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Little Social

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5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1ND
Latest critic review: July 07, 2013


Little Social

This is Jason Atherton's affordable French bistro, only just across the road from his flagship Pollen Street Social. Expect seasonal French bistro dishes with rotating specials and cocktails.

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Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 7
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on July 07, 2013
" Little Social is nicer than its food. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the old ideal of living an intellectual and soignée European life in public. The grub is a mismatch of stuff that is too expensive, but it’s not the victuals that are important, it’s this idea, this feeling that’s been nicely recreated with a little panache." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Grace Dent Evening Standard
Reviewed on May 10, 2013
"Little Social is perfectly lovely, the service is wholly attentive and brimming with smiles, bells and whistles, yet, for me it’s not as adorable as the larger, joyous Balthazar or as elegant as The Delaunay. But it still has a plethora of charm, and finesse more than Brasserie Zedel, which I wouldn’t point anyone to at the moment." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Emma Sturgess Metro
Reviewed by April 11, 2013
"Like the beef, some traditionally simple dishes are left alone. Others, including a lovely goat’s milk rice pudding are needlessly over-poshed. The mixed messages are confusing: the day they pick one and stick to it will be a relief all round." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8.5 John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on April 06, 2013
"It's not every day you can give a restaurant five stars for design and atmosphere, but Little Social's intimate room is irresistible. The food nearly gets five stars for invention, polish and presentation; and the sausage-and-beefburger heartiness that robs it of top billing is, paradoxically, one of its great attractions." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on March 27, 2013
"Slow-cooked egg, mushrooms and croutons recline in a bowl and at the table are covered in a cashmere pouring of Parmesan and squash soup — extraordinarily cosseting." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on March 27, 2013
"The French staff were charming, the atmosphere intimate, the cooking first-rate, the wines by the glass desirable – and, with set lunches at £25.50 for three courses, a meal here needn’t be rapaciously priced. The bistro is back with a bang." READ REVIEW

 

Restaurant details

Address: 5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1ND

Cuisine: French

Nearest station: Oxford Circus

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