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"Pollen Street smashes it out the park", declares one gobsmacked reader, and plaudits continue to rain down on this Mayfair barnstormer. Jason Atherton's global empire is growing apace, but this is his first home – and fans love it when they can see him in the kitchen (pretty often these days). He's continually unveiling new ideas and we've had our share of exhilarating knock-'em-dead dishes, from a cheeky jellied eel riff involving smoked eel and beetroot broth with buttermilk and horseradish, to Highland venison with honey-spiced beetroots, red cabbage and pickled apple – a harvest festival in crimson shades. Best of all is the whole roast duck, a regally buxom bird served as a double-header: the plump breast accompanied by some of the finest wild mushrooms you're likely to savour, plus a salad of the leg meat infused with Moroccan spices. To finish, perch at the dessert bar for a seductively whimsical finale – our gong goes to the reinvented blackcurrant Eton mess. Service is "polite, witty and informative", while group sommelier Laure Patry's ever-evolving wine list is a source of endless pleasure. "Currently one of London's top venues" – we'll second that.
This is not a list that does anything unusual – but it is about as rock solid and professional as you could wish. At 500 bins, it’s not a small list, but nor is it stuffed with wines that won’t sell. And while there might be a few trophy wines for clients with deep pockets, there is no shortage of fairly priced stuff, too. A third of the white Burgundies, for instance, are around £50 or less. Free of fuss, simple to use and error free, it’s a really good example of a no-nonsense list.
So I couldn’t help but admire the plate setting at the table. Simply exquisite!I have a bit of a thing for crockery as you might have figured out. So I couldn’t help but admire the plate setting at the table. Simply exquisite! I tend to base my expectations of a restaurant on 1. the plate setting and 2. the bread. I find that if a restaurant is willing to pay attention to the small things then it is usually a good sign. Just like shoes (and especially their condition) when on a professional really seem to tell a story. At least, before you get to know them better. After all, would you trust a lawyer...
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By the amazing British chef, Jason Atherton who once worked for Gordon Ramsey, has been secretly building his empire all over the world. Pollen Street Social is a contemporary and casual bistro who was awarded Best Restaurant of the year in 2014 and a Mitchelin Starred restaurant...
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Since opening in April 2011 Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social has created quite a reputation for itself within the London food scene. Culinary heavyweight Jason Atherton has a string of restaurants all over the world and rightly deserves his reputation as one of the best chef’s in the world.To say Jason Atherton learned his skills under the guidance ship of the world’s best chef’s is definitely an accurate statement. In 1998 Jason became the first British chef to complete a stage at legendary Spanish restaurant elBuli, it was under legendary chef Ferran Adria he became interested...
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We arrived unfashionably early for our table and uncomfortably lingered in the street outside feigning interest in the surrounding shops. However, our social insecurities were unfounded, as Pollen Street Social had a laid-back approach to time-keeping and offered us refuge in the bar while waiters scurried to accommodate our enthusiastically prompt arrival.We politely declined drinks as we were determined to make the most of the final dregs of our student loans and, resolved to get the most bang for our buck, we ordered a bottle later on. It was in this economising spirit that we landed at our table declaring...
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My friend Claire recently pointed out that the alternative name for my blog should be “Sam vs. her expectations!” and she is absolutely right. Places like Pollen Street Social are a clear example of high expectations=big disappointment.I am not sure how this restaurant can be so highly praised and have a Michelin star when every barely any member of their staff could speak English, and expressed no enthusiasm apart from when they were suggesting wines above &250.
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The basement at Pollen Street Social houses a private dining room which doubles up as a sommelier’s room, with built-in spittoons for tastings as well as views through to the development kitchen and the meat ageing room. The private room seats up to 12 guests, allowing us to create a bespoke experience, tailor-made to your party’s requirements.
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