Raclette is nothing new, but the deliciously gooey snack has become incredibly popular in recent years and Juliet is the latest venue to jump on the cheesy bandwagon. Located in a semi-hidden basement beneath Punch Lane, Juliet is Melbourne's newest raclette and wine hotspot, with a Thursday evening devoted entirely to the provision of the cheese plus wine and jazz.
The ambient wine bar is signed with a single pink neon sign, which lures diners down the staircase. As you enter the welcoming space, grab a seat at a Danish chair under the dim light of a hand blown chandelier. The bar's signature raclette, sourced from Heidi Farm in Tasmania, is the star. Slowly heated until the top layer is oozing, the cheese is then scraped onto your plate and paired with fingerling potatoes, 30-month aged prosciutto, cornichons and picked onions (for $28). With live jazz from 7pm until late, we're hard-pressed to think of a better way to spend a Thursday evening.