Restaurant review: Clandestinos Secret Supper Club, N4

15:09 06 September 2012

Rosemary and chilli cocktail PIC Dora Quiroga

Rosemary and chilli cocktail PIC Dora Quiroga


»In these belt-tightened times, it’s not surprising that supper clubs and pop-up restaurants are in vogue – representing as they do significantly better value for money than most restaurants.

But more than that, supper clubs are an exciting and very social way of dining for those who fancy a change from eating as a couple, say.

They apparently originated as a way of having restaurants in communist Cuba, and there was something rather thrilling about Clandestinos’ cloak and dagger approach: we were emailed a password the day before, which would unlock the address on the website, although this is clearly not a foolproof method as one of the guests couldn’t find the place and didn’t turn up until the second course.

The venue – our hosts flat – was delightful. Enough tables and chairs for the 15 guests, along with a little bar, made the front room cosy without being cramped. There was a lovely outdoor area complete with gazebo and another bar, while the logistics of catering for that many diners in a normal sized kitchen made my eyes water.

But everything went without a hitch – the barman made us all an invigorating, alcohol free, chilli and rosemary cocktail on arrival and we all sat round chatting waiting for the first course.

Restaurant info:

Clandestinos Secret Supper Club

A secret location in somewhere in Finsbury Park


Mains: from £20 for a 3 course meal

Wine: BYOB

Children welcome: No

Disabled access: No

Clandestinos is available for private bookings of 6-15 people

Of the 15 guests, almost all of them were female, some had come on their own and quite a few were from overseas, which made for some enthralling dinner conversations.

Most impressive of all were two Chinese ladies who were on holiday and had found the club on the internet.

All the food is made from scratch using ingredients from farmers’ markets and the like and the menu is kept a secret right up to the last minute.

Our first course was a tasty tomato and pepper soup, a hearty broth that got the taste buds going while I met the people I had been sat next too.

Next up was a delicious chicken casserole, with white wine and garlic. Not only was it well flavoured, it had a comforting, home cooked quality, especially when I realised I could ask for seconds – perfect for someone as greedy as myself.

The most impressive dish was the pudding – dark seductive chocolate mousse flavoured with sea salt and rosemary (continuing the theme of the cocktails) –which was an ambitious combination that worked excellently.

The food was very good, but the most memorable part of Clandestinos was the social aspect. From our genial host to the diverse and interesting guests, it was an evening of meeting new people and an experience I would definitely recommend. Get in there quick though, because the place is getting booked up fast.

Related articles


Latest Entertainment Stories

32 minutes ago
Cate Blanchett in Carol. Picture: Wilson Webb/Studio Canal

This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s autobiographical novel has all the signs of Academy-baiting, but Carol’s small moments, acting and score make for a perfect fit, says Michael Joyce.


A special Barbican-led night at Oval Space sees acts including the electronic duo discussing social mobility in the arts, finds Alex Bellotti.

Yesterday, 13:00
The choir of Clare College Cambridge. Picture: Nick Rutter

Concerts in Hampstead Parish Church and and the Union Chapel will be performing Handel’s classic work, says Michael Joyce.

Yesterday, 09:00
Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Billy Magnusson in Bridge of Spie. Picture: Jaap Buitendijk/DreamWorks

Another safe offering from Stephen Spielberg is saved by the performances of its two leading stars, says Michael Joyce.

Most read entertainment


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder