London – 10/3/14 – Hedone and the Clove Club

Hedone
I am never late but nearly missed lunch due to an underground that never arrived. Luckily I evidently can navigate the system rather well and was only a few minutes late in the end. When dining alone there is is nothing I love more than a chef’s counter and an open kitchen to provide hours of entertainment. And nothing makes me feel better than when 5 out of 7 of those at the counter were solo diners. Such an absolutely lovely leisurely lunch that truly felt like a vacation day.

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Canapés

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Amuse bouche – I am so glad that for once I admitted that I am not the biggest oyster fan. The replacement smoked egg dish was outstanding (and I do love a good egg)!

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Cevennes onion, pear shavings, sage

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Liquid Parmesan ravioli, sweet onion consommé, mild horseradish, guanciale

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Roasted loin of venison, radishes, plum, beetroot

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Provence fresh figs, lemon and thyme

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Warm chocolate, powdered raspberry, passion fruit jelly, Madagascar vanilla ice cream

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The Clove Club
I read a few reviews of the Clove Club with quite negative comments about the space and decor. But I immediately loved everything about the furnishings, high ceilings, and especially my adorable marble topped table. Shoreditch Town Hall dates to the mid 1800’s and it just seemed to fit the building perfectly.

Selection of Snacks

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Gilt head bream sashimi, mustard leaf, cobnuts & brown butter

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An extra course

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Hazel wood grilled squid, tarragon & radishes

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Another extra!

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Roast Speckle Faced lamb, Cherokee beans, Anthony & mint

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Amalfi lemonade & Sarawak pepper

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French figs & hazelnut ice cream

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And the final bites…..love this!

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