In our quest to experience a trendier side of East London than the one we’ve grown up with, last night my boyfriend and I ventured into Shoreditch for a refreshing beer in The Spread Eagle pub, followed by a meal at new(ish) restaurant, The Clove Club, set inside Shoreditch Town Hall.
His ‘n’ hers
At the latter of the two, for £47 per head we were served a variety of dishes without having to labour over a giant menu. Some courses were absolutely delicious, some were interesting, but all were well thought out and beautifully presented. Service was excellent and at no point were we rushed to make room for the next sitting, as can be the case in many other foodie hotspots. I’d recommend booking a table with a small group of friends, relaxing with a well-made cocktail, and debating your favourite components of each dish.
Some tasters to start
Radishes, Sesame & Gochuchang
Wood Pigeon Sausage & Ten Bells Ketchup
Smoked Duck Ham
The main event
Mackerel, Pickled Rhubarb & Tokyo Turnip
Grilled Squid, Tarragon & Green Radishes
Rib of Beef, Ramson & Potato
The obligatory cheese course (additional to set menu)
Red Leicester, Camembert & Homemade Oatcakes
Blood Orange, Sheep’s Milk Mousse & Wild Fennel
Caramel Ice Cream, Barley & Oats
And to drink
This luscious Pinot Noir from Burgundy, priced at £30/bottle, was full of cherry fruit flavours and was light enough to stand up to many (not all) of the dishes throughout the meal – a versatile food-friendly red.
If you’re paying The Clove Club a visit, I’d also recommend making your way through their small but perfectly formed cocktails list – enjoy!