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|Address:||24th Floor, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ|
|Tel:||020 7877 7703|
|Price: £65.00||Wine: £24.00||Champagne: £72.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.45pm 6-10.30pm|
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I consider myself a decent home cook and on my day, I even class myself a good home chef. I've eaten at some amazing restaurants around the world and usually, I come home inspired t create my own versions of some of the dishes that have thrilled me. City Social did not have that effect – not because I would not love to have even a slightly less perfect version of what we enjoyed and not because the dishes won't stay with me for a good while to come but because I was left thinking ‘just how do they do it’. How do they get so much flavour into their dishes? How do they produce such perfection plate after plate after plate… Every tiny element of every single dish is just more amazing than I could ever imagine. I thought I'd had pretty fine beef tartare but now I feel that those I've tasted even at Michelin starred restaurants were merely mediocre compared to the sublime City Social version. And my sea bass main course – I'm almost lost for words – heaven on a plate? Moist, sweet flesh with tasty crisp skin, packed with flavour, topped with a crispy oyster, an oyster velouté and cauliflower four ways. Again, how do they do it..? Even the per dinner cocktails made me wonder if I should get a job in the bar so that I might be able to learn how they do it. And I haven't even began to sing the thoroughly deserved praises for the service. And the venue itself – from the ground floor entrance all the way to the bathrooms, the design is elegant, understated and yet impressive. And then, there's the view! When we took the lift to the 24th floor, I felt a little disappointed and afraid we might not get views I expected but for being a little lower we quickly realised there's more to see – more sights and less sky! We all know about one of Mr Atherton's former bosses who opened multiple high end venues all over London – I always felt he was heading for trouble, spreading himself too thinly. Despite the relentless pace of growth for Atherton's empire, I am delighted to say the quality is not slipping and if anything, they get better and better. I've even revisited some of the older restaurants in the group and can assure you there's no deterioration in quality and standards at those either. And finally, I must add how thrilled I am that after 15 years in Mayfair being spoilt by a wealth of Atherton and other excellent fine dining venues, I have returned to a role in the city just in the nick of time. Welcome City Social and thank you Jason Atherton! Now I'm off to make a booking to revisit again very soon!