City Social, yet another London opening from industry heaveweight Jason Atherton, on the back of the flagship Pollen Street Social, Little Social, Social Eating House and Berners Tavern, Jason now has 5 restaurants in London and is slowly expanding his restaurant empire like his former boss Gordon Ramsay. City Social set on the 24th floor of Tower 42 in the city, offers sky dinning experiences with a live band on my visit.
|Views of the city|
The decor is smart and well spaced, the design managed to get all the tables with a lovely view and we got great seating facing the Gherkin. There were only an al la carte menu on our visit and it might make sense given the high percentage of customers would be city workers where usually money is not much of an issue for them.
|Cumbrian beef tartare, sour dough crouton, |
goat’s curd, truffle dressing, dried vinegar
For the first time Jason's restaurant offers pasta dishes and I was keen to see how they would deliver, I ordered the risotto of cep with crispy veal sweetbread. The risotto had real bold and earthy flavours with a fruity and mild tone from the truffle cream and maderia glaze, it was indeed an impressive dish as both texture and taste were spot on.
|Risotto of cèps, crispy veal sweetbread, and Madeira glaze|
|Warm fruits of the sea, linguini and shellfish cooking juices|
Line caught Cornish sea bass was cooked to perfection, the meat was soft and moist with an interesting combination of cucumber and cauliflower which delivered freshness to the palate. The oyster veloute and crispy fried oyster offered a creamy and crunchy texture, everything wasexecuted wonderfully but it was unfortunate the fish wasn't seasoned enough, otherwise it could well had been one of the finest sea bass dishes I've had in London.
|Line-caught Cornish sea bass, deep-fried oyster, |
cucumber, sea fennel, oyster velouté
|Middle white pork loin and braised belly, |
girolles, black pudding, cider gel
|Bourbon vanilla custard tart, nutmeg and milk sorbet|
|Rum baba, English Summer berries, strawberry sorbet|
The overall lunch experience was good but not to the level that I would consider to be excellent. It is still a few steps below Pollen Street Social and not a great deal of difference to Little Social or Berners Tavern. But given the higher price tag and the less heart warming services I had received compared to other Jason's restaurants, I don't think I am likely to return.
What I paid:
£60 per head
Average cost without drinks and services:
24th Floor, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