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Social Eating House two stars

58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR

£52.00 Modern European Soho

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  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30pm-10.30pm

Square Meal Review of Social Eating House ?

"It’s not fine dining, but as a sexy, indulgent metropolitan restaurant, Social Eating House is streets ahead of everywhere else", notes a fan of all-conquering Jason Atherton’s Soho outpost. With its quirky portraits, Victorian curios and gilded mirrors, this is low-key media-land hip cranked up a notch, although some find it "too cool for school". Chef Paul Hood (ex-Pollen Street Social) is tuned into the vibe and his tight seasonal menu is leavened with fashionable ingredients – although not everything gels. That said, the kitchen has already scooped a Michelin star for its micro-sliced octopus carpaccio, home-smoked duck 'ham’ with crispy soft-boiled egg, and roast cod with kombu seaweed and chanterelles, while desserts mix lip-smacking comfort with fancy-pants deconstructions. In all, a brilliant addition to the London eating scene from the hottest chef in Britain.

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Wine List Of The Year Finalist

Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho brings a slightly retro feel to its wine list, referencing the classic old French bistro menus of the 20th century. It has charm and character and is unfussy enough to allow diners to see quickly what’s available. It is, as you might expect, mostly French – and almost entirely European – but there are some good names nonetheless and the pricing is fair.

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  1. Social Eating House

    58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR
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    Daisy P.

    Would highly recommend a visit.

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

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    58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR
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    James S.

    Great French bistro

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

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  3. Social Eating House

    58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR
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    Jenni C.

    Not good enough.

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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 4

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  4. Social Eating House

    58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR
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    Samantha E.

    Excellent! No teething problems here...

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    Editor's pick

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

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  5. Social Eating House

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    Ann S.

    Birthday Celebration

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

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    Matt P.
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    Editor's pick

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

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  7. Social Eating House

    58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR
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    Neil M.

    Best Restaurant in Soho

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

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  1. Published : Thursday, 17th April 2014

    The Food Judge :: Social Eating House. It jarred.

    Social Eating House. The clue is in the title. Social. As in Little Social and Pollen Street Social. Yes, this is a Jason Atherton venture. Jason, the Gordon Ramsay de nos jours, even has his own website. I suspect he learnt some of the global ambition stuff from the foul-mouthed one, having been executive chef at Maze, part of the Ramsay stable. From my copious research (a bit of Googling) it would appear he parted from El Gordo in 2010 and set up his own company, Jason Atherton Limited in 2010. Hasn’t the boy done well? First impressions were positive. Dark and atmospheric, the main room is all neon and metal, split into two areas, the bar and the banquettes to the right, as you walk in and a larger room at the rear. There are other offerings; a kitchen table and a “secret” bar, but we didn’t try those...
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  2. Good food is worth waiting for and I have waited to eat at the Social Eating House for many, many months. After pay day, I reserved a table for 9:30pm. Now below will be a series of pictures which will be complemented by a paragraph of superlatives from me...
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  3. Published : Friday, 14th March 2014

