Social Wine and Tapas, Marlyebone

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Jason Atherton’s new restaurant opening meant one thing: a blogging ladies meet up was required, and as Catherine works in the area, it was the natural choice of restaurant for Catherine, Zoe and I to finally meet. New restaurant and new meetings? I wasn’t going to let the tube strike stop me getting there!

As you might have guessed from the name, Social Wine and Tapas specializes in two things: good wine and great tapas. It was safe to say we weren’t going to be going hungry that night – the menu was literally bursting with dishes that we wanted to try. 
Sharing style, we ordered a selection of dishes to share and try between us (essentially a blogger’s delight and what we had done at Oka as well). The dishes were brought out when they were ready which was great as I hate the idea of food sitting, waiting. 
The first to arrive were these incredible ham croquettes: delicious, mouth sized crunches bursting with flavour. I particularly loved the salty texture on the outside.

There’s a whole section of the menu devoted to eggs (oh yeah, I’m serious) and we couldn’t resist the sound of the Spanish breakfast eggs with patatas bravas and chorizo. I’m so glad we ended up ordering this as it was one of my favourite dishes of the night – it’s one of my must order dishes for this restaurant.

The other dish we ordered from the egg section was the pan-fried duck egg, confit leg and cassoulet. Catherine and I were really excited about this dish, but frankly we were all very underwhelmed. I thought the egg was overcooked and that the duck was fairly tasteless. I wouldn’t order it again, but it certainly wouldn’t put me off returning to the restaurant.

Okay, so I’m meant to be all healthy eating and all pre-Croatia so I felt the need to order some sort of vegetables or salad and when I saw the heirloom tomato salad, truffle burrata, basil and gazpacho vinagrette, I knew it was going to be a good one.

The tomatoes are divine, and the burrata just tops it all off. Deee-licious

The next dish really cleared the tastebuds, was zingy, fresh and really beautiful: the raw Orkney scallop (served ceviche style) with yuzu, radish and cucumber. I just wished there had been a little more of this dish as it was fairly small – top tip, order more than one of these!

Just look at it!

You might think that coming to a beautiful restaurant and ordering a toastie is a little strange – but this is one toastie that needs to be eaten: jamon, manchego and quail’s egg. Oh yeah. It’s all of the good things in one place!

It might just be the best toastie I’ve ever had (apart from the ones my mum makes – duh!)

Not feeling that we had quite ordered enough we opted for the Norfolk suckling pig, roasted pineapple and sherry caramel. This was absolutely divine: beautifully crisp on the outside, with hot, succulent meat in the middle. 

Really quite incredible and another must order for you.

I loved the interior of the restaurant – it’s a really cool set up, with a great atmosphere. If you’re in a party of two you can easily sit at the bar, or there are tables for parties of more than two. I didn’t get the chance to nip downstairs but the others said it was a really great space. 

So I won’t lie, we weren’t full at this point. As in, were still quite hungry. So what were we to do? Order more dishes..! We opted for the rose veal & foie gras burgers with pulled pork, avocado and pickled cucumber.

Not very lady-like to eat, and I maybe wouldn’t recommend eating these on a first date, but on any other occasion – order these. 

The meat is deliciously tender and the avocado spread is divine. I could have eaten that all night!

Feeling as though it would be rude to leave without ordering dessert we picked a dessert each – there was to be no sharing this time round! 
The lovely Zoe opted for the chocolate tart with Madagascan vanilla ice cream. It looked wonderful, and since there was a total silence around the table, I’m guessing it was as good as it looked!

Catherine ordered the Crème catalana with orange: I loved how this dish was presented and it looked absolutely glorious!

Me, well, I’m still a kid at heart and couldn’t resist the option of the roast milk soft serve!

Raspberry and chocolate sauce to drizzle all over my creation – I really let loose on this one!

A true work of art, don’t you think?

I had a really lovely evening meeting these ladies and hearing all about what they’ve been up to and where they’re going from here. There are a fair few exciting things going on in their lives and I can’t wait to see what these incredible ladies get up to in the future. Meeting incredible people really is one of the best things about blogging. Till next time gals!

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