Pollen Street Social in Mayfair is a great venue for gluten free fine dining in London. The decor is contemporary and the environment is welcoming, so you won’t feel as though you are going to eat in a ‘stuffy’ atmosphere, despite the restaurant holding one Michelin star. If you are not arriving by London taxi, it is not far from Oxford Street tube.
Immediately upon being seated, a stand was delivered for the lady’s handbags! This caused much excitement in our group, as we had never in our lives had a stool for our bags! I had rushed out with my usual handbag, but wished I had changed it for the evening seeing my bag was getting such royal treatment. The photo is not very good due to the dim light, but it had great novelty value and set the tone for the service for the evening.
Now to the food!
Gluten free is not marked on the menu, however the waiter deftly described my options and provided me with a lovely and soft gluten free bread roll.
As you would expect in a fine dining restaurant, we were brought a selection of canapés and I had my own gluten free stand. The toppings were smoked salmon & caviar, beetroot purée and a flavoured cream cheese topped with dill, which were all lovely. In the mug was a parmesan foam with mushroom tea, which my husband described as ‘a taste sensation’!
We were also presented with a refreshing appetiser of crab with a radish salad.
For starters, I ordered the British Salad, which was comprised of gorgeous seasonal vegetables on top of a soft buffalo mozarella style cheese.
My main course was venison with beetroot, which as you can see was a very generous serve and cooked to perfection. (You can see a much better picture of this dish on their website.) With the red wine appeared another novelty item, this time in the form of a teapot style decanter!
The meal ended with a chocolate ganache with a beautifully hand made marshmellow and a gorgeous jelly, which all went fabulously together.
The cost of the meal was £15.50 for the entree and £32 for the main, which although expensive was well worth it. I had no part in choosing the wine, but that comprised a huge part of the bill, so I can only suggest you check the price before ordering!
If you would like the experience of Pollen Street Social without the price tag, there is a reasonably priced set menu at lunchtime. Please see the link for a lunchtime review by The Hungry Boyfriend.
I would highly recommend Pollen Street Social for a special occasion meal. For other ideas for a special night out, please see the links below.
8-10 Pollen Street, London W1S 1NQ Phone: 020 7290 7600
For more ideas on eating out gluten free in London and the UK, please check the following links:
- 100% Gluten Free UK page (including London)
- NOPI (fine dining)
- The Ledbury (fine dining, Notting Hill)
- Indigo at 1 Aldwych (feels like fine dining!)
- Summary of chains offering gluten free options
- London restaurant reviews
- Restaurant Lists page
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