20 August 2014

The Clove Clubone star

380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT

£67.00 British Clerkenwell, Barbican

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  • Wine: £23.00
  • Champagne: £36.00
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-4.30pm Mon-Sat 6pm-12M

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Following their talk-of-the-town residency Upstairs at the Ten Bells, chef Isaac McHale and two of his young sidekicks have launched a flagship (and crowdfunded) restaurant in Shoreditch’s regenerated Town Hall – a high-ceilinged space divided into a ‘fun’ bar (small plates, cool tunes, cocktails) and an adjoining dining room offering a five-course menu of clever, envelope-pushing dishes. Offbeat combinations of lesser-known British ingredients are the kitchen’s stock-in-trade – from thick slices of gently smoked mackerel with pickled rhubarb and slivers of raw turnip, via ‘superlative’ rib of beef with wilted ramsons and crispy potato to fennel granita with sheep’s-milk meringue and blood-orange jelly (a ‘flavour sensation as well as a technical masterpiece’). While the food is right on the money, service can slide, there’s the odd grumble about ‘dour’ decor, and the only soundtrack is the drone of Shoreditch trendies at play.

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  1. The Clove Club

    380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
    Overall rating:

    Creative food, buzzing place


    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  2. The Clove Club

    380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
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    Oliver L.



    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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  3. The Clove Club

    380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
    Overall rating:
    Ben H.

    Don't believe the hype


    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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  4. The Clove Club

    380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
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    Owen B.

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  1. Published : Saturday, 24th May 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: The Clove Club, Shoreditch

    Located in the Shoreditch Town Hall, the Clove Club is the second restaurant from the chaps behind Upstairs at the Ten Bells. I’ve been meaning to visit ever since it opened but it somehow slipped by me, so I was really excited for our dinner. We were seated in the dining room, where only a set menu was available, priced at £55 for eight courses. We could have chosen the bar area which serves an a la carte menu but we wanted to do the whole kaboodle and get the full experience...
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  2. Published : Monday, 24th February 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: The Clove Club

    The Clove Club has fast become hot property in the restaurant world. Although a set menu is imposed in the main dining room, an a la carte is available in the bar which offers many of the same dishes without the restriction. The freedom of choice is a nice surprise, and the evening starts amiably enough with an order of cod chitterlings (intestines). An effervescent waiter describes them so favourably that to spurn his advice would be an injustice. The chitterlings are nothing that you would expect from a fish; instead they have a padded, rich texture similar to that of sweetbreads. Seeming like a thing that is best eaten with some fava beans and a nice chianti, the chitterlings are entirely delectable...
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  3. The best meal of the year and inexcusably overlooked by the Michelin Guide I encountered a fellow travelling Brit with some interesting views on food during my recent jaunt around Jordan. Although he had a broad palate, this didn’t extend to Modernist cuisine, especially multi-course tasting menus. ‘Artsy fartsy’ ‘nouvelle cuisine’ wasn’t ‘proper food’ he contended. Like all articulate debaters secure in their well-reasoned positions, he wouldn’t brook any argument to the contrary. This unfortunate culinary blindness means he’ll never experience the pure joy of eating at The Clove Club, but that merely makes it a wee bit easier for the rest of us to get a table at this small-ish, cosy Shoreditch restaurant...
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  4. I've been thinking of how to open this post about The Clove Club. About how it all started 3 years ago with three very talented chefs, and how I've intently followed their progress through a variety of popups that they have done. It would be an understatement to say that I've been a fan of their work. I feel a little sad that there is just Isaac McHale left of the original three Young Turks, but thankfully the food is as great as ever. Partnering up with co-collaborators of their stint at the Ten Bells, the Clove Club was born...
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  5. I have previously reviewed The Clove Club on Agent Restauranteur – (See The Clove Club (Bar) – London EC1V) – however my second visit was so spectacular I felt it unjust not to share what the main dining room at The Clove Club has to offer. It’s nothing short of a culinary delight. Arriving a little too early to go straight to our table, my guest and I settled ourselves down on the tall stools by the bar, and were happily sipping on glasses of English Rosé Champagne (sparkling wine) within moments of catching the barman’s eye. Despite knowing that we would soon be enjoying a five-course dinner menu, I could not help but order a bowl of the ‘Smacked Cucumber, Chill Oil and Peanuts‘ (£4.90) – just as refreshing, tasty and more-ish as last time, the snack whet our appetites and we hurriedly moved through to our table...
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  6. Published : Tuesday, 13th August 2013

