a nice contrast to the rich cheese.

Ogleshield raclette

Ogleshield raclette

Kappacasein also serves a great grilled cheese sandwich. Unfortunately I was too full to order one, but I remember from last time that it was a brillant sandwich made with Montgomery’s cheddar, Poilâne sourdough bread, onion, leeks and garlic. (Yes, the same bread and cheese again. This is why I bought them from Neal’s Yard Dairy in the first place!)

grilled cheese sandwich

grilled cheese sandwich

Both the raclette and the sandwich cost £5 each. My mouth waters just from thinking about this place!

Kappacasein
Borough Market, Green Market section
www.kappacasein.com

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3 thoughts on “Kappacasein, London

  1. OMG- so much fun! I would not have found this place, but at the other end of the market, in the outdoor area, they were selling the cheese for this. A gal and I got talking and I commented that I had never tasted this specific cheese… or a raclette. (My daughter had been to Switzerland and had this and raved about it for days, so I have always wanted to taste it.) That’s when I learned of this stall. The gal told me about it and how to get there. When I finally did get there, it was so crowded, but I did wait. Now, the sad thing is that Vanja and I had just had lunch. I was hoping for a sample, or the opportunity to buy a small plate. The 5 pounds would not have been a problem for the taste, but I have a huge issue with waste of food. When I saw what they were doing, I was mesmerized. The melters were incredible and the cheese was so beautiful – and what they put it with surprised me. I watched, and photographed, and listened, and smelled – but never did taste. I love that you did – and loved it. Thanks for the trip back!
    🙂
    Valerie

  2. OK – I have posted my write up about Neal’s yard Dairy and the Borough Market for you to take a look at and add to. I would love to hear about anything I saw at the market that you tasted or saw, too – and enjoyed. 🙂
    Valerie

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