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|Address:||Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, London E1 6BG|
|Tel:||020 73753 168|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Thurs 12N-3pm 5-10.30pm (Thurs -11pm) Fri-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -7pm)|
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This review has to be read in the context that it is written by an ardent cheese lover, so impartiality has taken somewhat of a back seat…! Despite working nearby for some 2 years, I did not know of Androuet's existence until fairly recently, which given my current struggle against middle-aged spread, is probably no bad thing. Trouble is, I will undoubtedly be making up for lost time with regular visits from now on.
We had a table on the outside terrace which abuts Spitalfields Market, so great for people watching. Whilst the menu does cater for non-cheese fans, and we were briefly tempted by the “Slow Menu” (asparagus followed by lamb), we quickly came to our senses with two of us opting for the most unctuous tartiflette ever and the third choosing a proper croque-monsieur with chunky chips. We then shared a cheeseboard, which initially I was a tad disappointed with as the portions were not huge but as a supplementary course it was fine – whether it would suffice as a stand alone meal without a hefty price tag, I'm not so sure. The “create your own board” menu is great as it incorporates a good selection of both well-known and somewhat lesser known cheeses, all grouped into specific groups to enable a balanced choice. There are also charcuterie options and accompaniments, but to be honest, the cheese is so good it stands alone (although the charcoal biscuits were fab).
Staff are charming, pleasant, friendly and willing to proffer advice if required. A visit to the shop afterwards made me feel that I was with kindred spirits and a return visit will not be too far away. I took a point off for the portion size on the cheeseboard (given that each individual cheese comes it around £4 a pop), but that aside it was a wonderful lunch. All fellow turophiles should, if not already done so, make a beeline for this little piece of heaven on Spitalfields…