    sexdrugsandbaconrolls :: The Clove Club

    The Clove Club, situated in Shoreditch Town Hall is the epitome of East London restaurant. Located in an old, decadent building, the restaurant is designed with simplicity in mind. It has plain stripped wooden furniture, a dingle tea light candle for decoration and a bare bar with hanging herbs, lavender and some chintzy old fashioned champagne glasses...
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  7. Published : Saturday, 10th August 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: The Clove Club

    I absolutely loved Upstairs at the Ten Bells when I was there last year and when I heard that Isaac McHale (one of the chefs from Upstairs at the Ten Bells and the Young Turks supper club before that) was setting up a restaurant, I just knew I had to try it. The Clove Club is situated in the former Shoreditch Town Hall, once thought of as the “grandest Vestry Hall in London” and there are still signs of its former self everywhere. The large windows and high ceilings make the restaurant feel much larger than it actually is and the stripped back décor may seem stark to some, but The Better Half and I absolutely loved it. Minimalist to the max. Although we did comment that it must get awfully cold in winter. But on a gorgeous sunny day with the light flooding into the room, tucked into a corner table out of the way, we found ourselves getting very comfortable indeed!...
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  8. The opening of The Clove Club earlier this year was one of the most eagerly awaited restaurant launches of 2013. It’s the combined effort of former Ledbury chef Issac McHale, and the pop-up maestro duo of Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith who ran the hugely successful Upstairs at Ten Bells. The menu is ambitiously refreshing, and focuses on the use of fresh, seasonal British ingredients. Home for The Clove Club is The Shoreditch Town Hall which has been turned into a bar area at the front, and a dining room at the back with an open plan kitchen. The space is light, airy and decorated with a minimalistic approach. It’s rather sparse in fact, and the lack of soft furnishings in the dining room meant dinner was a rather noisy affair. Nevertheless, the food was excellent...
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  9. Making a last minute reservation at one of the hottest restaurants in town is usually a stressful affair; countless re-dialling, minutes of hold music and finally an offer of 5:30pm or 10pm. Not so at Shoreditch Town Hall’s newest resident bar and restaurant. (The fact that it was a Tuesday and I was more than happy to sit in the bar may well have played in my favour.) Nonetheless, I found myself, that very evening dining at The Clove Club...
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  10. Published : Friday, 24th May 2013

    The Celeriac :: The Clove Club, Shoreditch

    The Clove Club has recently opened in Shoreditch Town Hall, and you should go as soon as you can. In the kitchen is one half of Young Turks, chef Isaac McHale. He’s the chap who used to dish out delicious stuff above the Ten Bells pub...
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  11. Published : Friday, 5th April 2013

