Jun 17 2014

City Social

City Social is the new restaurant by Jason Atherton (also behind the Michelin star Pollen Street Social, Little Social and Social Eating House and other restaurants in Asia) and is located in Tower 42, one of the tallest buildings in the city of London. The restaurant however is not located on one of the top floors, but is on level 24 (and you get there by taking a different elevator to the main one, a mistake which I made) but nevertheless the panoramic view of London (and mainly of east London) is wonderful.

The main chef here is Paul Walsh and the menu serves British modern classical dishes with influences from other cuisines. The menu has starters divided into uncooked and  cooked sections, a section on pasta and rice and a main course and a grill sections. Two of us chose the “Heritage and heirloom tomato salad, burrata, chilled tomato consommé, frozen basil” starter from the uncooked section and  my other lunch buddy Hugo chose “Yellow fin tuna tataki, cucumber salad, radish, avocado and ponzu dressing”. Plates were beautiful, good and tasty, similar to what you would get in other high quality restaurants in the city. I am a particular fan of colourful, different size tomatoes, so I loved this and I thought frozen basil (which was ice cold) was a creative touch to the dish. Also using pickled cucumber instead of normal one pleasantly caught my attention in Hugo’s dish.

I chose a dish from the grill section – “Whole Dover sole, caper gnocchi, samphire and citrus sabayon”. Dover sole was good, well cooked and big and I did like the samphire that was added to it. I am not quite sure about the caper gnocchi though, it was interesting to serve the Dover Sole with it, they were quite heavy though and I am not quite sure if the best thing for me to eat with the fish. You can also see in the pictures below the other dishes my friends ordered – “Warm fruits of the sea, linguini and shellfish cooking juices” and “Braised Isle of Gigha halibut, chorizo & red pepper stew, crispy squid, fennel”, great looking plates that went down very well.

When I will be looking for places in the city to have lunch, I will definitely consider City Social as the food is very good. It however is less impressive than Pollen Street Social and more expensive than in Little Social, so I guess it is my least favourite place out of these. We paid £223.31 for 3 people and did not have any dessert or alcohol and I do think it is quite expensive.

Date: 17/06
Location: City of London
Price for 3 people, no alcohol: £223.31

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City Social
25 Old Broad Street EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom
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