The Clove Club, London
Set in one of the government’s grandest vestry halls built in the city in 1865, The Clove Club is located within the Shoreditch Town Hall where many of today’s art enthusiasts convene at exhibitions and events. This modern British restaurant exudes a vibe that is akin to a gastropub – but a taste of the creations from Scottish-born Isaac McHale, and you will be transported to another realm entirely.
Isaac McHale began his career at the young age of 14 working at a fishmonger’s because taking up a paper round did not appeal to him, despite his attempt as a Food Chemistry student at Glasgow University. This was followed by stints at some of the world’s famous dining establishments such as The Ledbury in Notting Hill, Noma in Copenhagen, and New York's Eleven Madison Park.
After The Ledbury, McHale was involved in various experimental pop-up events across London including his time as the co-founder of a pop-supper club known as the 'Young Turks' cooking collective with fellow chef James Lowe (now head chef at Lyle's), before it led to the creation of The Clove Club in Shoreditch Town Hall.
Ranked No.26 among top-notch UK restaurants on 2017's World's 50 Best Restaurants list, and a Michelin star under its belt, McHale and his team has indeed transformed The Clove Club by taking their culinary expertise to a whole new level.
Taking pride in their five-course tasting menus, the The Clove Club have designed their menus to bring glory to the often-overlooked British produce, plus a particular emphasis on vegetables.
Many of the dishes are created at the cosy and smart blue-tiled open kitchen, which often takes centre stage in The Clove Club’s dining room. With eleven tables facing the open kitchen, guests can be treated to an interactive gastronomic experience.
Both my partner and i chose the 6-course menu which was reasonably priced at £65 per head. Besides the six main dishes, we were also served assorted snacks to awaken our palates and coffee snacks at the end.
Flamed Cornish Read Mullet Sashimi, Black Radish & Tarragon
It was a nice experience at The Clove Club. The dishes we had was flawless but nothing to be 'wow-ed' at. Having tried the vegetarian main course which was forgettable, i am not sure whether the vegetarian menu is a wise choice if you are not a vegetarian. My favorite dish of the meal was Flamed Cornish Read Mullet Sashimi with Black Radish & Tarragon. Overall, i like the atmosphere here and i think the food is quite fair for affordable price.
The Clove Club
Address: Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT, UK