For me, food is an incredibly social tool. It brings people together and is very evocative to certain memories. Of course over the years I’ve had meals by myself but I’ve never actually gone for a special meal by myself. It’s an experience, firstly there’s at least half the amount of food on the table for you to try, this means your menu choices are more important. Choose wisely young grasshopper. Secondly, you will hoover up your food even quicker than you think is polite. Luckily the staff at Pollen Street Social made me feel like home even though I was dining by myself. Well, that and the glass of prosecco I had to toast the weekend.
Kicking off with some amuse bouche in a sexy book, of parmesan crisp with a tomato fondant and black olives. A baked artichoke leaf with white truffle, butterbean puree. A prawn cracker with crab puree. It’s fair to say my mouth was well amused after these delightful little morsels.
Gloucestershire butter went alongside a salt cod puree to be smeared of warm freshly baked sourdough bread. I could have finished the whole breadbasket.
For my starter, I went with the crispy pig’s trotter with wild garlic soup. The pig’s trotter was a meaty delight, rich and decadent crunch to vibrant gentle garlic velvet-smooth soup. This was a beautiful plate of food, that just sang the best of Spring food.
In keeping with the Spring theme for my main course the stuffed loin of a young rabbit, salt lemon, young broccoli & fresh herbs. The rabbit was beautifully tender and flavoursome. I always like a cheeky carrot with rabbit, always seems very Beatrix Potter for some reason…
I was then invited to have a seat at the dessert bar where I could watch the magic unfold. I was greeted by a strawberry and yoghurt milkshake with cucumber granita. Super refreshing and slurped up in a second up the awesome glass straw.
When presented a super sexy dessert list anything labelled“PBJ” you know I’m going to try it. Peanut parfait, cherry yuzu sorbet, nitro peanut, what more do you want? The freshness of the yuzu in the cherry cut through the creaminess and richness of the peanut ice cream and nitrogen peanut crumbs. One of my favourite desserts of all time. So incredible. The cherry jelly with the biscuit crumbs with the parfait was inspired.
At this point, I was incredibly full but very happy. But the beautiful petit fours arrived. Warm from the oven almond and lemon financiers with a gooey centre. Divine.
Nitrogen banana and chocolate crumbs. Silky smooth whilst being crumbly. Looked a shame to eat it as looked like an edible coral reef but with one mouthful it was soon demolished.
Finally, a white chocolate caramel ice cream cone full of caramel. Delicious and rich, as well as the perfect way to end a spectacular meal. The staff was so welcoming and attentive without being overbearing. A wonderful experience which I can’t wait to share again with my friends and family (mainly to try out more of the menu!)
Pollen Street Social
8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, London W1S 1NQ
Tel: 020 7290 7600
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