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For birthdays or business, romance or carousing, “flawless” Pollen Street Social is “the perfect restaurant” – whether you’re wearing jeans or a suit. It really is ‘social’ too, so start with a cocktail in the “ever-so-cool” bar, a taster of the invention and attention to detail to come. Main man Jason Atherton is opening restaurants at breakneck speed, but this is his special project and the focus of his “imaginative yet approachable” cuisine: scallop carpaccio with kohlrabi, pomelo, yuzu jam, black olive and samphire is an austerely simple assembly of bracing flavours, while playful complexity shows in the signature ‘full English breakfast’ – an eggshell filled with slow-cooked egg, tomato purée, bacon and mushrooms. The kitchen also knows all about classic creativity – witness roast turbot with capers and brown butter, cobnuts, grapes and caper gnocchi. Peerless staff receive universal praise for their sterling efforts (“no compromise on professionalism here”), and the wine list from group sommelier Laure Patry continues to enthral. “Is Michelin-starred dining supposed to be this much fun?” quips one fan.  

Wine List Of The Year

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.


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  1. The vibe is modern and expensive. It is just had a refurb, according to the maitre d’, but I wasn’t able to tell what had changed. My memory doesn’t go back two years. These days it doesn’t go back 2 minutes, frankly and we were lucky that I remembered it at all. Like the anniversary.

    Delivered in a wooden box that looked like a book were three very lovely amuse-bouche...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 5 September 2013

    Over the Hype :: Nuances of Red, Pollen Street Social

    Nuances of Red is a relatively new addition to the Pollen Street Social Dessert Bar. Capturing the essence of vibrant flowers and fruits, this dessert was absolutely visually appealing but did the £10-a-piece pass the taste test as well?
    It’s a feast for the eyes and every bit the decadence taste wise too. From the fresh raspberries, pickled roses, and the frozen yogurt, the dessert had sweetness, sourness and a little savouriness all delicately orchestrated into one right in front of your eyes by the talented chefs behind the scenes...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 13 March 2014

    ytTastes :: Pollen Street Social – Afternoon Tea

    Having said I would try Jason Atherton‘s other establishments after my experiences of breakfast then lunch at Berners Tavern, I had the opportunity to try out tea at Pollen Street Social by chance.

    I was meeting a friend for catch up and we were struggling to find a quiet place from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. By chance my friend was walking close by Pollen Street Social, so I guided him to check it out and we ended up having coffee/tea there at their Social bar.

    As I was running slightly late, it was very pleasant to rush out of the shopping crowd and into the side street where Pollen...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 27 January 2013

    The food chambers :: Pollen Street Social

    Quite simply one of the best lunches I’ve had in a very long time. The only downfall was the lack of knowledge of our booking even after an email and telephone conversation.

    Comfortable, social and not pretentious. Three things I enjoy when dining out. The service was knowledgeable with each dishes execution explained in detail with passion from all of the team. The maitre’d was pretty much made to order my entire meal as I wanted everything and didn’t think it looked right to have two main starters and two mains. Plus they just wouldn’t have all gone in. The portions are a good size and with all of the extra...
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  1. Published : Friday, 5 April 2013

    Fd Over LDN :: Social climbing up Pollen Street

    Pollen Street Social is right in the heart off busy shopping central in London off Regents Street. Barely a minute away from the Apple Store, in alley, that has barely any through fare. There is hardly anything down here, except for PSS and Jason Atherton's newer place, Little Social just opposite...
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  1. Published : Monday, 18 February 2013

    Caviar Girl :: Pollen Street Social

    This vibrant and unpretentious establishment has been a very busy social butterfly since opening its doors in April 2011. Although this was not the intention Pollen St earned a Michelin star within 6 months of opening and was named best new UK restaurant by the good food guide 2012.  This is no small achievement and is definitely reflected in the creative dishes, the service and the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.Restaurant viewMore pics and more words>>Thanks for reading :)
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  1. Published : Sunday, 21 October 2012

    SamTheFoodFan :: Pollen Street Social

    Pollen Street Social is the first solo venture of former right-hand man of Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton. A man who has also worked with the likes of Pierre Kaufman at Le Tante Claire and the first Brit to work with Ferran Adria at the 3 Michelin star El Bulli in Spain. So you just know it’s going to be good!

    As soon as you walk you in, you get what Atherton was trying to do. The interior is all wood and leather and noise! This isn't what your typical Michelin star restaurants look like. Not only has he put 'social' in the name, but it’s in the feel of the place too! Fine dining in a totally relaxed atmosphere...
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  1. Jason Atherton is the man of the moment! He already has five incredibly popular restaurants in London, including Berners Tavern, and the newly opened City Social. He has achieved worldwide acclaim with several restaurants in Asia and a plan for a new one in Dubai.

