Harden's survey result
“Upscale” two-year-old in Clerkenwell that’s an “unassuming-yet-special-feeling” cousin to the famous Clove Club, and whose quirky layout – “lots of different ‘zones’ in the restaurant, with a cosy bar at the front” and “funky” conservatory to the rear – creates a “delightful” setting for a meal. Its distinguishing culinary feature is the use of British ingredients to produce Italian cooking, alongside an “extremely pleasant Italian-biased wine list”, and fans say results are “incredible”. “The one gripe: as good as this is, it’s pricier than you’d expect”. Top Menu Tip – “love the Parmesan fries”.
“It’s a joy to dine” at this “lovely” Clerkenwell yearling – a “really cool” space with bar at the front and “buzzy” conservatory restaurant to the rear. It’s actually a sibling to the legendary Clove Club, although the culinary style is more traditional here, with the aim to produce Italian cuisine from British produce. Results evidence some “serious cooking” producing “consistently good” results, although fair to say it’s not as earth-shattering as its stablemate and can seem a tad “pricey”. Top Menu Tip: “delicious Parmesan fries”.
“It’s not the Clove Club: get over it!” – this new Clerkenwell sibling to Shoreditch’s legendary foodie temple takes a totally different culinary tack, delivering a menu of “high quality, refined Italian dishes” using the best British produce. Not everyone loves it (especially those burdened by Clove Club expectations), but most reports are of “outstanding” cooking, “extremely accommodating staff” and a “beautiful” and “romantic” interior (the rambling site once known as Portal (long RIP), with a cosy bar at the front and conservatory and private rooms towards the rear). Top Menu Tip – “the Parmesan fries are truly the work of angels (addictively moreish!)”.
Luca Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Saturday summer feast menu for a birthday celebration, hit the spot exactly."
|Wine per bottle||£36.00|
88 St John St, London, EC1M 4EH
|Monday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|