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Abondance (CLOSED)

Restaurants, French Spitalfields
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)

Time Out says

Please note, Abondance has now closed. Time Out Food Editors, March 2019.

Cheese is a pillar of civilisation, as many French gourmets must have said. And Parisian cheese merchant Androuet, in business since 1909, has added to its civilising mission with this London branch, showcasing fine cheeses – British, Italian and others, as well as French – with a likeable joie de vivre. Alongside the shop and its stunning cheese and fine-wine displays, the restaurant/wine bar combines a laid-back terrace on Spitalfields Market and a smaller interior, with a little belle époque grandeur provided by a glittering chandelier.

Cheesy specialities are naturally highlights – two kinds of fondue, raclette and a wonderful tartiflette (potatoes, bacon, onions and herbs baked in reblochon) with every texture and flavour just right, making superb comfort food. Alternatively, you can try the impressive Androuet cheeseburger, or dally over constructing your own cheese-and-charcuterie board. Not everything is so cheesy – there’s also a changing range of mains, salads, sandwiches and starters, such as a delightfully delicate chilled summer pea soup with (OK, slightly cheesy) goat’s milk yoghurt.

The wine list is almost as impressive as the cheese, and for once in London is very decently priced; charming, helpful service is in tone with the whole enterprise. The only problem could be that Androuet outgrows its small space.



Address: Spitalfields Arts Market
10 Lamb Street
E1 6EA
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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A cheese lovers paradise, Androuet is perfect for a cozy autumn evening. Tucked away in lively Spitalfields market, this French gem offers cheese to your hearts content: it starts with a dazzling array of cheese boards (and a little bit of charcuterie to balance it all). It continues with the pièce de résistance- the fondue. You can go for the classic mix or spice it up with the truffle version. This restaurant is great for the chilly but not cold autumn evenings and radiators and blankets are bound to keep you warm well into late November. If you want to continue the cheesy adventure after you’ve left, the cheese shop on the road facing side of Androuet has you covered.


Oh what a wonderful place!!! 

Since I am slutty for cheese ( this is totally reference to my favourite Timeout article - ) , I finally came here for cheese fondue, oh what a treat!
We got Classic fondue with extra charcuterie and nice bottle of white.
It’s quite interesting that despite restaurant overlooking the Spitafields market and not having inside siting area, still feels secluded and very, very pleasant. Waiters are all French, polite and they seem to be experts on cheese, as expected.
I do have to say that despite fondue being for two people, it didn’t seem like there is quite enough cheese, but I guess that’s always the case isn’t it- never enough cheese!
We were tempted by all the cheese goodness they sell in the shop, so ended up having a mini cheese tasting and went home with more cheese, which we finished the same evening.

Hands down best cheese shop in London (and I'm French!). Lots of different sorts and they even sell raclette cheese and a raclette machine which for French people is like god-sent.


Recent studies claim eating cheese releases natural endorphin's, whether a scientific fact or not I take my indulgence in cheese very seriously, and Androuet is definitely the place to satisfy all your cheese desires. This fantastic shop and restaurant is located within the bustling market at Spitalfields. We were on the hunt for a selection to adorn our Saturday night cheeseboard at home. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, a charming French gentleman guided us through flavors and textures, questioning how bold and smelly we would be prepared to go, whilst having us taste and sample various produce. We selected for our soft cheese a mellow and creamy Brie de Melun, for the Goats the stunning Clacbitou and a blue in the form of the Persille de chevre. All under 15 pounds with Quince paste. If you can not wait to devour something before your arrive home,  the restaurant servers to die for fondues and raclette, their wine selection is as serious as their cheese and always a really pleasurable experience to visit Androuet. 

I first set my eyes on Androuet on a warm, summer evening when I was at home, on my sofa, accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine, and daydreaming about my wedding day. Standard stuff. I'm not much of a cake person, so when I came across Androuet's wedding cheese cake (cheese cake, not cheese cake), I instantly put the place on my bucket list.

I finally made it to Androuet with a friend who needed comforting, and what better way to comfort than with fondue? Seriously. Nothing cheesy about this (ha!). We ordered the set menu with delicious house red wine, heavenly fondue with unlimited bread refills, a charcuterie selection and raclette.

Now, I understand it was a busy night - I did very much appreciate that instead of making us wait for a table, they accommodated us at the bar - but for £40, I would have liked that raclette to be warm. Sadly, it really wasn't, and the cheese, although very tasty, kind of felt like it was melted in a microwave the day before.

Everything else was 10/10 though, with the fondue keeping warm and it was the dish that kept on giving; the charcuterie was just fine, and the wine well exceeded our expectations upon seeing the word 'house'.

I forgive the raclette because everything else was a delight. The staff is French, too, so no mistake of authenticity - I am just left with the feeling I'll have to return to sample a lot more of those heavenly pieces of mould...


So much cheese!! The staff were delightful and sorted us out with a table (they don't take bookings) after we waited in the wine bar round the corner for a bit. Good selection of cheesy dishes and we were sat in the shop area after it closed so surrounded by even more cheese! Generally excellent. 

Amazing selection of cheese. Staff are so friendly and helpful (you can try the cheeses while you're choosing!). The restaurant is cozy and they do Fondue and Raclette. I love it!


Fantastic fondue available! Also, the raclette is lovely too. Not one for the non-cheese lovers amongst you though, this really is a cheese-specialist restaurant. The venue is less exciting - in the middle of Spitalfields market, and most the tables are outdoor so bring some warm clothes. 

The fondue is good enough to warm you up and offset the cold surroundings though. Given fondue restaurants are a rarity in London this is well worth visiting. 

I had dinner there and really enjoyed the place- great food, great wine, great service, in a nice cosy setting. The cheese was, unsurprisingly, very very good.

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