The Cheese Bar opened its doors a few month’s ago in Camden market after founder Matthew Carver decided he wanted to explore more than just toasties from The Cheese Truck. Anyone who knows me will know my love for cheese so it seemed a must to visit The Cheese Bar, plus it was on my London bucket list. This is the first permanent spot which is pretty intimate with a rectangular marble counter surrounding the bar with high stall seats and just one table at the back, so there isn’t a lot of room.
This is the first permanent spot which is pretty intimate with a rectangular marble counter surrounding the bar with high stall seats and just one table at the back, so there isn’t a lot of room. We turned up around 6.30pm when it wasn’t that busy but within an hour the place was packed so I understand why a lot of people end up being turned away.
On one wall you have a massive plaque taking over the entire space outlining all the types of cheese and their specifications and details and cabinets of cheese dominating the other, it’s like foodie porn. The menu isn’t hugely extensive and of course, includes a variety of cheese toasties, but there’s enough choice to have a decent starter and main. Both me and my friend opted for mozzarella dippers to begin and a four cheese pasta for main because that’s usually my go to dinner when ever I’m out anyway so what better way of testing the quality.
The dippers were huge, pretty much like three German sausages laying on my plate but my god the cheese inside was so stringy and soft that it wasn’t hard to gobble them up and wonder whether it would be unkempt to order another portion. It was the perfect starter size, not too rich but enough to make us really excited for our main. The four cheese pasta isn’t the hugest dish so we’re glad we had a starter but it was cooked to perfection. The cheese was toasted on top but gooey as soon as you dug your fork in and added to perfectly cooked pasta it was a dish I’ve dreamt of since.
Watching other people order a variety of dishes including dipping brie and a round marmite and cheese concoction it’s clear that they really think about the food that they serve. And as for the prices, it was very reasonable, we paid about £22 each for starters, mains, 2 soft drinks and some chips which for something as unique as this really isn’t bad. I’d expected to pay through the roof for the experience.
To answer the title’s question it’s definitely not a fad and worth a visit if you’re a cheese loving fiend, but be careful there’s pretty much only chips on the menu if you’re not a cheese fan so it might be worth picking your companion carefully.