Pollen Street Social, run by chef Jason Atherton, is a Michelin star restaurant just off Regent Street in central London, which opened in April 2011. We went for the lunch special just before our return to work after the honeymoon. Two courses came at a reasonable price of £32, which included homemade bread, whipped cream butter (I have had this a few times now and much prefer proper butter), canapes and a small taster of a mushroom broth soup (which my husband stated tasted like 'cup a soup' - not in my opinion, the flavours were executed superbly). We decided to go for the slow cooked Burford brown egg and pressed ham knuckle for starters, followed by Ribble Valley chicken breast and Cornish lamb loin. The egg was particularly good, despite not being something we would usually go for. The lamb was well cooked, but lacked the 'je ne sais quoi' expected of a Michelin star restaurant (although of a high quality and similar to other Mayfair French eaterys). The chicken was well presented, with a moreish chicken fat mash. Unfortunately, we were unable to find room for dessert, but were impressed by the selection of ice-creams and sorbets ordered by guests around us. They also offer a dessert bar which allows diners to watch the pastry chefs at work. For drinks, we sampled the specially branded Pollen Street Social Selection, Clos de l'Elu, Anjou from the Loire Valley at £10.50 a glass (a bit steep). Unlike other french restaurants in the area, Pollen Street Social has a nice airy bright atmosphere. We plan to attend again and sample the 'al la cart'.
Pollen street social
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