Last week I had a lunch reservation at the most talked about restaurant in The City since it's opening in May this year, City Social.
Located on the 24th Floor of Tower 42, and since the closing of it's former residents 'Rhodes 24', it has been completely refurbished and ready to impress.
Opened by Michelin starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, who is on a roll at the moment after opening 3 successful restaurants in London last year, (including the hugely popular Social Eating House) I have heard nothing but great things about his latest venture so couldn't wait to see what all the fuss is about.
As soon as I walked through the doors of the lift and into the restaurant I was instantly hit by the breathtaking views of the London skyline.
The floor to ceiling windows allow the light to flood into the restaurant and made it impossible for me to draw my eyes away from the view.
They even made sure the view is appreciated in the bathroom, with what I like to call "pamper pods" conveniently located by the window for people to sit down and apply their make up whilst taking in the view of London, something I took full advantage of (please see Instagram picture below!).
We started with a round of Kir Royales to toast the view and to enjoy whilst we pondered over what we should order from the impressive menu.
After much deliberation and a recommendation from the friendly waitor, I ordered the Guinea fowl and truffle terrine, parfait, crispy skin and grilled sourdough, which was absolutely delicious.
I also tried some of the yellow fin tuna takiti which melted in my mouth. The cucumber, radish and avocado salad accompanied it beautifully.
For main, I was tempted by the fillet steak, but I always try to order something I wouldn't normally eat at home so I decided on the venison. It arrived on a bed of braised red cabbage and smoked chestnuts and was cooked to perfection. Just look at that beautiful juicy piece of venison...
My mouth is watering just looking at it!
We also ordered the pheasant with caramelised red onion and the magnificently presented cod with baby squid and squid ink aioli.
And finally, temptation got the better of us and we obviously had to order the fillet steak.
Time for desserts. No matter how full I feel after a meal I can always manage a dessert! We ordered a selection, and took the opportunity to admire the views once more whilst we waited for them to arrive.
I truly believe that panoramic views of London never get old. I could spend hours gazing out to the skyline, pointing out where different areas of London lie and admiring the latest skyscrapers.
Our gazing was interrupted by the smell of the delicious sweet treats making their way to our table.
Exotic fruit Pavlova, passion fruit cream with lime and coconut sorbet...
Yoghurt and honey parfait, figs, goats milk and blackberry ripple ice cream...
And the masterpiece...
The apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream and soaked in caramel sauce.
Can we all please take a moment to admire this beauty...
Mouthwateringly warm, rich and oozing with caramel sauce.
Yep, I know. Please try to control yourself from drooling all over your laptop.
The perfect end to the perfect meal. One of the best I have had in a while.
Okay, I told a little fib when I said we ended with that beautiful apple tarte tatin, but no meal is complete without a cappuccino and mini salted caramel truffles to accompany! Oh, and a huge pot of tea because, well, I don't have an excuse for that. I'm British so there is no excuse for tea!
Whether you're looking to impress on a date, for some of the best panoramic views of London or just simply for honestly good food and wine, I couldn't recommend City Social enough. The entire team was so friendly and made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped through the door, and thank you also to Andy for taking the time to chat to us.
I'll definitely be back, possibly next time for an evening cocktail at the stunning art deco bar I noticed on the other side of the restaurant. Besides, there is only one thing that beats the London skyline during the day, and that is seeing it sparkling after dark.