One of the things I’ve come to realise as a ~food blogger~ (bleurgh!) is that people start thinking you know things about food. You silly fools! I get texts on a semi-regular basis from friends asking where they should take their girlfriend for dinner/granny for afternoon tea/friend for excellent cocktails. It’s nice that people think to ask me, but very sadly I haven’t been to all the best places in London. So what I do more often than not is I recommend places I want to go – places I’ve heard good things about and are on my list. I imagine the people asking don’t actually think I’ve been everywhere anyway, so are just asking if I’ve heard what’s good lately.
I have a huge HUGE list of places I want to go – maybe I’ll do a bucket list post at some point. So when one of my closest friends, Phoebe, asked for recommendations of where to go to celebrate her 30th birthday, I bombarded her with texts. She was probably sorry she asked me. Bob Bob Ricard, Blanchette, Polpetto, Foxlow, The Grain Store, Lima Floral, The Dairy, Gymkhana are just some of the many restaurants I mentioned.
In the end Pheebs went for Little Social, and boy am I glad she did – it was a sterling choice.
Little Social is just across the street from it’s big sister, Michelin-star restaurant, Pollen Street Social. They both are part of Jason Atherton’s empire. What’s the concept? Modern, casual fine dining apparently. The dining room at Little Social is like a modern bistro, with ox blood-red banquettes, soft warm lighting and vintage-style maps on the wall.
Here’s what I ate:
Burrata drizzles with olive oil served with ribbons of pear and crostini.
It was so good – the burrata was incredibly creamy and gentle. It was extremely rich though, and I think I needed a bit of a lie down afterwards to recover. Instead I drank prosecco, which would explain the hangover I had the next morning.
Main course I decided to not go too rich and, um, had a burger with foie gras and a side of poutine. Poutine is a French-Canadian dish of chips (they call them French fries in Canada) topped with cheese curds and a light gravy. HEALTHY. Because this wasn’t enough, this particular poutine had chorizo in too.
The burger comprised the aforementioned foie gras, as well as an aged Scottish beef patty, cheese, bacon, carmelised onions and pickles. Phwoar.
Look at that oil! It was insanely, headache-inducingly rich. But SO so good. One of the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. Well done, Little Social.
Andrew went for 28 day aged Cumbrian native bavette served with Béarnaise sauce, chips and salad. That steak was so so tender and perfectly seasoned and cooked. I was slightly jealous, while also loving my burger.
I would highly recommend Little Social if you’re looking for something a little bit special. The service was a perfect balance of friendly, professional, attentive yet discreet. I feel kind of sad that I probably won’t go again for ages, but my bucket list isn’t going to tick itself off…
Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus (10-minute walk)