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While big boy Pollen Street Social continues on its worldly way, this petite sibling across the road pays homage to the Parisian bistro, right down to its red leather banquettes, posters and Michelin road map on one wall. But Jason Atherton's take is no pastiche, delivering a menu that's focused, spirited and full of "finesse". British ingredients are joined by top produce from abroad (note the ever-present Umbrian white truffles), so expect surprising match-ups: cod brandade comes with a scattering of lemon zest and bottarga, while spiced cauliflower and duck broth gives roast Cornish cod an "extraordinarily flavoursome" Asian makeover. Steak tartare is "one of the best ever" and there are headline burgers and bone-in rib-eyes too, plus a clutch of creative desserts. Wines and service also get full marks. Some diners may be put off by the noise (a killer for romance), but we love the ebullient energy of the place.
This Parisian-style bistro across the road from the main Pollen Street restaurant is a good example of condensation, with fewer than 50 wines, half by the glass/carafe. It’s heavily French, but there are still flashes of quirkiness alongside the classics, it looks great and it’s easy to follow.
From a set menu, 3 courses £29. Lunch seating times are 2 hours, dinner seating times are 1 hour 30 minutes.
Available: 09 June 2016
Max: 6 people
Expires: 31 July 2016
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
Little Social is impeccable. Nestled in a slither of a side street, it is an Elysium secluded from the tourist-thronged pavements of Regents St. Jason Atherton’s classic French bistro interior strikes a harmonious balance between refined elegance and comfortableness. Johannes, soon-to-be manager, glides around the room attentively, infusing it with his charm. The menu is French inspired Modern European with subtly innovative twists and combinations...
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