Having flown back from a work trip in Denver that morning I was then lucky enough to be whisked up the top of Tower 42 to Jason Atherton’s City Social for a Double Archer birthday celebration – Steph and Lawrence’s.
We had some bubbles in the bar which has a lovely decor and views all the way across London which at night is really something special. The bar filled out although surprisingly not as much as you would expect on a Friday night in the city.
Once our table was ready we moved through to the restaurant which was a much quieter environment but with equally amazing views across the gherkin this time. Also make sure you make a trip to the ladies, as the view from the furthest cubicle is quite impressive!
Jason Atherton’s menus at all his restaurants are appealing and make the mouth water, City Social is no exception. To start with I went for the roasted French quail with creamed corn and pearl barley, pancetta and a red wine reduction. This was exquisite from the presentation to the flavours coming through from the plate, couldn’t fault it.
Lawrence’s choice was equally delicious and plenty of Italian depth of flavours coming through the ‘warm fruits of the sea linguini and shellfish cooking juices’.
Mains were a very tricky choice to make as so much jumped off from the page, but we went halves on a Fillet Steak which was cooked perfectly, accompanied by duck fat chips and béarnaise and peppercorn sauce.
Now the other half of our mains was an impressive whole dover sole, caper gnocchi, samphire and citrus sabayon. The fish came whole on the bone as you would expect but both layers could be easily pealed off since it was cooked so well and yet the fish was moist and juices flowing through.
Despite having tried to savour each mouthful to stop the dishes from finishing we were now presented with the dessert menu and it was time to decide. First they tempted us by bringing over the biggest cheese trolley I’ve seen in awhile which caught a couple of Archers’ eyes!
I managed to resist and ventured out a bit by going for the Prune and Tokaji parfait, hazelnut biscotti, pain d’epice, white chocolate and walnut ice cream. With desserts normally not my favourite this really took the biscuit and was incredible, I’ll still be having dreams about it.
I managed to wrestle a mouthful of Lawrence’s Pistachio soufflé which was equally delicious and always a tricky thing to get so much height which the chefs at City Social managed wonderfully.
It’s rare you see Tom struggle to finish a meal but even he was defeated by the huge Apple tarte tatin which was to share between him and Steph (of course human dustbin Lawrence saved the day).
It was an incredible meal, up there with one of the best I’d have to say and then we finished the evening with a cocktail across at Sushisamba to get a different point of view across London.
Thank you as always Archers for a real treat.