Review on Clarke's
When Sally Clarke set out her stall in the 1980s she was a trail blazer, offering Londoners a brand new take on healthy modern food with a sexy Californian accent: she championed seasonal, free-range and organic ingredients, put bread back on the agenda and worked wonders with the char-grill. She's lost none of her commitment or enthusiasm over the years, although her cooking can now seem disarmingly straightforward: it's all about simple natural flavours hitting the target - and she rarely misses.
Dinner at Clarke's was always controversial (with its legendary lack of choice), but in 2006 Sally finally relented and launched a new range of fixed-price menus with four options at each stage. You can almost taste the flavours just by reading what's on offer: risotto of new season's peas, young spinach and Prosecco with crème fraîche and shaved Parmesan; roast fillet of Irish organic salmon with pancetta, red wine sauce, spring asparagus and Jersey Royals; Neals Yard cheeses with oatmeal biscuits; bitter chocolate Mascarpone tart with candied orange peel.
At lunchtime the daily menu continues to go its own way, and on Saturday it's worth nipping in for brunch before cruising round the local antique shops. Clarke's wine list is diamond for anyone who loves obscure and classic Californian tipples - but there are also plenty of lovingly selected treasures from elsewhere.
Clarke's is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Sally Clarke and Michele Lombardi
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00 - 10.00am Mon-Fri (8.00 - 11.00am Sat)
Lunch: 12.30 - 2.00pm Mon-Fri (12.00 - 3.00pm Sat)
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express