Atherton opens City Social in Tower 421st May, 2014 by Lucy Shaw
Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton has opened his fifth London restaurant, City Social, on the 24th floor of the City’s second tallest skyscraper, Tower 42.
Taking over the site previously occupied by Gary Rhodes, the 90-cover restaurant is headed up by Paul Walsh, the former sous chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea.
Walsh will showcase “the best of British ingredients” in dishes like asparagus salad, pecorino, soft poached hen’s egg and bone marrow crumbs; and line caught sea bass, deep fried oyster, cucumber, sea fennel and oyster velouté.
Pasta and rice dishes will also make an appearance for the first time in an Atherton restaurant.
Art deco interiors meanwhile, are the work of London’s go-to restaurant designer, Russell Sage, with an open kitchen and chef’s table in the middle of the room forming the focal point.
“Customers will walk into the restaurant from the lifts and will immediately see the Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and all those iconic buildings that have shot up in London over the past decade in front of their eyes,” Atherton enthused.
“We’re thrilled to have teamed up with Jason Atherton at Tower 42. The opening marks an exciting time for the City of London and its thriving food scene,” Andy Harris, managing director of Restaurant Associates, said.
City Social also boasts an 85-seater bar serving prohibition era cocktails devised by Atherton’s group bar manager, Gareth Evans, with Bourbon given top billing.
Among the cocktails on pour will be “99 Problems But a Birch Ain’t One”, which blends Somerset Royal 3 year old cider brandy, birch syrup, lemon juice, mandarin and a birch taffy lollipop.
City Social takes Atherton’s London restaurant tally to five. The restless chef already runs Pollen Street Social in Mayfair and Social Eating House in Soho, both of which have Michelin stars, along with bistro Little Social and Berners Tavern at the London Edition Hotel.
In addition, Atherton has backed his protégé Lee Westcott to run the Typing Room at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green on the former site of Viajante.
A profile of Lee Westcott and the Typing Room will appear in the May issue of The Drinks Business, out next week.