Food and drink
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.
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