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|Address:||58-59 Poland Street, London W1F 7NR|
|Tel:||020 7993 3251|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £24.00||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30pm-10.30pm|
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The overall feeling of Social Eating House was mediocrity. The atmosphere and the decor were lovely, as was the upstairs bar but our first drink order set the tone for the entire evening. I wanted a spicy Bloody Mary, my friend wanted something much less so. The drinks arrived and both were identical and also very bland. It tasted more like a vodka and tomato juice than any sort of cocktail. And the evening deteriorated from there.
It seemed like our waiter was either badly trained or just starting since he didn't know basic information about the menu and also seemed a little scattered. He also kept pointing us to the £40 wines even when we said we wanted to spend less. The sommelier, was thankfully much more competent in her job though even she made a mistake in recommending a Spanish wine which proved to be ridiculously floral and exactly what we said we didn't want. She did rectify the mistake very graciously though.
My Boar ravioli arrived, except it didn't. That was my starter, meant for another table. Thankfully I hadn't started eating yet. My friend could also see something of an argument going on with the waiting stuff behind me. Hmm. Not ideal. When I finally did get the starter, the ravioli was nice enough but quite frankly I could have added Dolmio to this dish and it would have had more flavour than the tomato ragu that accompanied it.
I always find fish to be a relatively bland dish but every now and again I order it in the hopes that it will be prepared in such a way that I'll change my mind. Not here. It was supposed to be plaice, brown shrimp, cucumber and mousseline sauce but overall if you'd placed a piece of fish on the plate without any additions, it would have tasted exactly the same. There wasn't even a simple tang of lemon to lift it up flavour wise. My friend liked the halibut but it was a miniscule piece.
It wasn't bad but there was nothing to recommend it. At £150 for dinner for 2 – that's not somewhere I'll visit again. It just all seemed so lacklustre and all that stands out is how unmemorable it was.