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


Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street