(NOW CLOSED) MBMdining: Sashay Into The Little Chalet Boca

You probably saw The Little Chalet Boca being constructed across from Royal Palm Place on Federal Highway this spring/summer…

What is it? When is it opening? Is it a ski lodge? Is it a restaurant?

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It’s The Little Chalet, an exceptional prime steakhouse and fondue fine dining experience, credited with first introducing the Swiss flavors of fondue to Brazil over 35 years ago.

And, it has officially opened its doors in east Boca Raton!

With a vast selection of innovative, gourmet fondues, prime steak and seafood offerings, The Little Chalet Boca invites guests to become family, creating long-lasting memories as they embark on an enchanting culinary journey.

With nooks and crannies nicknamed things like “The Engagement Room,” they really want you to make those special memories! 😉

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The Little Chalet Boca invited Modern Boca Mom along with other local foodie media to try out their new menu. I always say ‘I do’ to fondue!

Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef Ferrin Koplan, who brings with him over 20 years of culinary experience, specializing in steakhouses. His signature dishes include Honey-Glazed Salmon ($34) made with fresh wild salmon, served with a sweet honey glaze, over a bed of roasted fennel.

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Oven-Roasted Stuffed Chicken Breast ($29) with juicy, tender chicken breast stuffed with Catupiry cheese, Gouda, applewood-smoked bacon and topped with golden brown caramelized onions; The Chalet Soup ($11), a creamy and hearty-aged Wisconsin cheddar and beer soup, served with a warm homemade pretzel; along with a variety of USDA Prime cuts such as filet mignon steak, New York strip steal, bone-in rib eye and porterhouse steak.

We ended up cooking our steak and chicken IN wine in a fondue pot. I had never done that before! It was a lot of fun and DELICIOUS.

And how about these dipping sauces for the meats??
And how about these dipping sauces for the meats??

An additional menu highlight included The Original Swiss Raclette ($17), a traditional Swiss dish with pickles, onion, potatoes and sausage topped with melted, golden brown Raclette cheese.

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Fondues are available as appetizers or as full meals (like I mentioned above) and come with accompaniment options like filet mignon, chicken, pork, White Truffle Noisette potatoes and vegetables.

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I could have eaten this whole bowl of fennel infused creamed corn.

Cheese fondues are made with cheeses such as Emmental, Grand Cru, Parmesan and Blue Cheese, while wine fondues are made with red wine and a homemade beef broth, creating a bourguignon-style sauce. Try them all with The Royal Chalet ($68), a house combination of USDA Prime filet mignon, pork tenderloin and seasoned chicken breast.

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For dessert, I highly recommend indulging in The Little Chalet’s gourmet Lindt chocolate fondue creations. A MUST! Right now, the restaurant has a partnership with the nonprofit, Spirit of Giving, for an extra sweet fundraiser to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening month. The Marcellini family, owners of The Little Chalet Boca, will donate 100% of all dessert fondue sales now until November 15th, 2015 to Spirit of Giving’s 14th Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

All proceeds will be used to purchase gifts off of the wish lists created by in need children, collected by more than 60 of Spirit of Giving’s member organizations.

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Lindt White Chocolate with Almond fondue. My favorite by far!

The Little Chalet offers guests an exceptionally warm, intimate and cozy dining experience. A 4,400 square foot space, The Little Chalet Boca maintains a charmingly cozy environment, with homey and whimsical décor details adorning every nook and cranny.

Amidst the dimly lit red walls, cobblestone floors and fireplace, quaint and detailed decorations such as bird cages, flower pots, mini snowy cottages and bird figurines adorn the area. A corner with a piano provides a special entertaining touch, completing the ambience with live music.

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The Little Chalet Boca offers indoor and glass-enclosed terrace dining, along with indoor and outdoor bars. Guests can dine in and discover various charming areas of the restaurant, each with their own special design details, like cuckoo clocks, antler chandeliers and a warm candlelit glow. At every turn, whether inside or on the patio – called The Village – diners will find intimate alcoves for dining and socializing.

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By the time we were done, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to walk out into hot, humid South Florida weather or a snowy, winter evening! I have a feeling this place is going to be packed during the holiday months. I wonder how they plan to decorate for Christmas??

Here are a few additional images from our dine, primarily the tasty appetizers and seafood/fish options:

The Little Chalet Boca is a fine dining restaurant. I would advise getting a babysitter or waiting til your kids are certain to be well behaved in a formal(ish) dining setting before making a reservation this season. I have nightmares thinking about my 2.5 year-old and hot fondue!

A designated date night it is! Happy dining MBMoms…


About The Little Chalet

First opened in 1979 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, The Little Chalet has come to grow into a highly popular dining experience with multiple locations around Brazil. The restaurant, a Prime Steak & Fondue Haus with a focus on the diverse flavors of Europe is a family-owned business dedicated to unique customer experiences and unparalleled welcoming hospitality. An enchanting restaurant, The Little Chalet offers charming dining nooks in a warm atmosphere and a culinary journey like no other. 

The Little Chalet is open Monday through Saturday from 5:30pm to 11:00pm and offers TLC (happy hour) Monday through Friday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. For more information visit thelittlechalet.com or call (561) 325-8000.