City Social: Elegant Michelin dining in the sky
One of Michelin chef Jason Arterton’s ventures, City Social, alongside the prestigious Michelin starred Pollen and equally accomplished Social Eating House is another well turned out, elegant city restaurant, with a modern European menu, formal sensibility and attention to detail that frequently features in Jason’s dishes. The views are outstanding and the cuisine features a smattering of Italian dishes, along with more innovative modern European and French sensibilities.
Violet artichoke and black truffle with chervil root, cashew and celeriac juice is a tangy palate cleansing vegetarian option with plenty of earthy balanced flavours to boot. It’s a refined, well rendered dish worthy of praise (16/20) as is the lean and oily cut of smoked Scottish salmon seated daintily aloft a sweet and tangy pickled grape, verjus and celeriac remoulade accompaniment. (16/20)
Pork belly with cavolo nero, black pudding and cider gel is rather sensational in many ways with some of the softest, most flavoursome pork the city has to offer, a lovely balance of earthy and sweet flavours to lift the richness of the pork, delicious, soft black pudding and fresh, light, tangy cider jus. It’s a pretty plate that is yet again very accomplished. (16/20)
Desserts are no less palate pleasing, with a sweet and creamy lemon and vanilla tart boasting a light, crisp base, lashings of fruity flavours and delicate, sour yoghurt sorbet to contrast (16/20) and a more conventionally laudable peanut and banana parfait with delicate chocolate fudge and soft, caramel banana. It’s really a far less calorific counterpart to a traditional knickerbocker glory, maintaining that sense of flavourful fun. (16/20)
It’s not particularly bold or dashing as a restaurant venture, but yet another fantastic Michelin level dining establishment that’s well worth a visit whether you happen to work in the city or are simply interested in a solid dining experience with superb views across London.
Overall rating: 16/20
25 Old Broad Street