The Clove Club, London, 11/10/14

Entrance
Entrance

Sometimes the exterior just doesn’t tell the story, cause the outside window only hinted at the action going on in The Clove Club. It is a place that likes to serve often overlooked British ingredients, like cobnuts. They usually serve a 5 course menu and offer small plates at the bar but we asked for the extended tasting when we made the reservation to be able to taste a larger number of their products. We didn’t make the wrong choice here!

Exterior
Exterior

Everything was wonderful and many were spectacular! You also couldn’t find a more enthusiastic team of servers, who were not just helpful but really added a fun component. For example, I had difficulty understanding the description of one of the amuse bouche and after the waiter told me several times I nodded understanding but he knew I didn’t and went and wrote it out along with several of the other snack descriptions for me to read.

Their selection of pre-meal snacks started with delicious cured meats, fried chicken chunks and various other tasty one bite taste explosions. The raw scallop is as good as I’ve had, sweet and a wonderful combo of flavors. The Dover Sole was amazing and the crisp potatoes made me want a bowl full of them. The pork jowl was opened during cooking and the major portion of the fat layer scraped out so you didn’t get this greasy thing but instead the juiciest pork and crispy skin that made you want to lick the plate clean. The 100 year old Madeira was just a small drop in the bottom of your glass that mixed with the ultra rich broth but all it took was a tiny drop to add a marvelous flavor to the drink. On one lesser note, I’d have to say English truffles don’t stand up to their Italian counterparts but it worked well enough. We finished with a tart made up of a buttery ring of pastry and luscious cream interior. Then they couldn’t stop and sent us home with their custom made chocolate bars, which are a wonderful treat to remember this very fine experience!

Meat hanging in a closet near entry
Meat hanging in a closet near entry
dining room and open kitchen
dining room and open kitchen
house cured meat
house cured meat
Anchovy and dill
Anchovy and dill
Buttermilk fried chicken with herbs
Buttermilk fried chicken with herbs
hand towels
hand towels
wine
wine
Smoked cod’s roe on rye cracker with linseed
Smoked cod’s roe on rye cracker with linseed
Venison sausage with greengage ketchup
Venison sausage with greengage ketchup
Tokyo turnip rolled with sunflower seeds and mint
Tokyo turnip rolled with sunflower seeds and mint
Housemade sourdough bread
Housemade sourdough bread
house made butter
house made butter
Raw Orkney scallop, mustard leaf, cobnuts and brown butter
Raw Orkney scallop, mustard leaf, cobnuts and brown butter
Cornish horse Macherel, English mustard and chrysanthemum
Cornish horse Macherel, English mustard and chrysanthemum
wine
wine
Dover sole, smoked roe, spinach and crispy potato
Dover sole, smoked roe, spinach and crispy potato
Tamworth pork jowl, pear and Castelfranco
Tamworth pork jowl, pear and Castelfranco
Montgomery cheddar tart and crystal malt
Montgomery cheddar tart and crystal malt
Madeira
Madeira
Mallard consomme and hundred year old Madeira
Mallard consomme and hundred year old Madeira
Ballotine of pheasant, creamed oats with English truffle
Ballotine of pheasant, creamed oats with English truffle
60 day dry aged Hereford rump, Jerusalem artichoke and horseradish
60 day dry aged Hereford rump, Jerusalem artichoke and horseradish
Amalfi lemonade and Sarawak pepper
Amalfi lemonade and Sarawak pepper
Poached quince and ginger biscuit
Poached quince and ginger biscuit
Frankie wanted more!
Frankie wanted more!

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