If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you don’t know about the dessert bar at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, you’ve really been missing out!
We’d just eaten a tasty steak at Flat Iron and were looking for something special for dessert. This fitted the bill perfectly.
We’ve eaten at Pollen St before and remembered that if you don’t want a full meal, you can just make a beeline for the the dessert bar, so we did just that.
We were seated at the end of the bar, right next to the glass fronted kitchen and had a great view of the food being plated at the pass. I was impressed to see that Jason was there, tasting everything as it went out. Unsurprisingly, every single dish we saw coming out of the kitchen looked stunning.
We were treated to not one, but two pre-desserts. The first was a mini cone, filled with hazelnut ice cream and covered in chocolate. Needless to say, it was delicious. It was right about then that we began to realise what a good choice we’d made in coming here.
The next surprise treat was a pot of pear mousse with pear sorbet. It was light, airy, sweet, fruity and refreshing, all at once. This was the Hog’s favourite. His only complaint was that there wasn’t a giant bowl full!
Our first main dessert was a PBJ. This consisted of peanut parfait, cherry yuzu sorbet and the fascinatingly named nitro peanut. Piggies love peanut butter, so this was a great choice for us. My one negative was that I found the cherry yuzu sorbet a little strong in flavour. The Hog on the other hand thought that it was all very well balanced.
We also ordered chocolate ganache, banana ice cream, sesame crumble, Pedro Ximenez and chocolate coral. The rich, bitter chocolate went perfectly with the fantastic, creamy banana ice cream and the sesame crumble added some much needed crunch.
There is a lot of theatre involved in creating these desserts, including the use of dry ice to form the nitro peanut and chocolate coral and it was great to admire the skill and precision of the chefs assembling them right in front of us.
We were pleasantly surprised when Jason came out of the kitchen and had a chat with us and a few of the other diners. We were sharing the PBJ at the time and he even offered to remake the chocolate dessert because the coral had started to melt. We politely declined, but appreciated the gesture. This was a really nice touch.
Just when we thought we’d been spoiled enough, we were presented with two mini frangipane cakes. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love these. They are the kind of dessert that would make Greg Wallace’s hair stand on end (so to speak) – they were that good. We finished with coffee, accompanied with a selection of petit fours and macarons.
The dessert bar at Pollen St Social is a great option if you fancy a special sweet treat. Ironically, we spent almost as much on dessert and coffee as we had our main meal at Flat Iron. However, we felt extremely well looked after, especially since we’d just popped in for dessert. We were given the same treats as the diners in the main restaurant and it was a fun way to round off the evening. We felt like we’d had a four course dessert!
Desserts plus coffee and petit fours approximately £35.
Address: 8 Pollen St, London, W1S 1NQ
Phone: 020 7290 7600