Cheese Fondue in Summer!

I can eat a cheese fondue anytime, you can too!

Restaurant Des Bergers, Grilly, Divonne

Oh yes a cheese fondue in Summer – It’s a thing!
I recently enjoyed a wonderful cheese-filled lunch at Restaurant Des Bergers in Grilly, near Divonne. This fabulous restaurant is attached to the Fromagerie Michelin (Michelin is their family name, no relation to The Michelin Guide!). It was a hot summers day and we walked through the traditionally styled restaurant out onto a pretty terrace at the back with plenty of shade. We were greeted by Sandra, who took over the restaurant last October with her husband Phillippe.

The Terrace at Restaurant Des Bergers, Grilly

The menu is really good offering a range of speciality dishes with cheese and a good selection of dishes for those who don’t eat cheese! There is a wonderful L’Apero des Bergers offering a plate with a selection of snacks to share and a wide range of drinks.

Restaurant des Bergers, Divonne

Many different Goats Cheeses

We began with a delicious goats cheese salad, A Saladine de petits chèvres frais and affinés with several different goats cheese including a blue goats cheese, citron confit, sundried tomatoes and tassiasche olives.

The Main Cheese Event

We really needed to try a cheese fondue and Sandra suggested the Fondue Michelin with Comté, Vacherin and Gruyere – oh my this was delicious, and on a hot sunny day on the shady terrace. so who said you can’t enjoy a cheese fondue in Summer?

We washed down our fondue with a delicious Savoie Chenin Bergeron from Angels vineyard in the Combe de Savoie

Chenin Bergeron - Angels A Savoie Wine
Chenin Bergeron – Angels

Swiss Malakoff

In addition to our cheese fondue, we tried another cheesy speciality – Malakoff – deep-fried cheese balls filled with melting Comté and served with dried beef. Malakoff is traditionally a swiss dish from western Switzerland and served around Lac Leman. the name comes from The Battle of Malakoff and the dish itself was invented by Swiss Mercenaries during the siege of Sevastopol

Swiss Malakoff at Restaurant des Bergers, Divonne

What a delicious cheese fest we enjoyed served with chunky fresh bread and a green salad

Malakoff with dried beef and Michelin Cheese Fondue in summer
 at Restaurant Des Bergers
Malakoff with dried beef and Michelin Cheese Fondue at Restaurant Les Bergers

Les Gourmandises Maison

Delicious home made desserts – we really did not need but felt we must try a seasonal speciality and were recommended the Roasted apricots with honey from The Jura, pistachio ice cream and an almond tuille. This was a delightfully flavoured light and refreshing dessert to finish a very good lunch

Dessert at Restaurant les Bergers, Divonne
Abricots rôtis au miel du Haut Jura, glace pistache et tuile croustillante

Fromagerie Michelin

After lunch, we enjoyed a walk around the Fromagerie Michelin where they sell an enormous range of cheeses, over 350 different cheeses and other local produce. There really is a cheese for everyone here! You can buy cheese platters to take home for apero time.

On a Sunday and the Jours fériés (holidays in France) there is a Brunch Fermier menu offered from 11am. On a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 3pm you can enjoy Goûter des Bergers in the gardens and play petanque.


Restaurant des Bergers
790 route de Divonne
01220 Grilly
Easy parking and access from A1 autoroute from Geneva


Divonne-les-Bains : 4km, 5 minutes by car
Grilly : 1km
Gex : 7km, 10 minutes by car
Ferney-Voltaire : 10km, 15 minutes by car
Genève : 20km, 30 minutes by car

Why not save this pin for the next time
you are craving a cheese fondue!

I enjoyed this lunch as a guest of Restaurant des Bergers with Chene from Things to do in Geneva but received no remuneration to write this post and these are my own opinions of my great lunch – I’ll definitely go back!

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