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Time Out says
Mon Feb 6 2012
This London outpost of Paris-based fromagerie extraordinaire Androuet is an implausibly chic cheese shop and bistro rolled into one. With its graceful chandeliers and tall mirrors, it is cosy and glamorous – despite the inevitable pong. Diners are surrounded by beautifully displayed goats’, cows’ and sheep’s cheeses – mostly from France and Britain, with a few Italian formaggi too.
The menu reads like an ode to what James Joyce referred to as ‘the corpse of milk’. The house specialities are raclette and fondue and, of the latter, there are two sorts – the traditional Comté and emmental combo or a daily changing special blend (exemplary on our visit) served with charcuterie, cornichons and good bread for scooping up the golden, molten cheese.
If you don’t fancy a full meal, there’s a build-your-own-cheeseboard option, excellent charcuterie, including a toothsome game terrine with pistachio, plus a selection of salads, starters and mains in which cheese has either star billing or a key support role. There’s a cracking wine list, too, with food-friendly bottles from top producers, including some biodynamic and ‘natural’ wines – all, like the cheeses, available to purchase and take away. Heaven on earth for cheese fiends.
- Cross Street:
107B Commercial Street
020 7375 3168
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-2.50pm, dinner served 5-10pm Tue, Wed. Meals served noon-10 Thur; noon-10.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-9.30pm Sun
Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
Main courses £13.70-£19.50
- 020 7375 3168
Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. General facilities. Private rooms. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors
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