As one of the hottest new London restaurant openings in 2011, chef Jason Atherton has created an exciting new dining concept with Pollen Street Social, where he offers fine dining sophistication within a smart yet informal setting. Having worked alongside chef Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years and having gained critical acclaim for his time at Maze, Atherton’s goal with Pollen Street Social was to design a unique atmosphere where patrons could enjoy socializing, dining and celebrating special occasions while feeling completely at home. Pollen Street Social is split into two distinct dining experiences: a stylish dining room which overlooks chef Atherton’s state-of-the-art glass-walled kitchen; and a vibrant 40-seat bar area called the ‘Social Room’ where diners can eat casually at the bar while watching bartender Alistair Reynolds concoct his cutting-edge drink menu. The contemporary dining space features designer lighting, eclectic Modern British art works, plush banquettes seating, and polished service. The sophisticated yet affordable a la carte menu offers inventive tastes such as the smash-hit cauliflower and squid with clear roasted squid juice; and scallop ceviche with cucumber, radish and yuzu soy dressing. For the mains, don’t miss the signature black Angus aged beef with duck-fat chips and house salad, or the roasted halibut with Catalan paella and sprouting broccoli. The dessert bar features tempting fare such as black olive sorbet served with sweet bread, or tiramisu with hot chocolate coffee. This is one of London’s most exciting new restaurant ventures, so book ahead to secure a highly coveted seat.