Review on City Social
Jason Atherton, acclaimed Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur is on cloud 9 with the opening of his latest venture, City Social in the space once occupied by Rhodes 24 in the iconic Tower 42. The venue will bring his successful stable of restaurants to five which now includes Pollen Street Social, Social Eating House, Little Social and Berners Tavern. Atherton is operating City Social in partnership with Restaurant Associates.
Occupying the entire 24th floor with its own entrance to the side of the building, it comprises a restaurant, bar, private dining rooms and chef's table. The no-expense spared décor has been designed by the celebrated Russell Sage Studios, who have created a stunning art deco space with rosewood panelled boards, chrome and smoked glass with an impressive black and steel open kitchen taking centre stage. The pièce de résistance has to be the breathtaking views of London's skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows, where guests can gaze out at landmark buildings such as The Gherkin and The Cheesegrater.
Atherton has appointed Paul Walsh to head the kitchen, a former Senior Sous Chef with Gordon Ramsey on Royal Hospital Road and more recently the 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen, which he helped launch with Icelandic chef, Agnar Sverrisson. The kitchen is serious about procuring first class ingredients for its menu that is divided into uncooked and cooked starters, pasta and rice, mains and grills. Kick off with Yellow fin tuna tataki, cucumber salad, radish, avocado and ponzu dressing or from the cooked section pig's trotter and ham hock with crispy Mrs Brown's black pudding, apple, and Madeira. Main courses take in warm fruits of the sea, linguini and shellfish cooking juices which can also be served as a starter or there's rack of Romney Marsh lamb, braised shoulder shepherd's pie. Desserts offer temptation in the shape of chocolate mousse, caramel hazelnuts and salted caramel ice cream or strawberry soufflé, macerated strawberry salad and yoghurt sorbet.
The menu is complemented by an expansive wine list, some of which may seriously dent the bank balance, as well as cocktails inspired by 1910-1930's prohibition era created by award winning mixologist Gareth Evans. The restaurant picked up a coveted Michelin star in the 2015 edition of the Guide.
City Social is also featured in: AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Jason Atheron and Paul Walsh
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.45pm Mon-Sat