We booked our “tickets” (one of the first UK restaurants introducing a ticket based system) to the Clove Club in London for August 2016. What were we expecting? Hmm, a tricky question, right! A month prior, we were dining at The Ledbury, so our expectations were set quite high.
The Clove Club, in London is rightly situated between the old retro and the new metropolitan part of the city in Shoreditch, tucked inside an old Town Hall. The architecture stands out a mile away, so we anticipated an old and dingy feel to the evening, however, upon entering we were pleasantly surprised.
We began the evening with few cocktails in the front of the house bar, where the décor slightly resembled an old English pub, with a slight rustic modern twist. The drinks were just as they were described by the waiter and the menu- you could literally taste each ingredient. The sharpness of the lemon and lime and the coolness feel of the cucumber mixed with Vodka.
Once the dining service began, we were taken to our table. As we entered the room, my partner and I looked at one another as just said, “Oh maybe we should of just worn jeans”. Yes, we had slightly overdressed for the occasion, as others were comfortably seated with their very casual clothes.
It had a open floor plan where you could see the chef and everyone else in the kitchen, preparing for each course. I mean the area probably sat no more than 60 dinners at a push and the real centre of the attention was the kitchen island, where the head chef himself was!! Yes, Isaac, “The Chef” was there in person, preparing and going over each dish before it was served, as we sat on the table just parallel to the kitchen island. He regularly smiled at his diners and spoke with his colleagues.
What an atmosphere! We felt like we were watching a magic trick being designed and then shown to us as it unravelled on our plate, as we went through the nine courses.
Each course was so different in its own right yet so stunning, which went well with our wine pairing as advised by the sommelier.
The staff were pleasant and interactive throughout the evening, we must of spent a good 10-15 minutes speaking with the manager about our upcoming visits including the Eleven Madison Park as well as the San Pellegrino List awards. Must say, he was quite impressed with our knowledge and experiences we had of all the restaurants on the list already.
As our evening came to a close, we where left speechless about the whole experience and hope that they would get a second Michelin Star, as they truly deserve it.
On another note, whilst typing this review we are already thinking about our next visit to this show stopper.