    Lady Rhubarb :: The Clove Club, Shoreditch

    From the lads behind Upstairs at The Ten Bells, The Clove Club is their latest and first permanent London fixture. Located in the historic Shoreditch Town Hall, they have fitted out a front bar and a separate dining room. It’s ambitious, youthful and everyone’s talking about it. A much larger dining room and open kitchen makes the experience a little less intimate than their Ten Bells gaff, nevertheless the open space, high ceilings, wooden tables and blue tiles give an almost boarding school diner feel that works. The acoustics need a little tweaking, or maybe I am just getting old!...
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  12. The Clove Club  is the newly opened venture from the team behind Upstairs at the Ten Bells, Clove Club and various other pop ups in East London. Located in Shoreditch Town Hall, lunch was served in the bar at the front, a plain but comfortable space based around a central bar area. Only a lunch menu was available, offering a number of starters and 3 mains, a beef dish, a hake dish and a vegetarian option. The starters included a number of vegetarian dishes too.  Bread and salami's plates are also available.We started with a cocktail, an orange based brandy spritzer for my wife and a blend of tequila, mezcal and agave for me, quite a kick on an empty stomach relatively early on Saturday but a nice combination.I started with buttermilk fried chicken and pine, the dish a basket of pine needles and pine cone in which were nestled a number of golden fried chicken pieces. This was great fried chicken, hot and crunchy on the outside, moist, well seasoned, with just a hint of pine salt to add a unique stamp to a ubiquitous dish. My wife had a dish of radishes, gochuchang and black sesame. Gochuchang is a Korean fermented mix of rice, chili, soybeans and salt, in this case mixed with mayonnaise and partnered to rough ground black sesame to provide a spicy and tasty dip for the radishes, which were eaten whole, leaves and all. Although basic, this innovative starter combined a number of unexpected ingredients to pleasing whole.Our mains followed, mine a fabulous smelling plate of beef, ramson, mushroom puree and fried potato. The beef was a nice bit of rib, grilled medium rare backed up with a seriously tasty gravy and some excellent ramson (wild garlic). The potato were rolled up slices of thin potato, fried crisp golden brown in butter and exceptionally good, although let down by there only being two. I had loads of gravy left at the end and half a dozen would have been perfect, in fact you shouldn't be allowed to make potato this good and not give me a big bag of them. The vegetarian option was fried ducks egg on a bed of jerusalem artichoke, jerusalem artichoke crisp, morels and spinach. The morels although small and mixed with button mushrooms were well flavoured and very buttery, the artichoke held its earthy flavour well and the egg and yolk helped to bind it all together in a pleasing fashion.Dessert was a pretty good chocolate eclair for my wife, with a surprisingly crunchy choux pastry and filled with a chocolate cream, topped with a ganache with a decent shine. I had a pile of caramel ice cream, barley and oats. The ice cream was creamy and smooth, and matched well with the crunchy oats and malted barley and was a tasty combination.The Clove Club is a great addition to the vast choice available in that part of town, and the full menu's of the evenings have some intriguing and appealing sounding dishes. Vegetarians are well catered for, a vegetarian tasting menu being available in the evenings too. Our bill came to £69 including service.Buttermilk fried chicken and pine.Radishes, gochuchang and black sesameRib of beef, ramson, mushroom puree, potato.Duck egg, jerusalem artichoke, morels, mushrooms and spinach.Caramel ice cream, oats. barley.Chocolate Eclair.
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  13. We are massive fans of the Young Turks (a couple of young chefs with some highly coveted experience and credentials). When we learned they were planning to open a new restaurant in Shoreditch, called the Clove Club, we were on it faster than Usain Bolt sprints the 100m...
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  14. Space and decor: as their minimalist, sleek website will tell you, at The Clove Club you can eat both at the bar – an informal space with a stylish array of reclaimed wood tables around a metallic structure for the counter; or in the main dining room, a high-ceiling quite bare space livened up by the open kitchen with its beautiful tiled surfaces. It is all very East London and studiously put together, but not in an “in your face” way – say like in Meat Mission- and threads the border between achingly cool and authentic pretty well...
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  15. Published : Wednesday, 6th March 2013

    Culinary World Tour :: Putting love in The Clove Club

    Up the stone steps of Shoreditch town hall and in to the high ceilinged spartan old school space of the bar where we were served a cocktail that was somewhere between a negroni and a glass of Rose wine, served straight up in a coupe glass. Perfect aperitif...
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  16. Published : Wednesday, 6th March 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: The Clove Club Climax

    This is one clove club that won't leave your mouth numb, but after this meal you'll still be drooling. Taking permanent residence in the beautifully restored Shoreditch Town Hall is The Clove Club, set up by 'St.Vibes' after their successful stint (still ongoing) in Upstairs at The Ten Bells. With reviews from 'Upstairs at..' still scintillatingly superlative it seemed a no brainer to book in for their new place before it became impossible to get a table. The Clove Club is split up into 2 areas: the bar, with a great selection of beers, wines and bar food, and then the restaurant itself with open kitchen serving up the '5' course meal. At £46, it may seem like a lot.. but believe me, it was worth it...
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  • Address: 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
  • Telephone: 020 7729 6496
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-4.30pm Mon-Sat 6pm-12M

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