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Restaurant Review: City Social, Moorgate

Restaurant Review: City Social, Moorgate

By Said Hamed

Towering above the bustling streets of East London you’ll find Jason Atherton’s City Social, a modern British eatery which promises stunning cuisine, set to the striking backdrop of the City of London’s skyline.

16.04.2018

Restaurant Review: City Social, Moorgate

Food: 9/10           Service: 10/10        Atmosphere: 9/10            Value: 7/10          Overall: 35/40

‘Stunning views, fantastic food and service fit for a king’ – City Social

Upon reaching floor 24, guests are met with a dimly lit interior reminiscent of something from an episode of Suits. Curving leather booths and white linen tables stretch the length of the restaurant, bordered by views of the City.

On arriving, we decided to start with a few of the drinks, having heard that the bar at City Social should not be ignored. I opted for one of their G&T while my dining partner went with a glass of Moët.

The service at City Social leaves little to be desired with an almost conveyor belt-like approach in which one person pours your drink, another brings you a menu and a third serves bread for the table. Although their attentiveness could not be knocked (twice our table was swept for crumbs) it could be said to be slightly overkill if, like us, its not something you’re used to. Nevertheless, we sipped our drinks as we inspected what was on offer.

The a la carte menu champions British cuisine with fresh crab from Devon, scallops from Orkney and rabbit from Lincolnshire. Knowing we would be going for the côte de bœuf, we thought it would be a good idea to keep the starter light and went with the Brixham crab.

The crab was fresh and full of flavour with sweet, thinly sliced disks of pear contrasting nicely against the pickled kohlrabi. On the side was sharp pink grapefruit in an almost sorbet like arrangement which, though unusual, strangely worked.

After a palate cleansing starter we were ready for the main. We ordered two glasses of Sicilian red wine and awaited the main attraction. The côte de bœuf didn’t disappoint. Served medium rare, the tender slices of meat melted in the mouth and were perfectly paired with a mustardy béarnaise and a robust red wine sauce. The côte de bœuf came with a vibrant, crunchy salad and fluffy Cornish potatoes

The star of the show however, was the red wine braised beef cheeks which came atop two marrow filled bones. The cheeks were sweet, beefy and fell apart at the lightest touch. They were served with a light crumb on top which perfectly complemented the tender meat and buttery marrow.

After a rich main we were after something sweet and fresh and the rum baba was just the trick. Fluffy, sponge atop sharp pineapple carpaccio all soaked in punchy rum, and perfectly quelled by sweet juicy mango and velvety Chantilly cream. It was the ideal end to a robust and meat heavy meal.

All told, City Social doesn’t disappoint and is certainly somewhere I would recommend. The prices mean it is likely a place for special occasions, but shouldn’t leave you feeling like you’ve been short-changed.

Menu

Starter

Brixham crab, pickled kohlrabi, nashi pear, corriander and pink grapefruit

Main

Côte  de bœuf for two, red wine braised cheeks, bone marrow, Cornish potatoes

Dessert

Rum baba, Chantilly cream, mango, pinapple carpaccio, rum punch

Total price for dinner with drinks and service: £173.81