Clos Maggiore

 20th October 2015
Clos Maggiore

We’ve done it. We’ve managed to find the most romantic restaurant in the world! And guess what? It’s in London! Covent Garden to be more precise. Ladies and gents, grab your partners and treat them to something truly special. Clos Maggiore.

 

Nestled between the shops on King Street, is a hidden gem that offers a world of pure delight. Clos Maggiore is quite possibly the most special restaurant London has to offer. It’s not just the food that stands out for us (we’ll get on to that later, but my God you’re in for a treat), nor the fact that their wine cellar boasts over 2500 selections. But every aspect works brilliantly well. The design, the service, and even the toilets (we know no one wants to hear about the toilets in a restaurant, but they are ridiculously clean).

 

Let’s touch on the décor. As you walk through the front door, you’re greeted by a charming receptionist who ushers you through a narrow waiting area, through to a bar that’s reminiscent of a luxurious 1900’s parlour room (not that anyone from OutSavvy is old enough to know what that’s like, but we let our imagination run wild). Then, behold. The most awe inspiring dining lounge covered from floor to ceiling in apple blossom. In the middle of the room, a huge fire place, which we are told roars on a cold winters night. But what is even more special, is the retractable glass roof! This allows for al fresco dining during the summer days and also dining under the stars surrounded by elegance and peace.

 

If the setting hasn’t won you over, then let’s talk about the food. To start, venison terrine with pickled fruits and toasted sourdough. This dish was filling and incredibly tasty. The terrine was at room temperature, so you could taste the gaminess of the meat and the fruits were a nice touch to sweeten the palate. For mains, we had the oven roast chicken breast with braised savoy cabbage and a side of truffle mash potato. So the chicken was cooked to perfection. A nice crispy skin whilst the meat was juicy and flavoursome. The cabbage was beautiful with a mouth-watering buttery finish, mixed with lardons and the fat adding a lot of seasoning to the dish. As we now have the right to marry who we please, we’re campaigning for the right to be able to marry dishes. We don’t know if it was the setting of the food, but we were seconds away from getting down on one knee. Now you know our obsession with potatoes (If you’re not sure what this is in reference to, check out our review of the Columbia Restaurant) and it continues with the truffle mash. OMG! No potato side dish will ever be able to compete with this. End of.

 

Finally, like with any good meal, we come to pudding. Iced green apple parfait, purple shisho, red grape foam and honey tuile. We’re crying. There are actual tears in the OutSavvy office as we reminisce over this plate of divine inspiration. Every single item on this plate worked beautifully on their own, but even better married up. The parfait was sharp yet sweet, the foam was light yet bursting with flavour and the honey tuile was crisp and brought yet another element of traditional garden flavours.

 

The whole experience was truly incredible. The staff were personable yet professional and the setting was to die for. But one of the things that really made the experience awesome was the seats. Now, we know this is odd but these were some serious seats that we didn’t want to leave. We are actually trying to find out where they got them so we can deck out our office.

 

*TOP TIP* This is the ideal Valentine’s destination. Book well in advance. Also, a prix fixe menu is available as well as a tasting menu, so you can really discover the amazing dishes available at Clos Maggiore. *TOP TIP*


written on Tuesday 20th October 2015
Where is it?

33 King StreetCovent GardenWC2E 8JD

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday - Lunch - 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Monday to Saturday - Dinner - 5.00pm to 11.00pm
Sunday - Lunch - 12.00pm to 2.30pm
Sunday - Dinner - 5.00pm to 10.00pm
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