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.
Spitalfields Arts Market
10 Lamb Street
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail|
|Do you own this business?|
Users say (10)
Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:5
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
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.
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...
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!
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.