Review: Pollen Street Social, London

To celebrate me finishing my last ever exam for my GP training we decided to go to Pollen Street Social.

This was somewhere I had wanted to go for a while, after sampling Jason Atherton’s fine cooking when he was in charge at Gordon Ramseys’ Maze. I very much like asian influenced food (although hubby not as keen) and I know Jason has a lot of this in his food.

The restaurant was much bigger than i expected and had a very lively, laid back atmosphere which can sometimes be hard to find for a restaurant with a michelin star. Firstly we had cocktails in the bar – and if these cocktails were anything to go by we were in for a good night; cocktails that come with mini tubs of popcorn or tiny bits of toast and jam can never be a bad thing.

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Breakfast Fizz
Chase Marmalade vodka, yellow Chartreuse, pink grapefruit, prosecco, toast and jam and
Silver Screen
Popcorn-washed Maker’s Mark bourbon, PSS cherry ‘bespoke-a-cola’ syrup, orange oils, 3D bitters

The first course of the tasting menu was a combination of ‘sea’ and ‘farm’ which both complemented each other and were delicious eaten together. Typically, Lee and I disagreed on our favourite ‘half’. For me the gambas tartare, for him the lamb.

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British Nature
Sea (gambas tartare)
Farm (Romney Marsh lamb, sauce gribiche)

The following two courses were also big successes with me – the english breakfast, comprising of cleverly done twists on tomato, mushroom, bacon and egg and then followed by crab with pear, peanut powder and a sweet and sour dressing which was light, and a real treat to the tastebuds.

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Cornish crab vinaigrette, Nashi pear,
cauliflower sweet ‘n’ sour dressing, peanut powder

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The english breakfast

After this, a dish I was eagerly anticipating, given my almost obsession with scallops – a sea scallop sashimi. This was heavily influenced with japanese flavours and was really clean and fresh tasting.

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Orkney sea scallop sashimi “Trip to Japan 2012”

Probably the least liked dish of the menu was the turbot with cauliflower and cheese puree, seaweed salt and cockle chowder. It was well cooked, and I couldn’t really say there was anything wrong with it, I just felt it lacked a bit of punch that the other dishes so far had in abundance.

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Cornish turbot, cauliflower & cheese purée,
seaweed salt, cauliflower & cockle chowder

Things picked up again with the ‘main course’, a choice between salt marsh lamb and black angus fillet, my choice of the beef definitely in both our opinions being the better one – after trying each others. The charred onions and marrow bone being simply outstanding.

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Black Angus fillet, charred egg plant, roasted salsify, charred onions
oxtail & marrow bone

Moving on to the sweet stuff, as mentioned in previous posts, not our favourite part of the menu, so dishes have to be pretty special to impress. I thought the pear sorbet with aerated pear and walnut powder was a revelation and the chocolate desert was following closely behind with the chocolate coral being a strange and interesting new taste we had not experienced before.

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Pear sorbet, aerated Poire William, walnut powder

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70% chocolate ganache, banana ice cream,
sesame crumble, Pedro Ximenez, chocolate coral

Overall a fantastic meal, lots of new combinations, tastes and flavours, good service and a great atmosphere.

Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own

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