Since I’ve been back in Claremont, everyone and their mother has had something to say about the Village’s newset addition, Union on Yale. Owned by the same people as the ever-popular Back Abbey, Union on Yale brings a young, modern vibe to the village, with the inclusion of fire pits, delicious cocktails and even a bocce ball court! I headed over last Friday with two friends, where we were greeted with a packed restaurant. The hostess pointed us towards the fire pits to wait- we had to flag down three separate waiters before we were finally brought a drinks list. I ordered a Rosemary Lemon Drop, which was delicious and lethal- I was definitely feeling it halfway through! Once we were seated we decided to order several items and share everything, as the restaurant definitely is going for a small plates theme. Union on Yale has quickly gained a reputation for amazing pizza, so we decided to try two of them. The Bianca Pizza, which boasted black truffle cheese, was just a bit too rich for me, and needed some spinach or something to temper the flavours. The Forest Floor pizza, which is pretty much my dream due to all of the wild mushrooms, could have been incredible, but the mushrooms were charred to a crisp! Definitely disappointing, as it probably would have been the winner without being burnt. That being said, the pizza crusts were perfectly thin, and definitely have the most potential out of any pizzas around. The roasted winter vegetables were perfectly cooked and spiced, however the aoli that accompanied them was simply too strong- the mustardy flavours completely overpowered the vegetables. However, when paired with a bit of olive oil, the flavour was improved. I obviously didn’t try any of the pasta, but neither of my dinner partners were super impressed with it. Weirdly enough, I really enjoyed the black cod? As I try more and more fish, I seem drawn towards cod, and this one was particularly delicious. It was very moist and flaky, and the accompaniments were well suited. I’m not sure if Union on Yale lived up to the hype for me, however it was still very, very good. The aoli and burnt pizza were signs that they’re still trying to work out the kinks, which is fair enough, seeing as they’ve been around for less than two months. I’ll definitely be back, and hope that this next time I get in a round of bocce!