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Touristy James Street near Selfridges is the unlikely setting for the latest destination addition to Jason Atherton’s Social portfolio, but like everything else that this supremely talented chef turns his hand to, he pulls it off with aplomb. Heading things up is the group’s executive sommelier Laure Patry and, as the restaurant’s name suggests, wine shares top billing: as well as a shop and two tasting areas on site, many of the staff are sommeliers and can advise on everything from what to take home for supper to purchasing a Coravin wine system. But an open kitchen and eating counter at street level shows that the emphasis is just as much on food, and there’s more seating in the basement downstairs. Our standouts were four wonderfully salty ham croquettes; slow-cooked egg that dripped its yolk over creamed potato and ox cheek – gloriously sloppy comfort; and the fresh kick of salt-baked beetroot with ricotta, red wine and pine-nut dressing. But from the first bite of pan con tomate to the last lick of roast milk soft-serve ice cream, there wasn’t one duff dish, and with much of the menu priced around £7 per plate (order four per head), it’s fairly priced for the quality. To drink, wine flights and a lengthy by-the-glass selection offer an easy way in to a list that seeks out interest and originality from all around the world. Polished woods, dark leathers and metallic finishes make for a rather butch setting, but engaging staff underscore the overall mood of affordable approachability. Book in advance; it will be well worth the wait.
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With Pollen Street Social, Little Social, Social Eating House, City Social, Berners Tavern, not to mention a plethora of restaurants all over the world, can Jason Atherton do no wrong? Well I think he might have stretched himself one too far with his latest opening Social Wine and Tapas on James Street, right opposite Patty&Bun.It’s an odd space made up of lots of little dining rooms. We were seated at a cramped table which couldn’t have been more in everybody’s way. The lighting was terrible; a spotlight shone in my gentleman companion’s face like he was being interrogated. The crippling rock music, I’m...
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I am a huge fan of the talented and seemingly unstoppable Jason Atherton. I have had many great meals at Pollen Street Social, Little Social and my favourite Berners Tavern – be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I was fortunate to meet Jason at a charity event that he was hosting and was struck by how down to earth and approachable he is.I have been looking forward to trying Jason’s latest London venture, Social Wine and Tapas, that is conveniently located in my local Marylebone and think I may have found a new Atherton favourite!The beautifully designed wine bar and shop is set on the ground...
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Jason Atherton's new restaurant opening meant one thing: a blogging ladies meet up was required, and as Catherine works in the area, it was the natural choice of restaurant for Catherine, Zoe and I to finally meet. New restaurant and new meetings? I wasn't going to let the tube strike stop me getting there!As you might have guessed from the name, Social Wine and Tapas specializes in two things: good wine and great tapas. It was safe to say we weren't going to be going hungry that night - the menu was literally bursting with dishes that we wanted to try...
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I have been very curious about Social Wine and Tapas since it opened. I am a bit over Jason Atherton and his rapidly multiplying number of restaurants. My recent visit to Pollen Street Social was so disappointing that I started questioning his involvement in the restaurants and his ability to keep the quality levels up.I am not a big fan of no reservation restaurants and so waited a while to try Social Wine and Tapas.
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i Have been very curious about Social Wine and Tapas since it opened. I am a bit over Jason Atherton and his rapidly multiplying number of restaurants. My recent visit to Pollen Street Social was so disappointing that I started questioning his involvement in the restaurants and his ability to keep the quality levels up.I am not a big fan of no reservation restaurants and so waited a while to try Social Wine and Tapas. Then they suddenly decided to start taking bookings and I immediately snapped up a table for when my friends Mario and Stefan were going to be in London.The space is odd. The upstairs is very...
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