Chef Jason Atherton, formerly head chef of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Maze, opened the London restaurant Pollen Street Social in April to much fanfare.
Time Out magazine gave the eatery five out of five stars and waxed poetic about a dish of cauliflower and squid with clear roasted squid juice for £10.50 (€12).
“This first dish set the tone for dishes which are daring, pretty, at times overworked and not invariably successful, but which are always a delightful surprise,” wrote Guy Dimond.
Dimond also issued a warning to readers saying the dishes may sound rich, but “all the portion sizes are tiny.”
The 40-seat bar serves a tapas menu with items like hand-carved Ibérico ham, clams a la plancha with olive oil and bacon, and salt and pepper chipirones.
The à la carte menu includes mains like roasted halibut, Catalan paella, sprouting broccoli and pork-ham fat, and one-kilogram cote de boeuf for sharing at £65 (€74).
The paragon of fine dining in the UK, however, continues to be The Fat Duck, which received a 10 out of 10 rating — the only eatery to achieve this mark in the guide.
As of next month, the 14-course tasting menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant will increase from £160 (€182) to £180 (€205). Courses boast whimsical names like “Sound of the Sea” and “Like a Kid in a Sweet Shop.”
Pollen Street Social
8/10 Pollen Street
London W1S 1NQ
+44(0)20 7290 7600