Dearest Mr Jason Atherton,
I am writing with regards to your restaurant on Pollen Street, Pollen Street Social.
I visited the restaurant this week for my fiances birthday this week and we had an amazing dinner.
The staff were informative and attentive and with great food, we were very happy.
The quail for starters and lamb for main were two highlights.
I look forward to visiting more of your restaurants in the future.
Life of Shayan
Is a letter a good way to write a blog?
This visit for Lauras' birthday was a lovely treat for her and a bit of a present for me too. Mainly a present for me, except I felt this on my wallet. I have been to Social Eating House and to Berners Tavern, both restaurants by Jason Atherton and i was very happy I now had booked for Pollen Street Social.
The standards were set high by my visits to the other restaurants and therefore I was excited. We got there on time and were seated at the bar. I was driving so a cocktail at the beginning would be enough. I am a big fan of Rum and was given a great cocktail with a smooth taste and citrus delight similar to a mojito.
I go usually for the starter description, main courses and then dessert. Sounds obvious and also sounds very structured. How about i tell you about all the food in any order I remember and stood out.
I have to say that the service started out a bit slowly but once I made a tiny fuss about our water taking ages to come over, they were on point and amazing. Great knowledge of the food and attention too. Knowing how to handle each dish, directing us how to eat the dishes and pouring over any sauces or consomme.
This came into great effect for Laura's Pine Smoked Quail 'English Breakfast'. Eggs, Beans, Mushrooms and the amazing Quail. The Quail came delivered in a pine box and the smoke was clear once this was opened and the aromas and taste were just as strong. This was an amazing start and that is another reason why I love Laura- we can share our dishes.
The lamb loin for Cornwall was just as amazing. The dishes and emphasis from Pollen Street Social is on British ingredients and good relationships from their suppliers. The quality of food goes a long way to make preparation important and more so a good dish. Here Lamb Loin was served alongside braised neck, Sausages and roasted artichoke. The different ways the meat was cooked added to such an adventure and the richness of the flavours meant I was slightly jealous that i did not order it.
The two dishes I had were really tasty but were not as memorable as the Lamb and Quail Laura had. My chicken thigh and slow cooked egg were lovely, but it seemed to go in a few moments. The salmon filled me up a lot more and with the Bouillabaisse (french fish stew) the depth of flavour on the fish was intensified. The mussel tempura was devoured all too quickly whereas the celery was there in abundance (ahh well). The sea bass flaked away and the crisp skin added some crunch and extra flavour.
After all the great food and some lovely wine too, we had no space for dessert. However, luckily for us the delights of a Michelin starred restaurant is the few extras you get. As starter (first picture), we were given a few snacks with salmon, atrichoke mousse and some caviar. WOW. For the desserts, this meant we were given a bakewell tart (as above), with a chocolate mousse and some Turkish delight. Treats like this make me seem like a better boyfriend, this is literally the icing on the cake which adds to unforgettable nights and experiences.
The price point can be a bit much, but for a birthday and an amazing night I will not be bitter or upset about it. Ticked off the bucket list and a great way to end 2015.
I cannot wait for the new adventures in 2016- see you all on the other side.