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58 Poland Street
0207 9933 3251
“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).
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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58 Poland Street
0207 9933 3251
Oxford Circus Tube Station 334m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 373m
Oxford Street Youth Hostel 45m
Ganton Street 120m
Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 5
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.
Food + drink: 4
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.
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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