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23 July 2014
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Little Socialone star

5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE

£49.00 French Hanover Square, Savile Row

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  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm

Square Meal Review of Little Social ?

It’s directly opposite the mighty Pollen Street Social, but Jason Atherton’s ‘absolutely brilliant’ sibling inhabits a very different world indeed. Brush through the heavy red curtain and you’re immediately in a humming Parisian cocoon overseen by ‘utterly charming’, aproned staff with French accents and confident smiles; close-packed rustic tables, ox-blood banquettes, Michelin maps and prints set the mood perfectly as the good times begin. Meanwhile, the kitchen raises the bistro bar by serving up intricate, earthy flavours for big-city palates – from bowls of spoon-licking Jerusalem artichoke risotto studded with curried sweetbreads to roast cod with cannellini beans, fennel, morteau sausage and girolles. Atherton’s kitchens are always blindingly good on desserts, and this is no exception – we adore the brown-sugar tart with crème-fraîche sorbet and black-sesame crumble. The racy French wine list is a persuasive seducer, or you can perch at the bar with a cocktail and imagine you’re on the Boulevard Saint-Michel.

Wine List of the Year Award Finalist

This Parisian-style bistro across the road from the main Pollen St 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.

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  1. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    Debbie B.

    Excellent lunch

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  2. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    John C.

    JCN

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  3. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    Eve G.

    Little in name but Big in food, service and ambiance.

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  4. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    Imogen P.

    Believe the recommendations

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  5. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    Gourmand Gunno

    Needs to think bigger

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  6. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    Toby N.

    Little brother comes good

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  7. Little Social

    5 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NE
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    Matt P.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 26th March 2014

    Drifting Epicure :: Little Social

    Little Social is a cozy restaurant tucked into a quiet alley in Mayfair with Regent Street only a stone throw away. It opened up its doors last year in March just opposite to its Michelin starred sibling Pollen Street Social and has been quite well received. In recent years the success of Jason Atherton, the founder, has given birth to more restaurants in London and abroad in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. He has previously worked for heavyweights such as Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria. We went to Little Social on a fully seated Tuesday evening which meant a wait of about half an hour for a table. Meanwhile bar seats were offered for a drink...
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  2. Published : Wednesday, 12th February 2014

    Munch My Way :: Little Social, Mayfair

    Little Social is owned by the famous chef Jason Atherton. The decor of the place is like the swinging 50s with copper bar top and leather red dining booths and dark wood. The food here is an eclectic mix of French and British dishes but focusing on locally produced products...
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  3. Published : Wednesday, 5th February 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Little Social

    Jason Atherton breeds restaurants at a rate that would make even the most virile of bunnies blush. Since opening Pollen Street Social, he has gone on to launch Little Social, Social Eating House and Berners Tavern. With each restaurant opening, Atherton has thwarted the derision of critics and bloggers alike. Given this almost unanimous seal of approval, expectations for Little Social are high. In the first instance, these expectations are fully met in a buttery artichoke risotto. The voluptuous plumes of cream and carbohydrate are gummy and toothsome, festooned with curried sweetbreads, pickled chanterelle and rocket. This layering of texture is echoed in a parsnip veloute, which is poured over slow-cooked egg, crouton and wild mushroom. Rupturing the swollen egg releases a ribbon of velvety yolk, thickening the mouthfeel of the veloute. This is comfort food at its plushest and most dependable...
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  4. This sits bang opposite Pollen Street Social, the mothership, but it’s really quite other. Aiming to recreate the feel of an old Parisian bistro, this is intimate and cosy – very different to the glitz, light and noise across the road. As you walk in, a long and narrow room, with a number of ox-blood leather banquettes on the right hand side of the bar. The clients were already ensconced and I slid in. I knew within about three seconds that I could, nay would, slide off the edge. Not due to the size of my backside, though that doesn’t help, but because it was one of those very slippery leather seats which, combined with slippery clothes and alcohol, meant it wasn’t going to end well...
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  5. This sits bang opposite Pollen Street Social, the mothership, but it’s really quite other. Aiming to recreate the feel of an old Parisian bistro, this is intimate and cosy – very different to the glitz, light and noise across the road. As you walk in, a long and narrow room, with a number of ox-blood leather banquettes on the right hand side of the bar. The clients were already ensconced and I slid in. I knew within about three seconds that I could, nay would, slide off the edge. Not due to the size of my backside, though that doesn’t help, but because it was one of those very slippery leather seats which, combined with slippery clothes and alcohol, meant it wasn’t going to end well...
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  6. Published : Friday, 9th August 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Little Social

    We kicked things off during a recent trip to London with a visit to one Michelin star restaurant Medlar for Saturday lunch. A steal at 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £30. We noticed a good mix of meat and seafood dishes on the menu. Mr Nom found it quite hard to decide between the duck egg tart with red wine sauce, turnip puree, lardons and sautéed duck heart or the sea bream carpaccio with sauce vierge, tempura prawn, seaweed and cucumber. It was a lovely looking restaurant with “ox-blood banquets” and booth seating. It all felt very French; framed French posters hung on every inch of the walls and there was a tres French CD playing in the background. We half expected the waiter to come out wearing a beret and comedy moustache!...
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  7. An Italian Restaurant aptly named Pollen Street Social, Atherton's flagship restaurant that he established after leaving Maze and the Gordon Ramsay fold. Pollen Street Social registers on the upper end of the scale. It'€™s fine dining through and through with a one-Michelin star to boot...
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  8. Although bistros and brasseries seem to be becoming ten a penny in London right now, we were keen to try this one and had heard really good things. It’s right across the road from Jason’s flagship restaurant, Pollen St Social where we recently enjoyed an impromptu visit to their dessert bar and have had great meals in the past...
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  9. Published : Friday, 26th April 2013

    The Hedonist :: Little Social – Review

    But now as part of the new wave of French joints opening in town (see our reviews of Zedel, Chabrot and Garnier) we have Little Social, le petit bistro brother of The Hedonist’s fave-Jason Atherton’s Pollen St. Social, handily placed over the road from his home base in a site that housed a short-lived and often empty Italian restaurant. Now I may have a fickle heart but I know when it’s love at first sight. So if Balthazar is Katie Boyle, then Little Social is Juliette Greco. If you don’t get it go and read another blog!...
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  10. Published : Saturday, 23rd March 2013

    Bears Bites :: Little Social

    Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant Little Social opened it’s doors on Monday so fellow food blogger Ed aka rocketandsquash and I went down to check it out.     Understated from the outside with no big sign to indicate that you have arrived, which saw me frantically searching around making sure that I had got the right...
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  11. Published : Wednesday, 20th March 2013

    Culinary Creep :: Little Social, Mayfair

    I was lucky enough to attend the preview night at Jason Atherton’s newly opened venture; Little Social. Taking its inspiration from French Brasseries, with deep burgundy leather seating, the space is cozy, intimate, and a place you can very easily while away with a couple of bottles of wine...
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