Once we'd gotten our acts together and managed shut up and look at the menu, we ordered 2 dill or no dill cocktails, their take on a cucumber martini. I was torn between the mushroom and the duck starter so asked the waitress to suggest which to pick, she emphatically said duck (£10.50) and I was really happy when it arrived. A boiled egg, with a breadcrumbed crust and runny yolk, with chips to use as soldiers and smoked duck ham. It was incredible.
Art's wild boar bolognaise ravioli with kidney and hearts was also good by all accounts, it looked the part (£8.50).
The pork (£18) was perhaps the standout dish though, served with polenta, beets and spring onion, it was so succulent and full of flavour, I was kindly allowed to try and it was wow. Definitely a dish to come back for.
We also had a bottle of white priced at £35, I think the 2nd or 3rd cheapest available. It's not a cheap dinner by any means but they are certainly banging out some solid cooking, which is notable given it's still early days for them. I loved Pollen Street Social, this new venue from the same head chef, Paul Hood, is a more accessible and affordable offering. I'll most definitely be back and I think they are a welcome addition to the Soho dining effort. There's a prix fixe menu of 2 courses for £18 or 3 for £21 which, if my experience is anything to go by, is amazing value.
Social Eating House
68 Poland St