Clos Maggiore – Covent Garden

A sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden, Clos Maggiore offers a memorable dining experience. Having wandered past the restaurant and thought how good the menu looked a couple of times, it didn’t take much arm twisting when the brother-in-law suggested we eat there.

We booked a table for a late evening bite one Friday evening. On entry, we were given a friendly greeting and swiftly taken to our table in the upstairs dining room. The furnishings with leather armed chairs and dark woods gave the dining room a traditional feel. The ambiance and feel of Clos Maggiore provide an ideal place to relax with good wine and food.

Choosing from the menu was difficult as all of it looked good. We were dining fairly late so we decided to skip starters; a royal in every case ‘we’ as the braised shoulder of Loire Valley Rabbit really did sound good. There was enough choice, but, reassuringly not too many choices. With the four of us dining we all choose a different main course.

I went for the corn fed Lancashire guinea fowl and the others chose the glazed duck breast, fillet of lamb and suckling pig shoulder. The waitress also instilled confidence and helped us select the right amount of side dishes for the mains we had chosen.

At this point I should probably mention the extensive wine list. As well as the food been given 3 Rosettes the wine list has also been given a number of accolades, including the Wine Spectator giving it a ‘Best of Award’. Now we did think about getting a 1996 vintage bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti at just over £10,000. Then we woke up and decided to go for a more conservatively priced bottle of Californian Merlot which was excellent.

The mains were well presented and the waitress happily spoke through the contents of our plates. The Guinea Fowl came with a selection of baby vegetables in a silky creamed foie gras sauce. With the addition of truffle mashed potato this was a truly tasty dish. The duck was tender and described as yummy (what better accolade could you get).

Rather than a sweet to finish off I went for the selection of cheeses. And how right I was to, each of the cheeses, which included two hard cheeses, Cashel blue and a soft goats cheese were perfectly served; ripe for the eating. The other major plus point were the biscuits, as well as tasting good, there were plenty of them. How often I’m served pâté for starters or cheese for desert and I’m not provided with enough of the accompanying biscuit or toast to allow me to fully enjoy the plate.

I’m happy to write a glowing review of the Clos Maggiore as it really was excellent. Not an everyday restaurant but definitely one to check out if you’re in the Covent Garden area and fancy some where for a luxury bite to eat.