The Young Turks/Clove Club…a gastronomic quartet!

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently, mainly due to preparations for my forthcoming cake stall at Mill Road Winter Fair. But also, working in the hospitality industry, I’ve been enveloped in the final stages of prep for the festive season, which started back in August! 

Recently, however, I did make time to book myself in for dinner at The Ten Bells in Spitalfields, which has been temporarily taken over by a gatronomic quartet made up of, chefs; James Lowe and Isaac McHale (The Young Turks) and Front of House stars; Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith (The Clove Club).

The Ten Bells is a pretty infamous pub, famed for being Jack the Rippers local, or something along those lines 😉 It’s received a bit of a face lift since those times although it still retains a certain shabby chic-ness. The Young Turks have also added their own quirky touches…

The 3 month residency got off to a flying start with every sitting being fully booked. The fact that I had to be put on a waiting list, ready to pounce on a cancellation at a minutes notice, just made it even more exciting and me, even more determined! At about 4pm on my chosen day I received a ‘first come first served’ email letting me know that a table had become available…needless to say I didn’t pause for breath before hitting reply and securing a table for me and my friend.

On the night in question, we shared a table with a wonderfully friendly couple, and were plied with our first drink of the evening, a delicious Hendricks cocktail…

(*I apologise now for my pictures, the lighting was very cool, but not very conducive to food photography.)

We were presented with the mouthwatering menu…

along with a gorgeous little boule of sourdough bread. I was very happy to see that there was no stinging on butter, and that our table companions set the precedent of sprinkling rock salt on theirs, which made it instantly acceptable for me to do the same!…

First up we were given a few little taster snacks of pear and Middle White ham…

pumpkin and Ogleshield buns…

and devilled sprats, which had a beautifully surprising chilli kick…

Then we had grilled leek, dried scallop and seaweed. It was a very delicate dish that tasted of…well, the sea! (in a nice way)…

I think the next course was actually my favourite…parsnip, oats and pheasant. It was in essence, savoury, creamy porridge served with a tender, rich pheasant ragout and topped with parsnip crisps…

The main event was the Old Spot belly with fennel, molasses and red radish…

It was cooked the perfection and as well as tasting delicious, was a piece of artwork! We had to ask the identity of the delectable white blobs and were informed that it was garlic infused cream, decanted from a pressurised canister. All I know is that it was divine!

Dessert was apples, sour cream and apple brandy…

I loved the texture of the apples, likening them to the dried apple rings that you can buy in health food shops, a childhood fave of mine. We also had a glass of Mufis dal Siet 2007, Marco Sara, Udine, which packed a punch but accompanied it perfectly.

The whole meal was absolutely delicious and at £39, I thought was well priced for the amount and quality of food we received. It was one of those meals where you savour every mouthful and halfway through each dish you start mourning its loss. But all good things must come to an end and end it did, with me having to rush off like Cinderella with a train to catch back to the provinces!

The menu changes regularly but I can only imagine that everything they concoct is equally delicious…catch it whilst you can (until the end of Jan 2012).

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