Removed from the avenues of Louisville's quintessential dining scene (Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue) is a gourmand's haven, 211 Clover Lane Restaurant and Espresso Bar. Provincial influence is almost non existent in Louisville, however proprietor Andrew Smith's recipe for success is a masterful blend of superb food mixed with a hint of romance and a dash of charm in an authentic Provincial setting.
Entering 211 Clover Lane you are transformed into a French country house far removed from suburbia. Dark hardwood floors with that old country uneven feel, white walls, ornate iron work, and wood furnishings harmoniously merge, yielding a feeling to that of a cottage in Arles. Small dining areas throughout this "country house setting" emit a sense of tranquility and romance. Adding a perfect touch to ambience is an alfresco dining experience unique to all others in Louisville.
Matching atmosphere with food is Executive Chef Troy Schuster's bold menu. Though we often think of the culinary arts as a complex, Troy learned the value of simplicity in the kitchen along with the marriage between food and wine. Entrees combine the freshest seasonal ingredients with an opportunity to pair your impulse with a myriad of wine selections from the Wine Spectator Award wine list. The menu is apropos to the season and on this evenings "carte" everything seemed to stand out. A few teasers included appetizers of Fried green tomatoes with romesco sauce, almonds and assorted marinated olives with fresh herbs, and Bibb salad with peaches, pecans, summer citrus vinaigrette and Old Chatham Camembert. Entrees to mention, rabbit braised with roasted garlic, preserved lemon, polenta and cioppolini onions and grilled pork tenderloin with currant-apple chutney, jasmine rice, and baby bok choy. A diverse wine list, seasonally modified, also includes a cellar's list consisting of allocated wines.
Dinner at 211 Clover Lane would not be complete without a sampling of dessert and one of the many coffee offerings. Sipping a cappuccino with a twist and a few bites of sweets under the stars is quite the finale for an evening of culinary grandeur.
In addition to dinner hours of operation, 211 Clover Lane is open for lunch and Sunday Brunch.
With the old saying, out of sight - out of mind, 211 Clover Lane Restaurant and Espresso Bar is truly "out of sight".
211 Clover Lane Restaurant and Espresso Bar is located at, well let's just ask you, who is buried in Grant's Tomb? Telephone: 502-896-9570