By David DiPino
The Pineapple Contributing Writer
Visiting The Little Chalet is like taking a time machine to a chateau in the Swiss Alps. This prime steak and fondue haus is full of unique ambiance with its cobblestone floors, Swiss cottage décor, warm fireplaces stretch across dining rooms gives a romantic feel to this charismatic chalet. Fine dining in Boca Raton is not dead as The Little Chalet is big on the elements and bigger on the interactive and tasty experience of fondue.
Seven different fine cheese fondue offerings make the menu including The Swiss Alps Original, Quattro Formaggi, Crème de La Crème, Margherita, Wild Mushroom, Sharp Aged Cheddar and Spicy Chalet. Fondue entrées include Filet Mignon, The Royal Chalet (prime filet mignon, pork tenderloin and chicken breast), Filet de Poulet and Pork Tenderloin. Desert fondues featuring strawberries, bananas, marshmallows, graham crackers, pound cake and crunchy pirouettes to twirl and dip in Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Smores, Regular Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate With Almonds. All of Little Chalet’s dessert fondues are made with Lindt Chocolate.
Fondues dominate this impressive menu by executive chef Ferrin Koplan but he also comes big in the fine dining department with Chalet Swiss Filet, Almond Crusted Sea Bass, Welsh Filet, Honey Glazed Salmon, Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Garlic Crusted Halibut, Lamb Chops and USDA Prime including Petit Filet Mignon, Grand Filet Mignon, New York Strip, Rib Eye, Bone-In Rib Eye and Porterhouse. Special accompaniments include Blue Cheese Crust, Crab Cake Oscar Style, Shrimp Wheel and Royal Lobster Tail. Special sauces available include Au Poivre, Hollandaise and Béarnaise and 13 other sides make the menu including Crispy Potato Roesti and White Truffle Spinach.
Two dozen wines by the glass make the menu featuring the best of the world’s prosecco, champagne, chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, Riesling, pinot noir, malbec and cabernet sauvignon. Eight signature appetizers like Original Swiss Raclette, Black Truffle Burrata, Housemade Crab Cakes, Beef Carpaccio and Bacon Wrapped Scallops are just a few and Rustic Onion Soup, The Chalet Soup, Blue Cheese Iceberg Wedge Salad and Tomato Mozarella Salad, round out this impressive menu.
The Little Chalet is open Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and offers TLC (happy hour) Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00p.m. For more information visit: www.thelittlechalet.com or call 561-325-8000.