The Clove Club alumnus Chase Lovecky caters for all with his trendy take on modern American cuisine
A bit of a departure for the team behind Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant The Clove Club, this casual venue from US chef Chase Lovecky serves dishes inspired by modern American cuisine and is named after the national park in Maine, New England, which Lovecky calls home.
Two Lights is billed as a new type of neighbourhood restaurant. It caters equally for those looking to indulge in a multi-course menu as it does casual diners who are only looking to have a plate or two with a glass of wine.
Found just up the road from The Clove Club on Kingsland Road, the bright but stark décor is reminiscent of New York’s gentrified aesthetic; whitewashed brick walls, clothless tables, and shelves cluttered with weighty cooking tomes, preserved delicacies and vintage wines.
Lovecky, who spent three years cooking at The Clove Club and counts US chef David Chang of Momofuku fame as his mentor, described Two Lights prior to its launch as being “a small restaurant serving creative and delicious food”.
The menu certainly combines different cultures and flavours to astonishing effect. Starters include a crispy prawn sandwich with yuzu mayonnaise and Thai basil; and roasted artichoke with a sunflower seed miso; mains feature grilled pork with beans, bacon and mustard, and roasted Aylesbury duck with confit duck leg and tarte tatin. For dessert there’s the restaurant’s Insta-famous vanilla custard tart with bourbon caramel, and molten chocolate cake with Guinness ice cream.