Little Social Review

Little Social

Our Rating

This was my third time at Little Social but first time at lunch. I had really liked dinner the previous two times and was looking forward to my work Christmas Lunch at the restaurant. There were 13 of us and we did the set menu of three courses plus a lot of drinking and a very fun secret santa.

Little Social

The restaurant was busy and had a great vibe, just like at dinner.

What we ate:

Smoked Salmon, lemon purée, crème fraiche, charred cucumber, dill & blini: delicious thick piece of gorgeous salmon, slightly smoked and served with little dollops of lemon gelée and crème fraiche. The blinis were almost unnecessary as the fish was so tasty, with a bit of lemon shavings on top that added a nice touch of color and flavor.

Little Social

Pumpkin soup, slow-cooked egg, pepper cured bacon, parmesan, wild mushrooms, and croutons: the egg, bacon and mushrooms were served at the bottom of the plate and the pumpkin soup was poured on top. Very big flavors that one wouldn’t necessarily put together but worked magically well.

Little Social

Country pâté, salad, piccalilli: I am not a pâté aficionado so to me was just straightforward good pâté and didn’t turn me into a pâté fanatic.

Little Social

Aged Scottish beef burger, bacon & cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, chips: this entrée was the envy of the table. John who was seated next to me ordered it but we agreed to try each other’s foods (or I would have moved next to someone who would…). The bacon was perfectly crispy which is not always the case with British bacon), the cheese gooey and melted and the bun lightly toasted. The burger was tasty but could have been slightly juicier for my taste. But still very good.

Little Social

Roasted guinea fowl, crispy bacon, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, cranberry, confit leg & pomme purée, jus gras: this was a perfect winter dish with the sprouts, chestnuts and cranberries. The fowl was very tasty and not too dry, which happens sometimes. The best part was the side of mashed potatoes, which were served in a glass container and layer on top with a delicious confit made from the fowl’s leg – yum.

Little Social Little Social

Cod with cauliflower couscous, aromatic duck broth: the cod was a beautiful tall piece of very flaky white fish but the cauliflower couscous’ texture was slightly odd  (instead of grains, little morsels of cauliflower). They poured a very tasty aromatic duck broth all over the fish, which also made the couscous slightly too wet, but the fish needed it or would have been too plain and boring.

Little Social

Maple glazed, apple filled doughnuts, cinnamon sugar & Crème Anglaise: best dessert! I am not a doughnuts fan usually but these were absolutely fantastic. Soft and tasty on the inside and with a lovely maple glaze exterior. They were served with cinnamon sugar and crème anglaise for dipping, which weren’t really needed as the doughnuts were perfect by themselves.

Little Social

Several of us strayed from the set menu and ordered other desserts including:

Hot chocolate moelleux, sea salt & almond ice-cream: your very typical chocolate molten cake with a nice touch from the salt. The almond ice cream scoop was tiny and we ran out of ice cream by the time we had gone through a third of the moelleux. Was straightforward but I really think molten cakes are so common they’ve lot their appeal. They need to bring the molten cakes with dulce de leche to the Uk next….The one at Sucre in Buenos Aires is insanely good (http://www.sucrerestaurant.com.ar/).

Little Social

Pear & blackberry crumble, mascarpone & cinnamon ice-cream: we had high hopes for this dessert. They first serve the ice cream on the plate and then bring the crumble on a little pot and serve on top of the ice cream. It was too dry and several of us had ordered it. But we are lucky to have generous co-workers who were willing to share some of their doughnuts, which were fantastic.

Little Social

In sum: adorable  restaurant with a French bistro vibe and delicious comforting tasty food with a creative twist.

Little Social http://www.littlesocial.co.uk/little-social/

5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE
+4420 7870 3730

[mappress “width=99%” mapid=”123″]

Little Social on Urbanspoon

Square Meal

 

Little Social IMG_8063

The Breakdown

Be first to comment