Today, L'art du Fromage. I know I said I wasn't going to get numerical about this but this might well be my favourite restaurant in London.
I first went there during their opening week, when I spotted it on the "new restaurants" page of London Eating. I've been back at regular intervals, so regular that the staff recognise me, I've taken various friends there and, every time I visit, I love it more.
|The lovely co-owners, photo from The Guardian|
I often have the Bleu D'Avergne fondue (which is mysteriously not on the menu on the website but there when you go in person), like all the fondues, you can get as much as you like - including switching to a different type of fondue - and they serve it with a flourish, setting some brandy alight and pouring it in. I've tried all the fondues (I did say that I've been there a lot!) and, while they are all delicious, the Bleu D'Avergne is the one I always come back to - it's just the most interesting of them and the one that I suspect would be hardest to re-create at home. I have also had various of the cheeseboards - the only real difference between them is how much of the tasty cheese you want. They are all beautifully presented and with a real attention to detail - every single cheese is clearly handpicked and is at exactly the right stage for eating. Sometimes, you'll order a cheese board at a restaurant, even a good restaurant, and find that - say - the brie isn't quite ripe enough or the camembert is disappointingly ungooey. That does not happen at L'Art du Fromage. Ever.
I think the only negative thing I can find at all to say about the place is that, location-wise, it's a bit of a faff to get to - it's about as far from a tube station as you can possibly get in central London, but it is on a couple of convenient bus routes. Also, the location stops me from spending ALL MY MONEY ON CHEESE.