Social Eating House

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"EXCELLENT"

25 reviews

58 Poland Street , London, W1F 7NR

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0207 9933 3251

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Dining room seating area at Social Eating House
A white fish dish at Social Eating House in Soho
A dessert with flowers and strawberries at Social Eating House
The exterior of Social Eating House restaurant sign over main entrance door
An ice cream dessert at the Social Eating House restaurant
A starter dish salmon a the Social Eating House in Soho
A dish at Social Eating House with black truffle and radicchio
Social eating house chef s counter with view into kitchen
tables   red booth seating at Social Eating House
Neon blue cocktail in coupette glass from Social Eating House
Chocolate desserts, mouse and eclair at the Social Eating House
Seating along the wall at Social Eating House with pictures and reflection of neon sign
Plastic milk carton cocktail drinks at Jason Atherton s Social Eating House
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SquareMeal Review of Social Eating House

333

"EXCELLENT"

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeSquareMeal London Hot 100 2018“Great food, informal and fun” sums up Social Eating House, Jason Atherton’s regularly rammed Soho outpost – a noisy Michelin-starred hangout that mixes cool-dude vibes and moody lighting with cooking that bears all the chef and restaurateur’s culinary hallmarks. Chef/patron Paul Hood (previously at Atherton’s flagship, Pollen Street Social) oversees proceedings day-to-day and his seasonal menu shows a trademark commitment to native sourcing as well as a fondness for all things creative and cheffy – we’re huge fans of the mushrooms and toast, a richly flavoured, artful melee punctuated with pickled girolles, creamy cep purée and onion marmalade. In a very British twist on steak tartare, tender chunks of Buccleuch Black Angus are paired with beetroot, horseradish and egg-yolk jam, while baked Cornish hake is served with hispi cabbage gratin and textured slices of Tokyo turnip laced with saffron. Simpler pleasures range from aged native-breed steaks with triple-cooked duck-fat chips to the addictive mac ‘n’ cheese with chanterelles and luscious sundaes for afters. Social Eating House’s well-curated wine list and spot-on cocktails are further pluses, while staff are hip, happy and on point (well, most of the time). 

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.

Social Eating House Location

58 Poland Street , London W1F 7NR

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0207 9933 3251

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm

Social Eating House's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.2

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Service: 8.2

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Atmosphere: 7.9

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Value: 7.2

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

12 April 2018

This restaurant looks attractive and the tables are not too close together. The service is friendly - even tho, at 67, I am not a typical diner. The menu is unusual in a good way. The macaroni cheese from the set lunch was excellent but not traditional - better than traditional - and the set meal dessert was also excellent.. Quite pricey but probably normal for the heart of Soho.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
11 June 2017

A warm Saturday evening in June and we were looking to eat before a late comedy show. Crusty sourdough bread and smoked butter were very good, and to start we had Cornish crab salad, bitter leaf, quince, apple, Nashi pear, and thin crunchy brown crab toast with cured egg yolk, and the Salt-baked Jerusalem artichoke, Iberico de Bellota, Arlington White egg, Langres, and spring truffle - these are beautifully presented, we were off to a good start. The baked hake, hispi cabbage, crab, Tokyo turnip and saffron was a disappointment as it was too salty to eat and left on the plate, but my roast turbot with green sauce, white aspargus and fennel salad was good. For dessert the Magic Memories sundae - Grapefruit sorbet, raspberry, Bourbon cream, Amaretto, and almond cake was served in a tall glass like a knickerbocker glory, enjoyable and refreshing and my caramelised milk and brown sugar tart with ginger wine jelly was dense and rich. The place is busy and noisy and I'm not sure the staff can always hear properly - I was brought the wrong dish to start but this was corrected. The hake was taken off the bill, we had a great bottle of Chardonnay from Napa Cellars, and overall we had a good time.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
08 December 2016

Good location for lunch meetings when coming from the City to meet with West End workers. Great service, high quality food. Regular lunch spot used often by myself and colleagues.

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