The Clove Club
“I wouldn’t ever go back to gas.”
“People will constantly just walk into the ‘kitchen’ and chat to the chef,” says Phil Bracey of P. Franco, a casual wine bar and shop in Clapton. ”It feels like our house.”
When Atsushi Tanaka, Hideki Nishi, and Ryuji Teshima flew in from their respective Parisian eateries to cook at London’s The Clove Club, it led to an evening of globally inspired food. And meringue cigars.
Skye Corewijn of Lazy Eye Ceramics started throwing clay as a hobby. Now, she makes tableware for Michelin-starred chefs including James Lowe and Isaac McHale.
“We try new stuff but we don't give a shit about what people say about us. We just want to learn more,” says Mexico City chef Jorge Vallejo, as he works on a taco and langoustine studded menu with The Clove Club’s Isaac McHale.
“It looks a bit scary—a bit of fried fish head staring at you,” admits co-head chef Andy Oliver of the signature whole-fried sea bass at London Thai eatery Som Saa. “But it’s really fun to eat. It’s how they’d serve it in Thailand.”
Going out to eat in nice places can be an absolute shitter when it comes to the money factor. But that doesn't mean you can't eat well. Thankfully, I've got some suggestions on dining—even in fancy restaurants—when you're strapped for cash.