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Social Eating House

    Social Eating House is another offering from Executive Chef Jason Atherton, whose other restaurants include Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Berners Tavern. Having already become acquainted with his style of cooking elsewhere, there is nothing especially striking about mains of seared cod, loin of venison, balsamic reductions and smoked cheeses. Offerings like this can only extend the feeling of tediousness after a dreary working day. Happily, the starters pack enough of a buzz to break the asphyxiating coma of this Londoners week. Wobbly soft-yolk eggs are fried in crumb and topped with just the right amount of pepper...
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  4. So I hear that this is one of Jason Atherton's latest ventures with the iconic 'social' tag. Seeing that Pollen Street Social has been an amazing success, I thought it wouldn't hurt to see what Jason currently has under his sleeve. Usually, I hear the description of 'British' and that just puts me off because I start thinking of mince and bland food in general. Obviously, that's quite an ignorant perspective because I haven't even tried what the best British restaurants in London have to offer such as St.Johns or Dinner by Heston. So I thought ,why not start with the Social Eating House? My inspection of the menu gave me an idea of British cuisine with a modern twist which got me quite excited.It was quite a wet and cold day so I was eager to step into what awaited me in Soho. The restaurant was quite distinct on the outside with the gold overhead lights directed onto the restaurant's name with the signature awkward hanging 'a' in the word 'social'; a little difference that gives the place a bit of character.Upon trying to enter the restaurant, I had to fight my way through this thick curtain which made feel like I had been transported to another world especially when I saw the decor on the inside. The place had a cool, deconstructed, hipster feel with the portraits and the exposed brick walls. What was really cool was the neon signs! It was like poetry but in neon! Kudos to the interior designer for such an unconventional design that created an intimate contemporary atmosphere. It complemented the idea of modern British cuisine as well which I thought was fantastic.Now it was time for food. I feasted my eyes on the concise menu and I ordered the smoked black Angus tartare whilst mother ordered the smoked Shetland salmon. The steak tartare was as good as it gets. It had a nice subtle flavour without being insipid. Everything in the plate had a purpose in enhancing the dish, from the radishes to the sauces.The salmon was great; nice texture, strong enough kick from the miso and richness from the creme fraiche. After that was devoured, I ordered my main- the roasted Cornish cod. This was so beautifully cooked! It almost in melted in my mouth whilst the buttery notes came through. Lets not ignore the foam that was generously dressed all over the plate. I felt like it gave the cod a nice boost in flavour because the cod itself was slightly under-seasoned. Also, I enjoyed eating the bed of spinach.Mother ordered the charred côte de porc which was glorious! It had a wonderful grilled flavour and a sweetness from the glazed skin. However, it's chewiness made me a little less envious of her choice.Lets not forget about how pleasing to the eyes these dishes were. I could tell there was a great deal of effort put into the amazing presentation. Some of the dishes looked so good I didn't even want to eat them!After a short taste bud recovery, dessert time dawned on us so I ordered the chocolate nemesis and mother ordered the apple pie. My dessert looked so good; it was nice to see more foam. It seems like foam is a re-occurring theme here! Anyway, it was really gooey and rich. Although there was an earthiness from the espresso essence, I felt like the dessert could have been more interesting in terms of flavour.The apple pie looked 'cute' with the little cherry on top. It was warm and delightful- simplicity at its best.Overall, I admired the consistency of high quality dishes which continued to amaze both my mother and I. It was hard to believe that this was really British food!  What more can I say? The food was great, the ambience was lively and authentic and the staff were very knowledgeable which made for a great service. There isn't much else one can ask for. It comes down to about £40 per person which is more than enough for the remarkable experience.PS - there's a great bustling bar upstairs.
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  5. Published : Monday, 17th February 2014

    Munch My Way :: Social Eating House, Soho

    Home This is the next instalment of Jason Atherton’s restaurant empire. After such a delicious meal at the Little Social I just have to try this one. Social Eating House on Poland St was recently awarded its first Michelin star in 2014. I was not surprise as to why. The service was excellent and so was the food. This is probably one of the best deal for a prix fixe lunch offered only at £19 for 2 course or £21 for 3 course...
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  6. Published : Thursday, 23rd January 2014

    the chic brulee :: Social Eating House, London

    Friday night we checked out Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House, a more casual sequel to his Michelin-starred Mayfair eatery, Pollen Street Social (see my review here). Located in bustling Soho, the restaurant focuses on modern British cuisine and presents a sleek, buzzy atmosphere with dim lighting, quirky artwork and closely-packed wooden tables. We ate in the ground floor dining room, however, there is a cool cocktail bar upstairs as well called the Blind Pig which packs in a trendy crowd. With a series of dishes focusing on seasonal ingredients with doses of both playfulness (“P.B.J.”) and amped-up traditional English-bistro fare (mushrooms on toast), as well as an experienced staff, we genuinely enjoyed our night out. We were served a selection of white and brown sliced bread with a side of salted, soft butter. The bread was pleasantly simple, fresh and rustic...
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  7. Published : Thursday, 21st November 2013

