Pollen Street Social

http://www.pollenstreetsocial.com/

Scores: 1 M*/ GFG 9/ Z 25/ H 2

Having already been to all four Jason Atheron restaurants (see S.E.H., L.S. and B.T.) this year I was still most impressed by the original P.S.S., I went again in December and again I was very happy with the experience.

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Orkney sea scallop carpaccio

My starter of Orkney sea scallop carpaccio, kohlrabi, frozen pink grapefruit, lemon skin purée, black olive & samphire (£16.00) was very good with the grapefruit just adding a nice bit of tartness to the dish.  The hay smoked quail “brunch”, cereals, toast and tea (£15.50) starter went down very well with the 2 people that had it. This is a dish that I have had before and it manages the combination of being a nice bit of theatre, an unusual flavour combination and tasting great. Although one of my parties agreed with me that the tea was a bit too much. Another starter of Colchester crab salad, coriander, pineapple, shiso leaf, compressed fennel, Espellette pepper (£15.50) received good reports.

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Roasted Dorset monkfish

My main of roasted Dorset monkfish, cauliflower, dehydrated grapes, apple & curry, spiced caramel (£29.50) Another popular main, which received good reports was the roasted Cornish turbot, gambas & onion broth, turnip, cabbage, chestnuts (£32.00).

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Cornish turbot, gambas & onion broth

A dessert of 70% Chocolate ganache, banana ice-cream, sesame crumble, Pedro Ximenez, chocolate coral (£10.00) was a very good pudding; the flavours were great, just very slightly different.  There were a lot of different textures going on here which made it interesting.

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Apple

3.5/ 5
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