AA New 5 Rosette Award - Pollen Street Social

2016
Winner's Name: 
Pollen Street Social

Jason Atherton has certainly clocked up a few air miles as he now appears on four continents. He’s up to seven restaurants in London alone, but this sleek Mayfair venue is the jewel in the crown. With its high-chair bar seating under globe lights, clothed tables on a wooden floor, glassed-in kitchen views and a dessert bar that may be one of the capital’s foremost guilty pleasures, the place boasts a dynamic buzz. The five and eight course tasting menus will lure many, and non-carnivores will be thrilled that they are amply sorted out with vegetarian and vegan options, but you can also stick to time-honoured convention and cherry pick your way through the carte. Assuming you haven’t cut to the chase and gone straight for the dessert bar in the first place, finish with a highly technical take on the theme of blackcurrant Eton Mess, or the zippy sweet-and-sour delights of marmalade cake with pain d’épice and sea buckthorn sorbet.