Warning: Long post ahead
After a few failed attempts in securing a table at Pollen Street Social (PSS), I was more than determined to dine there. I’ve heard so many positive reviews about PSS and I couldn’t wait to try it out. When I knew I will be in London for work, I couldn’t let go of this opportunity.
13th August. table for two. 2pm.
Pollen Street Social is Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant in London and within just six months of opening, it was awarded a Michelin Star. The restaurant is located in Pollen Street itself, a small lane off Regent Street. We arrived slightly ahead of schedule and we were greeted by a friendly hostess before being led to a table for two. The restaurant was done elegantly. It reflects a casual vibe with not one bit of pretension – warm, airy and light wooden set up.
Complimentary bowl of Sicilian green olives and salt cod brandade. I don’t normally like olives but these were good, they tasted something similar to plum. The salt cod, I couldn’t stop nibbling them and was really delicious.
The starter of English Breakfast was simply prepared and I cannot recommend it enough. Soft cooked egg that sat in a tomato paste, topped with croutons, fried parma ham and tiny morels. It’s a very inventive dish that I really enjoyed.
The rest of the meal were just delightful. The beef cheek was subtly divine and simply melting away. It’s not too rich or claggy and it worked really well with the refreshing radish salad. Came with it was a plate of bone marrow – stuffed with oxtail and topped with crumbed bone marrow. It is definitely fabulous to eat as to look at.
Also good? The cod, which was executed perfectly. Melt-in-the-mouth and the shrimp bisque was packed full with rich flavours.
We couldn’t leave without having any dessert, can we? There are two options – to have your dessert at the table or the dessert bar, the only one in London. No prize for guessing where we ended up 🙂
We were served multiple courses by the dessert chef who explained everything to a T from the welcoming sorbet, to the palate cleanser granita, to the dessert that we ordered.
Sitting there for over an hour, we watched the dessert chef behind the bar carefully plating up exquisite dessert. It’s such a joy watching them work 🙂
PBJ – Peanut parfait, cherry yuzu sorbet, nitro peanut, rice puffs. This is a playful twist on the traditional peanut butter and jam sandwich. I loved the interplay of the salty peanut butter parfait and the sweet and tangy cherry sorbet and the combinations of textures. I don’t mind having a few of this!
Mango pudding with passion fruit sorbet, black olive, yoghurt foam and crisp yoghurt meringue. It had a perfect balance of sweetness (mango pudding & the sorbet) and tartness (crisp yoghurt meringue). The yoghurt meringue is unbelievably crispy!
We were seated next to the main kitchen and we could see in full view all the actions going on. Jason was there plating up all the dishes and he did it with pride, I must add. My friend, Lee cheekily asked if we could take a picture with Jason and he obliged. We chatted for a while and I was casually saying how difficult it was to get a table at his restaurant. He turned around, asked his staff to get us his name card and told us to call him personally in the future! How modest can he be?! 😀
To end the wonderful meal, we had coffee which was served with mignardises which came in a chest of drawers. I thought the macarons were a missed, however the chocolate, especially the freeze-dried raspberry coated with white chocolate was a delight. When we thought that was all…NO! We were presented with freshly baked financiers filled with marmalade. I was undoubtedly stuffed but the financiers were so so good. I couldn’t resist. Damn you financiers!
The bill came up to be £100 for two pax. I think that it’s very reasonable considering that we had wine and mocktail (for the pregnant lady), ala carte dessert and coffee/tea as well. And it being a Michelin starred restaurant, is already a bargain!!
Will I go back? Absolutely!
Pollen Street Social
8/10 Pollen Street,
London W1S 1NQ
Tel. +44(0)20 7290 7600