Last night my husband and I finally had dinner at Clover - a restaurant that opened over the summer on Bank St...and I realized it is about a 3 minute walk from my work. We had a great time and a fabulous meal....but I do have one reservation about this restaurant which I'll explain below.
We were the only ones there at first so I was able to get a good shot of the majority of the space. Simple decor which appeals to me. Luckily a few tables filled up later on. I imagine the location is more apt to lunch customers.
My appetizer was gluten-free and vegan - potato and parsnip soup with almond gremolata (with bits of lemon zest that were a welcome surprise)
Jeff had the local grees - roasted beets | radish | apple cider vinaigrette | puffed grains | nuts & seeds. He LOVED it - especially the kale. I nearly keeled over when he said that.
Jeff's main was chicken - chasseur style dark meat | cremini | pearl onions | polenta
This was my meatloaf main - pork & potato | broccoli | carrot purée | house ketchup. It was very good but I have to be honest here. I LOVE meatloaf and when it was placed in front of me my excitement immediately turned into disappointment. The portion size was VERY small. That meatloaf was the size of a clementine. The potato was a little slice - I thought it was at least a wedge at first but when i touched it with my fork and it fell over, my heart sunk. Potatoes costs next to nothing - this dish was $24 so I would have loved more than a tiny slice of potato and a little ball of meat. It was delicious and I found myself taking tiny bites to prolong the experience since there wasn't much there. On a related note I have been really saddened that just about every restaurant that has opened in this city in the past year has served only small plates, so when one opens that actually doesn't, I tend to expect the portions to be reasonable. This is my only criticism of Clover (the 2 glasses of wine I had seemed pretty small too - but that may have just been the wine-o in me), as the service and the quality of the food was excellent.
My dessert was amazing...the fugazi - caramelized banana | seared polenta | maple almond granola
Jeff's dessert....he was dying for the chocolate cake with PB mousse but they didn't have any so he had chocolate mousse (because he only generally eats chocolate desserts)