The Clove Club 4444

380 Old Street , London, EC1V 9LT

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  • The Clove Club BMW Square Meal restaurant of the year 2015
  • The Clove Club BMW Square Meal restaurant of the year 2015
  • The Clove Club BMW Square Meal restaurant of the year 2015
  • The Clove Club BMW Square Meal restaurant of the year 2015
  • The Clove Club BMW Square Meal restaurant of the year 2015

SquareMeal Review of The Clove Club

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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7.8

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 8.2

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 6.8

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 17 July 2017

Four of us dined at the Clove Club a couple of weeks ago, and had a great meal. You have to pay £75 pp in advance, at the time of booking. I was rather surprised to read in the T&C’s that NO changes to a booking can be made, so if one of your party was unable to attend, your only options are to either a) lost the £75 deposit for that person or b) try and find someone else to fill the void, which made me a little nervous as two of our party travel regularly for work and in order to secure a reservation, you need to do so many weeks in advance, it seems a little unfair that you can’t just move it to another date. The restaurant appeared to be in two halves and we were tucked away in the furthest corner behind the bar, which didn’t really give us any idea of the general ambience of the place, apart from the noise, which was significant, I suspect due to the “minimalistic” décor making it difficult to hear the waiter and sommelier descriptions of the food and drink. We decided to go for the 5 course menu (and two of our party had the additional dish of the day), although they suggest that you don't see the menu in advance as they think it works better that each course is a surprise (I would have liked to see the menu). We started with a selection of snacks, which whilst I remember us all thoroughly enjoying, I cannot actually remember what we ate! Our favourite course was the flamed Cornish mackerel with English Mustard & Cucumber. Three of our party opted for the wine flight but despite asking for the sommelier to recommend a white wine, all I was offered was the wine that was already being poured for the rest of the table, so I didn’t really get any personal service there (although the wine was delicious, I had asked for the wine list available by the glass). However, those on the wine flight did receive “top ups” so they felt that they had plenty by the rest of the evening. For a restaurant of this size I was surprised that there was only one toilet, down in the basement level, so there was a bit of queuing and jostling for the sink, mirror. Half the table opted for the two dessert courses and the remainder opted for cheese instead, all of which were delightful. My only “gripe” is that I think they are hoping that you’ve forgotten about the £300 deposit paid, as there was a lot of “upselling” to the 9 course menu. There are not many restaurants where the bill comes to £200 a head, and whilst it was a very enjoyable evening, I’m not convinced the food and drink quite matched the price tag.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 07 April 2017

Intersting. Minimalist. Very seriously sourced and chosen ingredients. The CC is a good addition to the "Silicone Roundabout" are. The dining room is pretty when it's sunny outside, but the minimalist concept is pushed quite far. However, the food and the staff conspire to make this a destination for those interested in really good food.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

IssieN 11 August 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 petit fours were yummy. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Oliver L. 25 July 2013

Nothing wrong, mostly quite good in fact, but just not that exciting.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Ben H. 30 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, which I usually approve of. Other than a highlight mid-meal beef dish (which was very good), the other courses were under-seasoned and generally lacking in taste and interest. Sashimi mackerel with accompaniments was fresh but tasteless; the accompanying deep-fried chicken piece was ok, but nothing to rave about. Salad of chicory with a nice walnut dressing, again, was nice but uninspiring. Cheese course offered a small nubbin or munster amongst others and didn't hold up the other end of the meal, the dessert ended up having a gritty unpleasant feel to it, a bit like a chocolaty mousse with road-side sweepings – maybe not the intended crunchy delight the chef’s had in mind. The waiters were ok and occasionally winning but didn’t really have the oomph that you get when everyone is signed up to the food-mission of a rising-star eatery. Wines are over-priced and nothing inspiring (where aren’t they). The bill was a disappointing shock. Go somewhere else – maybe a nice local restaurant, we went to Lardo up the road in London Fields later in the weekend and had a nice couple of pizzas and a tasty salad. It was better. Or, buy something nice and cook it yourself. Don’t believe the hype!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Owen B. bronze reviewer 09 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 was the fennel, and that maybe due to my lack of zest for seaweed. The main is essentially a roast dinner with ruby red beef, roast potatos and greens (ransom), the quality of the beef delivers more superlatives than I can bear to type. The dessert quite unlike anything I've had before, fennel granita, sheeps milk meringue, blood orange jelly, thankfully a flavour sensation aswell as a technical masterpiece. This is the best meal I've had in a while. If you haven't already booked up I suggest you get a move on.

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