veryone knows that the younger sibling is always cooler, cockier and a lot more fun. It’s not a knock on Infatuation favourite Portland that Clipstone is all of those things, but more of a credit to just how much we enjoy being there. Unlike Portland, which is relaxed but still feels smart, Clipstone feels like a low-key neighbourhood restaurant.
That is, until you order your food, which takes after its older sibling with lots of creative small plates, but with the added bonus of a pizza oven charring up delicious things that you definitely want to eat. The food’s never showy, and it’s a good place for an informal dinner or for anyone looking to dip their toes into fine dining, without the huge price tag or time commitment. Bear in mind that it’s a small dining room, so they ask for tables back after an hour and three quarters.