A quick search for City Social describes the restaurant as “Jason Atherton’s modern British fare, served in art deco-style surroundings with 24th floor views”. While accurate, this does neither City Social’s food nor ambience their full, elevated justice.
The chic high-rise surroundings are matched by a dining experience that not only appeals to a discerning palate but is also an added delight for those of us who food-combine for health.
The menu offered numerous choices that didn’t require any adaptations. Opting for protein-based dishes, my companion plumped for a delicious, intensely flavoured starter of yellow fin tuna tataki, cucumber salad, radish, avocado and ponzu dressing. This was followed by a superb main course of Newlyn line caught cod, spicy ponzu, bok choi, squid, miso aioli and seaweed.
I chose a delicately slow cooked Tidenham duck breast with amarena cherry, pistachio yoghurt, five spice and dried vinegar. For the main course, I selected the very tender Cotswold chicken with ceps, truffle and watercress, and some seasonal greens to replace the smoked mash potatoes to ensure the dish still combined. It was excellent in flavour, texture and generosity of portion.
Alas, no room for dessert, not even a sorbet! But a glass or two of white burgundy complimented all four dishes extremely well.
A fine experience, and City Social proving that you needn’t compromise on taste and pleasure for the sake of your digestion.