I love Spitalfields. I think I always have since moving to London 4 years ago, walking around for the first time.
The plethora of Artisan stalls selling authentic vintage and antiques, surrounded by restaurants galore, such as Cafe Au Vin, Galvin La Chapelle, Carluccio’s, Wright Brothers to name a few, make this place unique and suitable for most tourist and Londoners visiting.
Before venturing to our latest discovery, I had heard a few people raving about a French cheese shop called Androuet, located in the heart of the market. As a cheese lover, I was even happier to learn that Chef Alessandro Grano from Southern Italy, (oh my Italian Pride!), creates deliciousness on a plate with cheese as the focus.
Me and my partner in crime Sammijo went to Androuet on a quiet Wednesday night, very much looking forward to this cheese-themed dinner.
We sat in a cosy little corner on the “outside” terrace which in fact is inside the Old Spitalfields market. All of the tables are right next to each other and it was a bit of struggle to get into the corner one we were allocated. That said, it was comfortable once we had sat and although a little bit of a cold night, we felt warm in this space.
The menu was brought by a French waiter and I was torn between several of the options so tempting, that it gave me a hunger for fromage. From fresh cheese pastas to Fondue, from Raclette and sharing boards to cheese baguette, yummy, we wanted it all!
However, we had to choose. The tortellini with spinach, ricotta and extra speck for Sammijo was a thing of beauty. Perfectly executed, (oui, excuse my Italian pride). My mixed French & Swiss raclette served with potatoes, charcuterie and cornichons was fabulous, a wee bit insatiable.
Cheese is cheese – granted – but these people clearly now what they are doing with it. You can visit the shop to take full advantage of their cheese skills – established in 1909, Paris, apparently. Also, they supply some of the best kitchens around London, just saying.
Can’t wait to go back.
Old Spitalfields Market
10a Lamb Street
London E1 6EA
Tel. 020 7375 3168