2-6 Moxon Street, London, W1U 4EW
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Expert review of La Fromagerie
Patricia Michelson’s deli-café is famous for its refrigerated cheese room and on-site maturation of specialist cheeses from Britain and the rest of Europe, but it also serves an exciting menu of gourmet treats throughout the day and is a lovely place to meet for breakfast or coffee. It may seem like a good idea to tie it in with a visit to Marylebone farmers’ market on a Sunday, but that’s also when it’s at its busiest.
Cheese naturally appears in many interesting ways: I like the home-cured gravadlax with creamy petit-suisses, Sicilian lemon and Poilâne toast. Each day the downstairs kitchen makes various traiteur dishes (heritage beetroot with mint and fresh Italian goats' cheese, for example, and tarts of courgette, pumpkin and ricotta) as well as terrines such as one with quail, pork, veal, chicken liver and lardo, which is served at table with chutney and cornichons. This being Britain, there has to be a ‘ploughman’s lunch’ – La Fromagerie’s features pork and sage pie, unpasteurised cheddar from a highly-regarded producer, piccalilli and bread. The coffee is taken very seriously (they import Le Piantagioni from Florence), and there is a brief but tempting selection of wines, beers, cider and Champagne cocktails.
This is an Aladdin’s cave for foodies: dark wood shows off the colourful goodies to stunning effect. Keep an eye out for the cute dairy-related knick-knacks.
I’ve found table service fine and the welcome friendly enough but the wait to select and buy cheese can seem interminable.
La Fromagerie is tucked off the elegant shopping area of Marylebone High Street.
A simple cheese toastie is £3.50, beef carpaccio £12.75.
The original, smaller branch is set in Highbury Park, north London - see website below for details.
More information on La Fromagerie:
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- Café, Deli, Takeaway
- British, French, Mediterranean, Modern
- 2-6 Moxon Street, London, W1U 4EW
- 020 7935 0341
- Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 8am-7.30pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
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