The Commune Social
It’s tempting to compare the seemingly meteoric career trajectory of chef Jason Atherton to that of his former boss and industry titan Gordon Ramsay, and if the opening of his latest offering in Shanghai is anything to go by, that trajectory shows no sign of arc-ing in the foreseeable future.
Since the launch of his immensely popular Pollen Street Social restaurant and bar in London in April 2011, the subsequent two years have seen the opening of no less than 6 new enterprises including tapas bar Esquina and Brit bistro Keong Saik Snacks in Singapore, as well as Social Eating House and Little Social in London, and the wildly popular 22 Ships
in Hong Kong.
The Commune Social marks the next step in Atherton’s tapas domination of Asia with a triple-threat line-up of executive chef Scott Melvin, dessert supremo Kim Lyle and craft cocktail bar guru Rashid Ghuloom.
Following the tried and true formula of gastro bites in stylish but relaxed surrounds, the Neri & Hu-designed monochrome space of white tiles and industrial light fittings is the perfect complement to the electro groove soundtrack and small sharing plates that include sea urchin and pepper butter on ciabatta, salt and pepper squid dusted with crushed sichuan peppercorn, and miso grilled mackerel topped with cucumber cubes, wasabi avocado mousse. Social enterprise never tasted so good!