    vialaporte :: Social Eating House* // Soho // London

    Social Eating House, Jason Atherton’s latest *1 star venture is exactly what you would expect. Hidden at the bottom of Poland Street, it’s already become a favourite Soho catch-up spot for customers that aren’t looking for a fine dining experience but still expect some above average food. Plenty of attention has been paid to develop this new concept. The shabby chic dining room looks like a resurrected former brasserie, while cosy leather banquettes and recycled vintage cutlery are contrasted by a very lively atmosphere and some up-beat music. The swanky bathrooms have certainly had a designers touch too. Though what might surprise is that for such a boisterous on-trend establishment, the food has also been given a lot of attention...
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  8. Published : Monday, 30th September 2013

    edge and spoon :: Social Eating House

    Never having been one to jump on the bandwagon, I usually find myself firmly on the other side of the road waiting for said wagon to pass by. Compared with Jason Atherton‘s chi-chi Pollen Street Social, demure Little Social, and glam Berners Tavern, Social Eating House strikes an odd tone. Debatably, it’s Atherton’s most popular launch to date, yet something doesn’t sit quite right with me...
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  9. Published : Wednesday, 10th July 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Social Eating House

    Social Eating House is the latest restaurant from Jason Atherton who also owns Little Social and Michelin starred Pollen Street Social. It’s a very pretty restaurant both on the outside and inside...
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  10. Rarely do we encounter a restaurant that actually exceeds expectations; well hats off to Social Eating House, because they managed to do just that. We’ve been fans of Jason Atherton for a long time now, but after having seen what he’s done with Little Social and now Social Eating House we’re downright anxious to see what he’ll do with his next two ventures (he’s taking over a restaurant in Tower 42 and will also be hosting a bistro restaurant in the new Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia)...
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  11. From the Soho Hotel it was a short walk to Jason Atherton’s newest baby, the Social Eating House, billed as a more affordable way to enjoy Atherton’s celebrated cooking. I have dined at the Pollen Street Social Club and loved it so I was keen to see what the new venture (which was still in soft opening when we went) would be like. Once through the heavy curtain around the entrance, there is the bar with obligatory bare brickwork and low pendant lights over the bar, and the restaurant beyond that...
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  12. Social Eating House is a lot more casual than it's predecessor on Pollen Street. Lots of bare brick walls and moody lighting abound, all very current for the London dining scene and tricky when it comes to taking pictures...
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  13. The oddly-named Social Eating House is the latest restaurant in Jason Atherton’s empire and it’s not quite as expensive as Atherton’s flagship Pollen Street Social. Whereas Pollen Street Social has a muted, inoffensive decor suited to its Mayfair location, the Soho-based Social Eating House is a tad more adventurous with wooden floors, exposed brick walls lined with various artworks and moody lighting beaming down from handsome fittings. There are a lot of tables packed in to the relatively small space, along with a few counter spaces for single diners thrown in too. The bare floors and boisterous clientele make for a rather loud experience which won’t suit everyone...
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  14. Published : Friday, 19th April 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: The Social Eating House

    It would seem that Jason Atherton is taking over the restaurant world! This week saw him open his third restaurant, Social Eating House, headed up by his long term partner, Paul Hood. The restaurant is located in the heart of Soho over three storeys. There is a 15 seater chef’s table in the basement, the restaurant on the ground floor and then a very funky bar, with its own entrance on Poland Street on the top floor. As with his other two restaurants, this one is a looker! Quirky portraits on the walls (I wonder who they are?), panelled ceiling and exposed brick work. It felt like a place I could easily get comfortable in. We had a Poland 58 cocktail to kick proceedings off. I am not sure exactly what was in it but it came in a neat little copper cup and the mixer was in a brown glass medicine bottle. I loved the presentation and I loved the drink. If that is the standard of cocktails being served in the upstairs bar, I may become a regular!...
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