The brother of mrs maytrees and a Malaysian consultant medic who currently works in the NHS Birmingham, came down from Birmingham to join mrs maytrees maytrees min and myself for 1pm lunch at the Pollen Street Social - Pollen Street London W1.
Finding the Pollen Street Social ("PSS") is slightly difficult as the street is not only little more than an alleyway in London's Mayfair district, but the alley also happened to be closed for engineering works although there was room - just - for pedestrians to walk through to the restaurant. Maytrees min however simply used her iPhone to guide us easily from Oxford Circus Underground station to PSS (5 minute walk).
PSS is relaxed about its diners' attire and the restaurant was full at lunch time essentially meaning that reservations are essential. Mostly the diners were rather younger and trendier than yours truly, but the whole atmosphere was uplifting.
I will not detail all 5 of the selections we made. but mainly mention my own, other than the sweet chosen by mrs maytrees.
The PSS had an exotic non alcoholic aperitif menu as well as for alcoholic drinks. I chose a delicious green lemonade made with kiwi fruit lemon and limes. The wine chosen with the lunch was Pouilly-Fuisse which we all enjoyed.
For starters, mine was a Paignton Harbour crab salad, apple, coriander, lemon puree and brown crab on toast.
The main course I chose, was roasted red legged partridge, mulled beetroots, mushrooms & innards pearl barley, beetroot & mead reduction.
Mrs maytrees' sweet course comprised a delicious black currant Eton mess which was so tasty that maytrees min who had requested an extra spoon, ate almost as much as her mother whose dessert it was supposed to be.
Between courses several small contrasting tasters were provided which proved very appetising.
Coffee (Pouchong green tea for me) was accompanied by many different sweet delights.
We were not rushed and indeed did not finish dining until about 4pm.
Overall a great way to meet and dine together. Slightly pricey though so really for a special occasion such as in our case a family reunion for mrs maytrees.
I decided to take a longer walk back to Green Park Tube (about 15 minutes away) and was impressed by the number of people obviously enjoying themselves, passed on the way to the station. Maytrees min and mrs maytrees needing less exercise than I, decided to take an Uber home but the tube and train were rather faster, for I arrived home despite walking to Green Park and from Wimbledon Station, well ahead of the Uber.