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Tue 21 February 2017
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Clerkenwell Shuffle
It’s gone through it’s fair share of changes over the years, but Clerkenwell is starting to make a name for itself as a foodie destination. The nearby Exmouth Market has always been our go-to for restaurants in EC1 (long live Morito!), but now with Stevie Parle’s Palatino, The Clove Club’s sister restaurant Luca and the Grind’s latest spot, Clerkenwell is no longer a culinary wasteland. We think it’s time for a neighbourhood tour.
First up, it’s aperitivi and small plates at Luca, The Clove Club’s grown up Clerkenwell counterpart. There are no tickets or set menus at this laid back haunt – just an Italian menu with seasonal British ingredients. Enjoy a Campari soda and grab something from the bar menu – pheasant Milanese and green peppercorn mayo or a montgomery cheddar and truffle toastie. This is Britalian at its finest.

Next it’s over to Stevie Parle’s second spot Palatino for mains. At Craft it may be all about British cuisine, but here he’s gone back to what he knows best: knocking out simple, Italian food a la Rotorino – think fried sage, apple and vinegar and native lobster, chilli and fennel. This locale has all the right ingredients to make it your favourite new Italian: stellar wine list, fresh pasta, meat cooked on a wood burning grill or pizza from the stone oven.

Finally, it’s over to Clerkenwell Grind. Although it’s only a few minutes away from Shoreditch Grind, it’s definitely the more grown-up of the two. Expect the usual coffee and rock and roll edge, but this time with a sophisticated menu and decor. Start upstairs for dessert in their pink velvet booth (meringue with kiwi please!) Then go downstairs, espresso martini in hand, for disco dancing with their handpicked DJs, Shane Mcpherson and Guy Gerber.

Clerkenwell, we’re coming for you.
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This Week’s Picks
To Lyle’s Guest Series with Aaron Turner for five or eight surprise dishes. 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ  International Women’s Day, at the all female chef event hosted by Balls & Company. 58 Greek Street, W1D 3DY  The new Spuntino in Bristol – Unit 12, Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Bristol BS1 6JL  At Chef Mark Hix’s Kitchen Library guest series. 32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX
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