Super chef Jason Atherton, behind the ever popular Pollen Street Social, will open his second London restaurant, Social Eating House,in April in Soho's Poland Street. Name of the game is an informal and affordable dining experience with a contemporary bistro menu paying homage to the best of British cooking with an international flourish.
Paul Hood, who has worked alongside Atherton for six years, will head up the kitchen with signature dishes including Ravioli of wild boar bolognaise, peppered hearts and kidney; Flamed cote de pork, beetroot and white polenta; Duck, smoked ham, egg and chips; and the CLT – crab, lettuce and tomato vinaigrette (beating the BLT hands down!) Desserts are all about London honey sponge with goats curd ice cream and Lemon curd pie.
The menu will be complimented by relaxed and attentive service in a chilled out setting. Atherton’s vision was a restaurant where diners could enjoy the key elements of the current London dining scene: “I want it to be a social restaurant where the surroundings are as vibrant as the food. People will be able to enjoy a good meal that is good value,” he explained.
Design team Russell Sage Studios has worked closely with Atherton to create an eclectic room full of character – exposed brick walls, traditional white-washed copper ceilings and weathered leather banquet seats complimented by key pieces of restored furniture in the ground-floor dining area.
There’s an additional bar on the first floor called the Blind Pig – all antique mirrored ceilings and reclaimed wooden chairs where house mixologist Gareth Evans has created a list including the lethal sounding Thermonuclear daiquiri. Finally, the basement will house a hidden ‘Employees Only’ private dining space with a 15 seated wrap-around bar and informal set menu for group diners.
Social Eating House, 58 Poland Street, W1