Last summer I visited Pollen Street Social and when I left I was more than a little enamoured – especially with the dessert bar. It’s a great restaurant and somewhere that I’d love to visit again.
A year on and there was another new Jason Atherton venture that had opened opposite: Little Social. I had heard on the grapevine that it was a bit more relaxed, intimate and affordable too. So last week when I got the chance to go I didn’t hesitate.
The vibe at Little Social is very Parisian bistro, it’s warm and inviting and although we visited in the height of summer I can imagine that it’s a very cosy place to visit on a cold, dark, mid-winter evening too.
Our starters were both delicious – each opting for the foie gras. Mine was with quail two ways, the other half’s was as a terrine. Both were super, and the wine that we chose to go with them – a rustic Corbieres – went very well indeed.
Then it was onto the main event, and without doubt the star of the show was the braised ox cheek with bone marrow. Not only did it look show-stopping but it was lovely and rich, and again it complemented the wine perfectly.
My choice, on the other hand was a disappointment. The cod was perfect, the cabbage pesto delicious but then the dish fell apart with what was essentially boiled cabbage and gritty cockles. To their credit they apologised profusely and even offered me a free dessert to make up for it (an offer which I most definitely took them up on!).
Then it was time for the sweet conclusion to the meal and just like at its big sister across the road, this was where the restaurant shone in my eyes. Unusual combinations, all delicious in their own unique way.
We had the decadent brown sugar tart with crème fraise ice cream and black sesame crumble. I can tell you that after rounding off our meal with that, I definitely left with a massive smile on my face.
5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE