Pollen Street Social
8-10 Pollen Street
Mayfair, London, England W1S 1NQ
We visited London right before the Covid 19 Pandemic Hit. This restaurant may have changed their seating, menu, and more.
Why did we dine here? – Pollen Street Social is a one Michelin star Modern European restaurant in London run by chef Jason Atherton. It was conveniently located, had availability, thus it was time to eat.
What a name.. In the USA we would start thinking about Allergies!
Insider Tip – Reserve ahead. If you order duck or steak for 2, its enough for 3 or 4 people!
Cuisine – Modern European
Location – London Mayfair
Opened – 2011
Service – Pollen Street Social had excellent service. No worries about ordering, no need to ask for refills, napkin folding, tablecloth layering over our mess!
Verdict – Pollen Street Social definitely filled our need for some fine food but not overly stuffy. The food was solid and inventive, plus the service was excellent.
VAT included. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Pollen Street Social Signature Dishes – Roasted Duck, côte de bœuf.
Pollen Street Social’s Menu is compact and easy to navigate. 6 starters, 7 mains, plus a tasting menu. Vegan and vegetarian menu.
Pollen Street Social Food Picks:
MODERN COSMO (£13.50) Vodka, Yuzu liqueur, Ramazzotti, cranberry, orange sherbet, citrus. Was good but really tiny.
Amuse bouche with 3 items and a small soup hit the spot. If you are not very full, you could forgo a starter! 8/10
Pressed quail & duck liver, truffle dressed vegetables, liver toastie (23) fulfilled our need for foie gras. More inventive than just a slab of foie, this dish has a variety of textures and flavors. 8/10
Paignton Harbour crab salad, apple, coriander, lemon purée, brown crab on toast (22) was a beautiful looking modern crab salad. Not particularly big but well done. 8/10
Suckling pig, belly & loin, red flesh plum, onion & almond purée (38) was pork 3 ways. Beautiful crispy skin on 2 plus a really nicely done loin. A must for fellow pork fans. 8/10
Roasted sea bass, shellfish fondue, crab crushed potatoes (41) was a delicate dish with perfectly cooked fish. 8/10
Pre-dessert was a sorbet combination that proved to be excellent. Frankly we could have skipped dessert! 9/10
Kent Mango, coconut cream, pineapple sorbet & white chocolate (14) was excellent too. It took forever to arrive and we found out why. A beautiful white chocolate container filled with sorbet and fruit. A bit on the tart side. 9/10
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
BERRIED, ALIVE (8) Mixed berries cordial, lapsang souchon tea, fennel syrup, lemon tasted odd. 5/10
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?