If any of you know me, you know that I like to harp on about my birthday. It usually starts from May and the words ‘It’s nearly my birthday…’ tend to come out; much to the despair of others around me. When I then mention it’s in July and still months away people tend to give me a certain ‘you’re crazy’ look. Maybe it is to some, but birthday celebrations need to be booked months in advance in London.
To kick off the celebrations and one of my main priorities was hiring out a roof terrace to organise a large group of friends to let the drinking commence in the evening. However for the duration of the day, I arranged a small get together with some friends from university that I haven’t seen in a while. Where better than City Social, a Jason Atherton restaurant that offers great food, with panoramic views of the city.
The restaurant can be difficult to locate as the entrance is hidden on the right-hand side of Tower 42 but once you’re inside, the place is visually stunning with dark modern furnishing all with 360° panoramic views of the city. There’s nothing more amazing, than feeling on top of the world.
Our lunch got off to a rocky start as I booked a late afternoon lunch at 2.30pm on a Saturday with the kitchen due to close at 2.45pm. With the weekend traffic, everyone was late and I was given a few warnings by the restaurant manager. Thankfully the kitchen held tight and we were summoned at our table with everyone quickly making their mind up on their orders.
Once the food started to arrive at the table, there was a gasp as each and everyone was immaculately presented. Not one dish went back with a trace of food left.
My starter of choice was the guinea fowl and truffle terrine; beautifully rich, earthy but with a soft creamy texture that would be difficult to match elsewhere. It was a great starter but I sincerely wish I could have wolfed down everyone else’s too.
The main courses were even more impressive, with each appearing like a work of art. I opted for the rabbit saddle & sausage served with mustard mash. The mash was beautifully balanced without the mustard being too overpowering, incredibly creamy and matching the hearty rabbit and earthy girolles served.
Modern cooking at it’s finest.
Course after course we were left amazed and the desserts were no different. Seeing rhubarb and custard soufflé on the menu was an instantaneous decision and one I’ve dreamt about ever since. Light, fluffy with a beautifully inner centre that had a rich custard centre with a subtle tart taste from the rhubarb. There’s never been 10 minutes where I’ve remained so quiet and instead just murmured with pleasure at how wonderful a soufflé can be.
City Social has beautiful food and a great relaxing atmosphere and of course the views are outstanding (#thosetoiletstho). I haven’t had food this delicious in a long time but it’s worth mentioning that the afternoon was let-down by attention to detail. Even though the staff were aware of the birthday celebrations the service fell flat with nothing to mark the special occasion. If you’re planning on visiting I’d suggest you do so on a normal day and not a momentous occasion because I can’t guarantee that the restaurant will make your day feel that extra special. Which is a shame as everything else was faultless.
– City Social, City of London