reviews of london restaurants seem mostly to be stuck inside other large threads. so i figured i would start new threads for the restaurants i recently ate at.
my longer review of my lunch at the clove club (with many, many pictures) is on the blog, but here's the tl;dr: i really liked all the food but found the meal as a whole to not have much of a through-line. this seems to be a consequence of contemporary cheffy eclecticism which makes it hard to figure out what a restaurant's identity is outside the context of other restaurants like itself. i repeat as well my earlier comments (in the bigger london thread) about some aspects of the service being a little silly. as i say in my review, "some of the servers were rather earnest young men who bent down and whispered the descriptions with a sort of hushed urgency that suggested they were delivering the launch codes for nuclear missiles or relating symptoms of an embarrassing disease over the phone in a crowded place—so much so that on occasion I had to ask them to repeat themselves."
that said, i really enjoyed the meal and odds are good that i'll return with mrs. jones when we're in london for 3 months in the spring.