Thursday, 13 September 2012
Clandestino's Supper Club
I finally made it to Clandestino's supper club in Finsbury Park a few weeks ago and it was delightful. Run by a very friendly and welcoming host, Cristian, Clandestino's is a real home from home. As my friend and I entered the house via the white picket fence next to the flourishing bay tree, we walked directly into the dining room which had been transformed into a homely bistro complete with candles and red checked table cloths.
We deposited our coats and bottles of wine, then took our complimentary glass of homemade strawberry daquiri out into the pretty courtyard garden, where we acquainted ourselves with fellow diners and chatted amongst the pot plants, fresh roses and garden ornaments. Including a handsome Budda on a bench. Funnily enough, the night we went, nearly all the guests were female, so I tell you what single fellas, if you're looking for a lovely lady to woo, I reckon you should get yourself to Clandestinos. Girls love a supper club!
It was soon time to head to the dining room as we took our seats and dinner was served. Cristian and his team did a brilliant job and effortlessly brought out all sorts of homely dishes including homemade red pepper soup, a tasty chicken and tomato dish served with perfect rice and a fantastic rich chocolate mousse with a fruit coulis, served in vintage coffee cups. The food was simple and wholesome made with fresh ingredients and love. And unlike some supper clubs, Clandestino's don't charge silly money, just a very affordable £20 per head which I think is a bargain.
We had a great bunch on our table and the conversation and wine flowed until it was suddenly very late and time to go. Apart from my friend who was having so much fun, she stayed on and was the last to leave!.Clandestino's really is one of the friendliest supper clubs I've been to. And in the summer, Cristian sometimes converts the garden into a private dining area for those who fancy a romantic dinner for two, or perhaps a spot of al fresco dining. It's also a great place to host a private dinner party for up to 15 guests. His menu changes each time and sometimes he does a Brazillian supper club which is one of his specialities.
(Somewhere near Finsbury Park, N4)
£20 per head for 3 courses & a welcome drink. BYO wine
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I've only been to two supper clubs to date, but Clandestinos is definitely my favourite. I've been twice and each time it's felt like catching up with an old friend.
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