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Hall of FameSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016It’s all happened so quickly for The Clove Club. From supper club to pop-up to successfully crowdfunded launch in the space of three years, Isaac McHale’s Michelin-starred Shoreditch destination now rubs shoulders with the high flyers on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. It has achieved its success by doing things differently, such as adopting a pre-paid ‘ticketed’ booking system for dinner reservations (a first for London). The food’s experimental, with multi-course tasting menus promising a cavalcade of thrilling, enthralling and seriously on-point seasonal cooking along the lines of flamed mackerel with gooseberry and English mustard, Aylesbury duck ‘three ways’ (consommé, breast and smoked sausage) or apricot sorbet with burnt honey and bee pollen – all offered with imaginative wine pairings. Some find it precious, some too challenging, but nobody could fault McHale’s commitment. The dining room is chilled-out and surprisingly serene, with the bar even more so serving on-trend cocktails and racy snacks: we love the venison sausages with greengage ketchup and the buttermilk fried chicken with pine salt. In short, an unmissable one-off that chimes perfectly with cosmopolitan 21st-century London.

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The Clove Club

380 Old Street ,London EC1V 9LT

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Aug 2014

A vibrant buzzing atmosphere greeted us. The service was efficient, and mostly with a smile and good explanations of all the dishes served. Special dietary requests were catered for easily. Our little snacks to start with were a taster of the things to come. All courses were tasty, and some were exceptionally flavoursome. The broth served in Madeira rinsed glasses with one of the courses was a nice surprising touch. The two dessert courses were great – not overly sweet but a nice way to end. The...

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

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The Clove Club

380 Old Street ,London EC1V 9LT

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Don't believe the hype

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May 2013

Fancy a night out at this trendy Shoreditch restaurant? Sounds like fun. Well if you have the same time as us (and I hope you don't) you will not want to have bothered. The staff are quite nice, the venue is dour-municipal and the food equally uninspiring – nothing like the experience, culinary or architectural, that you get at Viajente up the road where the bistro serves London’s best value lunch IMHO. They have opted to relieve their visitors of choice by having a set 5 (or so) course dinner,...

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

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The Clove Club

380 Old Street ,London EC1V 9LT

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May 2013

This is one Clove Club that won't leave your mouth numb, but after this meal you'll still be drooling. At £47 for 5/6 courses isn't cheap but this was worth every penny. Portions are of decent size, unlike some taster menus you definitely will not leave hungry. The venue & menu is stunning, staff are a delight. Their experience from stints in places such as Noma and the Ledbury is clear, but they really put their own stamp on the food they serve. The only dish that didn't really inspire me much...

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

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    Food Expectations :: Food Expectations The Clove Club Review

    I have been hearing about The Clove Club for ages and I’ve been very curious to try though it was never near the top of my list as I had also heard some non-enthusiastic reviews from friends. I had also interviewed a chef at the Pellegrino top 50 awards (The Clove Club Chef) and to put it nicely, he was not the friendliest (maybe shy?).
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Isaac McHale

Isaac McHale’s culinary journey began with a job at his local fishmongers in Glasgow, followed by one at the city’s Stravaigin restaurant. The chef has also worked in the kitchens of Noma, Tom Aikens and The Ledbury, but it was only through his pop-up appearances with the Young Turks collective that he began to make waves. Following a residency at the Ten Bells pub, he opened the Michelin-starred Clove Club in 2013.

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  • Address: 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
  • Telephone: 020 7729 6496
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  • Opening Times: Tues-Sat 12N-4pm Mon-Sat 6-11.30pm

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