Little Social is a cozy restaurant tucked into a quiet alley in Mayfair with Regent Street only a stone throw away. It opened up its doors last year in March just opposite to its Michelin starred sibling Pollen Street Social and has been quite well received. In recent years the success of Jason Atherton, the founder, has given birth to more restaurants in London and abroad in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. He has previously worked for heavyweights such as Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria.
We went to Little Social on a fully seated Tuesday evening which meant a wait of about half an hour for a table. Meanwhile bar seats were offered for a drink. Little Social is a brasserie styled restaurant with red and dark brown toned interior, elegant but relaxed. The food is French and so is much of the wine list. The clientele is as you would expect in this area at the beginning of the week dominated by a fairly mature crowd.
I’m still surprised by how many restaurants don’t serve their bread hot in London.
I started with brioche and foie gras. The generous piece of pressed foie gras was layered with smoked duck with the prune puree on the side. I think the layers in the foie gras lifts it up with some savouriness. I love the smooth texture and richness but it can be too much without anything to accompany it with. In this case the bread finished up before the spread did, too much goodness in the end.
Lesser cuts often makes interesting dishes I believe because it takes more effort to lift it up. This leaves room for more “quirky” components or ways of cooking on the plate. Tonight I went for ox cheeks with horseradish mash. The meat was cooked very tender, flaking off easily. Bone marrow was of course a nice addition but the horseradish mash made the difference in this dish. Really loved the texture and the sharpness balancing out the richness from the bone marrow and meat. Couldn’t wish for more.
Little Social was a very good place to spend a weekday evening with its cosy atmosphere and good food. You can love or hate a sommelier who describes wines as sexy but the food is done well.
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5 Pollen Street
London W1S 1NE
Tel. +44 (0)20 7870 3730