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 but 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.