Clerkenwell Dining Rooms: Gone and largely forgotten

I was meeting my wife up in Clerkenwell on Friday prior to heading off to Brixton to see the Doves. Rather than try and eat up by the Brixton Academy we decided to try somewhere new near her office. A couple of people had recommended the Clerkenwell dining rooms to her so we decided to give it a go. Getting a table was a bit tricky despite it being only 7PM and the restaurant being empty but we were shown to our table in their "quiet area" which to you and I is the bit around the corner by the stairs.

We were in a bit of a rush so one course would have to suffice. We decided to share a rib of beef with chips and bernaise. we got a freebie starter which was a sort of gazpacho soup which was not really my thing. We ordered a bottle of cab sab to have with the beef which was really nice and pretty reasonable. The beef came out looking lovely, and was promptly cut up for us. It was seasoned beautifully but I thought it was a touch dry. I wonder whether it had been left out for too long and lost it's moisture, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the Odin's version which is my favourite. The chips however were very nice and the bernaise was spot on.

We skipped desert because of the time but the choices looked good. We could have actually got desert as the Doves were half an hour late on. The bill came to nearly £90 which I thought was a bit much for just the one course and a bottle of wine. Nice enough but could do better.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Overall rating
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 6

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