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Isaac McHale’s temple to “fine dining Shoreditch-style” sits in London’s culinary Top-5 nowadays, and his “theatrically presented” 5-course and 10-course menus offer “an absolute balance between sophistication, simplicity, and creativity”. The space itself within the fine old town hall is “a bit urban-ascetic” (no table cloths, of course), but is “not too archly hipster” and the “relaxed yet professional service” creates an appropriately “chilled out” yet “truly memorable” experience. Very progressively, there’s a “brilliant non-alcoholic drink match” alongside the more conventional wine pairings.
“Beyond amazing!!!!” Isaac McHale’s “playful” and “exquisitely crafted” cuisine provides one of London’s best trendy gastronomic experiences. Despite the hipster street cred of this “slightly sparse and echoey” chamber inside Shoreditch’s fine old town hall, staff are “attentive and not overbearing”, but the “pay-in-advance policy” can seem “irritating”.
“Deserving its many awards” – this groovy pop-up-turned-permanent in Shoreditch’s fine old town hall wins kudos for its “incredibly interesting” cuisine, “perfectly matched” wines and “casual” approach. The setting can seem “Spartan” though, service is a little “earnest” and to some diners “the new ticketing system for reservations smacks of hubris”.
“All the hype is worth it!”, say fans of this “foodie hipster heaven” – a “highly professional” pop-up-turned-permanent, in Shoreditch’s “beautiful” (“if noisy”) old town hall; the “eclectic” menu “may look bizarre, but it works splendidly”, though portions are rather “small”.
The Clove Club Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The food was lovely - unfortunately for the CC my last restaurant visit was to Aulis so that was still fresh in my mind"
"Best meal of the year by a long way - surprising, tasty, fun, intriguing - and although a set menu the quantities paced just right and including lots of veg - you really couldn't fault it."
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London, EC1V 9LT
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all day noon - 11.30 pm
Last orders: 9.30 pm