City Social

Rating: 9/10
Price: ££££

Tower 42 (recently renamed The Salesforce Tower) was once London’s tallest building. Standing at a ‘modest’ 181 metres tall, it is now overshadowed by newer neighbours like The Shard, Twentytwo and One Canada Square, but that doesn’t make this skyscraper any less of an attraction, for nestled on level 24 is City Social, the Michelin star restaurant from Jason Antherton. A British chef and restaurateur, Jason Antherton currently has six restaurants in London, one of which is City Social, where guests can enjoy a beautifully modern-British menu while soaking up panoramic views across the city.

The lift dings and we step out onto the 24th floor; bright lights are replaced by a soft glow, upbeat music is playing loudly in the bar to our right while on our left, in the restaurant, the atmosphere is calm, relaxed. There are a variety of tables available, from leather booths seating up to six people to tables of two – if you’re lucky enough, we recommend getting a table by the window.

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t read the online menu three times already and worked my way through the restaurant’s Instagram page ahead of my booking. I already knew I what I was ordering for my starter – in fact, I had already chosen for my fellow diner too (my brother).

As I pretended to read through my menu for the fourth time, the sommelier came over to introduce himself and help us make sense of the bible they called a wine list. He paired our starters of Orkney scallops and Lobster tortellini with a glass of chardonnay, which left wonderful notes of honey on the palate. To go with our mains of Duck breast and Veal, he recommended a bottle of Il Rosso Di Chiara, a 2014 red wine from Switzerland. Gutsy and bold, with ripe blueberries, black fruits, vanilla and spice, it was the perfect compliment to the dishes, which were executed with precision. The duck was served with a confit leg crepe and salsify, while the veal dish came with a side of veal stew and charred artichoke, which gave the whole dish a wonderful smokey flavour.

Dessert was another easy decision. Throughout our meal we had watched waiters bring out huge sharing Apple Tartan’s, which they prepared for diners at the table – of course we ordered this. An incredibly generous portion, the soft apple dessert was doused in a rich caramel sauce and served with a ball of vanilla ice cream – we didn’t leave a single bite. We finished our meal with a fresh mint tea, marvelling over the delicious food and stand out wine.
Tower 42,
25 Old Broad Street, 

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