Aug 7 2013

Little Social

Little Social is a sister restaurant to the now very famous Pollen Street Social (MMMM – see my review) which is located across the street facing Little Social, and both are owned by the talented chef Jason Atherton. Little Social is a more casual, less pricey restaurant than Pollen Street Social (on average starters are £9 in Little Social and £14 in Pollen Street Social and main courses £20 in Little Social and £30/£35 in Pollen Street Social), and for me the food is almost as good, if not as good, and Little Social does great value for money as on their fixed menu, 2 courses cost you £21 and 3 courses £25. Little Social serves you British produce cooked in a modern British/ French way.
The interior is also a bit more casual than in Pollen Street Social, and Little Social has a French upscale brasserie type of feel with dark brown wooden chairs and tables and red sofas, and there are a few dining booths as well. The walls are decorated with vintage picture frames and old Michelin maps.
I went to Little Social for lunch on a Wednesday with my friend Neil, and I ordered the “Salad of baby carrots, avocado, orange, fennel, coriander” as my starter and this was one of the best salads I have had. Such a stunning and delicious dish. The oranges went so well with everything and gave it sweet acidity and the carrots were crunchy but not too crunchy and soft at the same time. The dressing was also delicious, and the presentation beautiful. I was so impressed with this dish, and this dish is a reason why I think the food at Little Social is almost the same in terms of quality and presentation as in Pollen Street Social. Neil ordered “Beetroot cured sea trout, Cheltenham beetroot, shallot dressing” which was once again beautifully presented and the sea trout had this wonderful dark red colour, and Neil said it was very good.
My main course was “Pappardelle, game Bolognese, parmesan” and it was a good big pasta dish and the pappardelle was soft and tasted well. I also liked the Bolognese sauce but sometimes the meat was left in these big lumpy bit which was a bit strange. Overall I liked it, but the starter was much more impressive for me. Neil ordered “Roasted Cornish cod, cockles, butterbeans, spring cabbage, cabbage pesto” and he really enjoyed it and said it was excellent. Neil is a huge fan of Pollen Street Social and he seemed to enjoy Little Social just as much.
We also ordered a desert to share, “Mara de Bois strawberries, lemon balm syrup, black pepper sable, yoghurt foam” which was very tasty and had different strawberries, also some small forest strawberries which I really like and which you can get in Latvia, but unfortunately they were super cold and felt like they had been frozen shortly before serving.
Little Social is the best example of a wonderful French/British brasserie in London. The food most of the time is perfect, wonderfully presented, using high quality ingredients, and I think the value for money is great in this restaurant. I actually prefer Little Social to Pollen Street Social due to value for money, and this is why it scored 1 small m more. You don’t get the “amuse bouche” and “petit fours” in Little Social, like you do in Pollen Street Social, but you pay much less.
Date: 07/ 08/ 13
Price for 2 people with a glass of wine and service charge: £111.09
Location: Mayfair

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Little Social
5 Pollen Street, W1S 1NE
United Kingdom
Little Social Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 4.5