Jason Atherton is just the loveliest man – no airs and graces, a truly down-to-earth guy – and boy, does he know how to establish restaurants! City Social is yet another winner. Boasting 360 degree views over London, it is breathtaking! This is an enormous, but seriously cool place.
A great spot for a sunset cocktail in the expansive bar, where they serve tapas-style food, from small tasters to pretty substantial offerings, such as burgers, and fish and chips on Fridays. It is full from early evening until late; mainly the “city crowd,” but Jason fans and view-lovers will flock here.
The service and delivery was as consistent as ever and the menu suited to all tastes. Asparagus with shavings of truffle was served with the most perfect, oozing poached egg, nobly enhanced with a bone marrow crumble. The salad of several varieties of tomato was bursting with flavour, and a creamy buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto made this a simple but healthy starter. Yellow fin tuna with lightly pickled cucumber, avocado and ponzu – ditto!
Pasta dishes are all about the flavour, and the seafood linguini put you right on the beach. A truffle sweetbread dusted with lemon zest, adorned with earthy risotto, was to to die for.
For mains, a succulent seabass with crispy skin was served with three versions of cauliflower – a couscous, sautéed florets and a foam. Every morsel was polished off; it was exquisite. Plus, how fun to have rabbit on the menu, especially served with rabbit sausage cassoulet.
Desserts can be served with a pairing of a dessert wine, and are so good. Superb soufflés, fabulous Rhum Baba and a proper cheese board wheeled to your table. Don’t see many of those!
This is a sophisticated establishment, and a fabulous night out.
25 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1HQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7877 7703