La Cave a Fromage
25 Cromwell Place
Date of Last Visit: 16 September 2008
The Victims: Many. Lea from Unchained Guide, a great directory of independent shops in London. Rob and Emily from Qype, who organized (and paid) for everything. Tim. Helen. Chris from Londonist and his own gig. And many other London food and restaurant bloggers and aficionados.
The Background: A few months back, I was invited to a Qype chocolate tasting. I cancelled at the last minute. And I’ve felt terribly guilty about that since. An invitation to La Cave a Fromage was a chance to redeem myself. So I went. (And also felt guilty because I do love the Trusted Places guys too, you know.)
The Entrance: I am smack dab on time, and everyone is ready to get started. Amnon, our host, is informative and interesting. I think he also knows we’re hungry. We start with a brie and then there’s an English ewe’s milk, and then a Gouda and then an Italian blue cheese. We’re then poured a very interesting wine–the one in my last post–and it’s a wine made of WHEY. Yes, WHEY. As in CURDS AND. We move on to a cheese from Burgundy and then a weird goat cheese. I’m still waiting for the official names of what we had, but the English ewe’s milk cheese was my absolute favorite, particularly with a little fig paste.
What I Learned: Parma ham should be aged no longer than 17 months.
The Verdict: I really liked La Cave. This was a freebie, a total freebie. Amnon used to work with big supermarkets, so he’s put a lot of thought into the layout of the shop. There are no tills. There are no counters. It’s all eye-level. There are a lot of options and the staff seem friendly and informative. If I should ever find myself in South Ken–perhaps before a night out at boujis, because you know I hang out there all the time–I’d drop in for some cheese.