Little Social Mayfair

Due to Little Social’s head chef being Canadian, the restaurant hosts a quarterly pop up celebrating all things Canadian, from Arcade Fire to Maple syrup. I kind of wish Little Social was like that all the time but perhaps part of the allure of the Canadian themed pop up is that it’s like Christmas but with plaid. They really go all out on the decor which utterly charms me because I like nothing more than a very up market theme restaurant. (See also my glowing reviews for Plaquemine Lock and Dishoom for further evidence.)

The service at Little Social is warm and attentive plus they’ve got a great cocktail menu. The space itself is long and thin in that continental European sort of way and the place is very cozy without feeling like you’re sitting in the lap of the diner next to you. We were seated at the very back of the restaurant to keep the buggy out of harms way and the further in you venture, the darker the restaurant becomes. If you’re on a date, this is a deeply appealing level of light. If you’re a food blogger out to lunch on a gloomy day with your Mother, then she’ll need help to read the menu and your photos will come out badly. (It’s worth noting that I don’t think restaurants should become more accommodating of food bloggers and more an admission that the photos are a little poorer than usual in this post. I still have much to learn.)

What’s good? Given this is a family friendly blog, please excuse the tirade of expletives you’re about to read. THE POUTINE WAS SO FUCKING GOOD. Fuck me. The last time I had real poutine was in a diner in Montreal with a bunch of students from McGill which I promptly fell asleep in because I was hella drunk. This poutine took the previous memory I had of poutine and turned poutine into an hallucinogenic. The sausage and the gravy and the maple syrup and the cheese curd. Fuuuuck. We were also quite delighted by the creamed corn and the beaver’s tail but everyting was lovely. If you plan to visit Little Social before next Canada day, the regular menu reads very well also.

Kid friendly? C’est tiguidou!

✗baby change facilities – there is an accessible loo though

✓highchairs available

✓cool with breastfeeding

✗loads of other parents

✓space for buggies

✗children’s menu

✗toys/play area

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