Pollen Street Social – Review (Mayfair) I finally made it here

Jason Atherton the chef-owner of Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, was the former chef-patron of the one-Michelin-starred Maze and Maze Grill of big sweary Ramsey Holdings before he set off on his pursuit of world dominance. He was also the first British chef to complete a stage at Spain’s iconic three-Michelin-starred El Bulli under Ferran Adrià. His first solo venture Pollen St Social, occupies a former Mayfair boozer and comes as a 60 cover restaurant with private dining, craft-booze trolleys, a cocktail and desert bar. I’ve had many a adventure in his restaurants and this one was without exception. Let’s be honest too, earning a Michelin star in the first year of opening in 2011 is not to be sniffed at all.

Monkey Business (£13.5) (Monkey Shoulder, Tentura, plum, apple balsamic). Deep and sweet flavours, any meal tastes better when you’re lubricated!

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Their selection of whisky spirits isn’t shabby either.

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Nosing around en route to the toilet. It’s good to see the products being handled so well.

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Amuse bouche of smoked salmon with cream cheese, pea puree corn cake and blackberry & beetroot tart. Sublime eating and the perfect way to get the taste buds going.

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Here are the vegan versions – trust me when I say this though, this is the first time I’ve dined with a vegan!

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Whipped butter, olive oil and bread game on point.

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Mushroom tea.. Quite savoury and meaty tasting.

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Casalferro 2010 (Barone) £110. A highly marked up bottle but a very good drop nonetheless.

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Colchester crab salad, apple & coriander, black garlic, lemon puree, brown crab on toast. (£18.50). Delicate and delicious – crab is one of my favourite crustaceans.

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Cornish lamb loin, braised neck, roasted artichoke, merguez sausage, curds & whey. (£38). Lamb isn’t usually my go to choice but loving this dish is a half-truth, I was smitten. The loin so tender and moist a knife is unnecessary, the braised neck so umami you’d save a piece for the last bite.. Those roasted artichoke hearts so magnificent too. All the ingredients deepened in flavour by the rich, rich jus and the side of vegetables with jewels of merguez sausage were faultless, the sweetness balanced by the tang of the curds & whey.

Pre jus..

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Jus all over my plate!

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Deserts

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Pre-desert – malt meringue, basil sorbet, yogurt foam, basil oil. Taste buds going into curious over-drive when trying new combination. It’s a definite palate cleanser.

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A combination of sorbets and quite possibly the most refreshing & fruity ones I’ve had.

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Marmalade cake, pain d’épices and sea buckthorn sorbet. (£13). Sea buckthron is a small Eurasian tree which typically grows on sandy coasts and grows orange berries. The Pain d’épices spiced & honeyed, crested with candied citrus. The buckthorn sorbet resting on the jelly purveyed so much flavour and juice I was left floored at how good it was.

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A post dinner whisky always seems to go down well regardless of the time of day, in the end we go for a Nikka Coffey Malt (£16) which was divine.

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Onto the petis fours. First up chilled chocolate.

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The game-changing cherry & bakewell tart with chewy frangipane, crisp pastry and deep cherry flavours. It left us all satisfied and stunned at how good it was. So much so I had to visit the desert bar to pass on compliments – it was awesome of them to give us one to take home too.

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Blackberry jellies in a vintage tin.

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Cheeses that our neighbouring table were having.

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The verdict:


When did I go? April 2016
The damage: £150 + per head with drinks.
The good: “Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social is a modern urban meeting point. A place to eat, drink and socialise, both for special occasions, and for informal everyday affairs.” I can’t disagree with the headline on their site to be honest, my time here was fun, memorable and the food, well, I loved without reservation! The lamb and marmalade cake are a true marvel. It’s certainly a place to dine for an occasion and a restaurant I can’t wait to visit again.

The bad: Getting a smile from our spectacled waitress was the same as getting blood from a stone! 

Rating: 4.5/5
Address: 8-10 Pollen St, London W1S 1NQ
Phone: 020 7290 7600

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