    Pollen Street Social is the jewel in Atherton's crown. It opened in 2011 and was awarded a Michelin star after only six months.

    I find some Michelin restaurants can be a bit staid and stuffy, but Pollen Street Social is the opposite. It was lively and buzzing!...
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  1. I knew I wanted to try Jason Atherton’s food after watching him win the starter and main course on the Great British Menu a couple of years before. Having previously worked with culinary heavyweights such as Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey, and even more notably at the World Famous elBulli working with Ferran Adrià, this was a chef who obviously had skill and an imaginative creativity to his food. That first encounter was memorable for both of us, so I thought a special day deserved a lunch that befitted the occasion.

    The Pollen Street Social is found just off Regent Street and a couple...
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  1. Jason Atherton found his fame while running Gordon Ramsay’s Maze. Following in his bosses footsteps, he threw himself headfirst into the world of celebrity chefdom. After becoming a household name, it was no surprise when the Yorkshireman opened his own restaurant in 2010.

    Sleek, modern yet still warm, Pollen Street is a different kind of dining room to those Londoners are used to. Though the wooden floors and a lack of soft furnishings create a hectic and lively buzz, which borders on noisy...
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  1. Published : Monday, 23 December 2013

    inher30s :: Pollen Street Social

    For no better reason than indulging ourselves on a day off, sister-in-law & I have decided to splurge on a decadent lunch at Michelin starred Pollen Street Social.

    It’s not quite as extravagant as you may think – 2 courses at lunch set you back £28 with three courses coming in at £35. There’s a relaxed and open atmosphere pervading the restaurant but on a Monday lunchtime, it is largely full of business lunchers, no doubt taking advantage of a good deal.

    While we peruse the menu (it’s short but really difficult to decide), amuse bouches arrive, attractively presented in a box made to look like...
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  1. Published : Monday, 16 September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Pollen Street Social, Mayfair

    Bombay Brasserie offers fine indian food in a very grand setting right in Gloucester Road. The food evolves around the tandoori oven such as the grill meats and fish, curries and vegetarian dishes… When I go have Indian food I always go for the classic combination for me...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11 December 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Pollen Street Social

    Sired by Jason Atherton, there is potential for Pollen Street Social to offer the kind of culinary flexing that one would expect from an ex elBulli chef. As well as working with Ferran Adrià of elBulli, Atherton has also honed his talents in the kitchens of Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsey. With a bit of luck, the stellar success of Pollen Street Social will reflect in our experience...
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  1. Like the Queen my Dad had two birthday celebrations this year. The previous evening we were at Aqua followed by Pollen Street Social on the Friday. I am slightly annoyed in that I didn't take my camera and was going too, so again I only had my blooming phone which when the food is as beautiful as this I'm now kicking myself, the pics simply do not do the food justice - sorry Chef Atherton.

    Having previously been to Jason Atherton's PSS for Mr D's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it, we were looking forward to a second seating and also showing Mum and Dad a place that we loved.

    We sat at the gorgeous...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    andmorefood :: pollen street social, london

    decent british fine dining near oxford circus. there was a lot of hype surrounding this restaurant when it first open, much like the burger & lobster, and of course I decided to wait until that died down a little before trying it. I rather enjoyed this meal, though I thought it was good rather than fantastic and I’m going to start sounding like a broken record player by saying I much prefer petrus.

    the restaurant is much larger than I expected it to be, comprising of one large main dining room furnished with a dessert bar, as well as a smaller, casual-er bar area where you enter. tables are spaced rather...
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  1. Published : Friday, 11 October 2013

    the chic brulee :: Pollen Street Social

    They call it “deformalised fine dining” and it’s a concept I’d like to see more of in London. Led by elBulli trained British chef Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social is a buzzy, Michelin-starred bistro with a hip vibe on an enviable Mayfair block. The interior is clean and contemporary with an ambience formal enough for fine dining, but casual enough for a boisterous weeknight meal. The service was impeccable from the start and rivaled the kind of treatment we’ve received at 2- or 3-star Michelin restaurants around the world. My husband and I often find ourselves looking for a place with the quality of food you’d...
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  1. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you don’t know about the dessert bar at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, you’ve really been missing out! We’ve eaten at Pollen St before and remembered that if you don’t want a full meal, you can just make a beeline for the the dessert bar, so we did just that...
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  1. 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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Jason Atherton

A Gordon Ramsay protégé and the first Brit to complete a stage at el Bulli, Skegness boy Jason Atherton is now one of the UK’s most prolific chefs. Since leaving Maze in 2010, he’s worked tirelessly, opening a raft of style-conscious ‘Social’ restaurants including Pollen Street Social, City Social et al. He also helped to launch Berners Tavern and the Typing Room, and has overseas interests in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and now New York.

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