Michelin Star Dining at City Social in London
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Hey guys! So as you know I’m doing 3 short reviews on our weekend away in London for our birthday and anniversary. This final review is our experience at City Social, a fine dining restaurant on level 24 of Tower 42 in London. With stunning views of the financial district and a first class service, it really was a night to remember.
When we arrived downstairs, we had to go through airport style security at the bottom of the building (I guess in today’s world, you can’t be too careful) so if anything, it was different but reassuring. After, we made our way to the fastest lift I have ever been in my life, It shot up 24 floors in seconds.
The greeting by the host was friendly and genuine, always a great start to any dining experience when someone that actually wants to be there takes you to your seat. We were given a table alongside the wall, we asked for a booth given the special occasion but you can only request these, there is no guarantee. I still had a great view – the picture doesn’t do it justice.
It took a little bit of time to get a menu to start, but we know better than to judge too harshly given our hospitality backgrounds. Once it arrived, the service there on out was impeccable. Drinks constantly being topped up, tables being cleared away (they even had a table cleaner to get up all the crumbs!)
The main menu we had seen online before we came, it was limited choices (obviously) so it was easy to pick from here in a short amount of time. The wine list however, was an actual bible, easily the thickest menu I have ever seen in my life! As you can see below there’s the inside of the menu (which is sooo nice) the contents page for the wine list, and the regular dining menu.
Still a little sensitive from the night before, we made sure to order plenty of water but still managed to go through a bottle of sparkling wine (I’m sorry I can’t remember the name, maybe if I go to page 34, section 1, part 2b of the wine bible I will find it….)
To start, I ordered the lobster tortellini with squid ink, fennel, yuzu & bisque and Josh had the Wagyu beef, braised red cabbage, chervil root & spiced honey glaze. Now, I’m not a food critic, so this review is just a gal and her boyfriend with a decent understand of what makes food nice lol and the meal we had was easily one of, if not the nicest meal I’ve ever had in my life.
The first image is the lobster and the bottom is the Wagyu. The good thing about us when we go out to eat is we share and taste each others food, so I got to enjoy a little bit of heaven trying that melt in the mouth beef. The lobster was perfectly balanced and fragrant with a pop of citrus zest in the accompanying cavier. We had warm bread to start and a couple to the left of us had the great idea of using bread to mop up the rest of the sauce. Here lies perhaps 2019’s biggest regret, as I did not do that and that sauce was the one.
I’ve never eaten food so slowly in my life, I never wanted it to end! With drinks constantly being topped up and a lively but chilled atmosphere, I was just enjoying taking everything in.
For our main dish I ordered the veal, buckwheat, Jerusalem artichoke and violet broccoli and Josh had the venison saddle, celeriac, carrots, black garlic and cep. Not going to pretend like we knew what every ingredient was, turns out that cep is a mushroom with a few different names, thanks Google.
The top image is the venison and bottom is my veal, alongside our accompaniments at the bottom, the scotch egg for josh and the stew for myself. The waiters pour your sauce on for you as part of the presentation, which is obviously stunning.
The meat really did melt in your mouth, the buckwheat was a little plain but mixed with the purees and sauces, you understand the need of having certain elements gently seasoned, so that the flavours of the main components of the dish can shine through.
As you can imagine, the food was incredible and by the time mains were over I was so sad as we knew it was coming to an end. We were given dessert menus and decided it would be a shame to not have one whilst there. We went for the Banana Soufflé, which required 20 minutes to prepare and had some dessert wine to accompany it.
Here I am with said soufflé, (the bags under my eyes with each birthday pic just get worse haha).
It came with chocolate ice cream on top (served at the table, of course) which was also quite lightly flavoured so as not to take away from the soufflé. It was a lot bigger than we thought it was going to be and when I say this was lighter than air, I do not joke. I don’t really eat soufflé and I never will again unless it is from here as it just won’t compare to how incredibly light and delicious this one was.
As you can imagine by this point we’re pretty full, then this happens…
This one called the restaurant a week ago and told them it was my birthday and our anniversary celebration, so we had two extra desserts! Such a lovely surprise but we literally could not fit them in so had to take them away in a box.
All in all, this was an experience to remember and I had the best time, slight hangover aside. The food was incredible, the service was amazing, the atmosphere was relaxed and the company wasn’t too bad either ;). A great birthday and one to remember! if you are going to be in London and it’s a special occasion, I would highly recommend City Social!