Smith & Wollensky by the river a luxurious steak house to end all arguments
March 27, 2017
Smith & Wollensky has only been open a short while, but already it is making an impact on discerning diners who make special journeys to eat there, and it has achieved an enviable position within the top 350 restaurants in London on Trip Adviser, which is no mean feat.
The history of this fine dining venue is fascinating, the name of the restaurant came when the owner randomly selected surnames from a telephone directory, Smith and Wollensky, it was 1977 and presto the brand was born, the first restaurant opened that same year in New York. The flagship green and white building in New York was the springboard for a boutique collection of iconic locations across the US and as of June 2015, the very first restaurant outside of the US – located in the landmark Adelphi Building in London, opened.
Smith & Wollensky is primarily a steak restaurant, with the meat coming from America, but you may also enjoy a fine selection seafood dishes. Our table was great, banquet style, the ambience in the restaurant was relaxed and comfortable and the lighting just right, we could read the menu without using our phone torch!
The waiters were so passionate about how and where the produce came from and exactly how it was prepared and cooked. To start with my husband decided on the Ham Hock, which was flakey and succulent and I opted for the Wollensky’s Famous Split Pea Soup with Bacon, both dishes were simply divine. We then had a little digestive break, while we perused the menu again.
We decided we really needed to experience the steak, because it is rather special, it’s hand-cut in the in-house butchery and the USDA prime steaks are a rarity in the world of steakhouses; chosen from the top 2% and hand selected for rich even marbling. The USDA Prime beef is enhanced through a careful dry-ageing process for 28 days, intensifying the flavour and tenderness. So that was it, we really couldn’t choose anything else.
We chose a Rib-eye and a Fillet steak for our main course, with a fabulous selection of vegetables and french fries and a peppercorn sauce on the side for my husband and just as it comes for me, both medium rare. My oh my, I don’t think I can ever eat steak anywhere else, ever, both steaks were perfectly cooked and just a little pink. You know when a dish is sooo good that even though you’re completely full and satisfied, you just want to eat it all over again? That’s how we both felt after our delicious steaks, they were so tender and tasty, mouth- wateringly delectable. We could have chosen a fish dish, such as Pan-Roasted Scottish Salmon with sautéed spinach and hollandaise or Herb Crusted Yellowfin Tuna Loin with French bean salad and roasted tomato vinaigrette, which looked equally as delicious.
What a way to complete such a fab dining experience, the dessert menu was awesome, we both would love to have had a spoonful of each! But not wanting to appear too glutenous we shared the New York Style Cheesecake, a creamy and traditional New York cheesecake with a sweet graham cracker crust, served with a raspberry coulis and a Sticky Toffee Pudding served with a rich toffee sauce and custard, and of course coffee. Indulgent, yummy and fit for a king, absolutely scrumptious.
Smith & Wollensky is a fabulous restaurant and offers a multitude of dining options, a from Mother’s day to Pre Theatre menu, Lunch and Brunch menus. There are also options for private dining, catering to your every whim, whether it be a business presentation or a special birthday party, large or small.
Next time you find yourself in America, have a little look to see if there is a Smith & Wollensky restaurant in the vicinity, they are in Boston Atlantic Wharf, Boston Back Bay, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami Beach and New York, all of them have a similar ambience, Art Deco style.
A: The Adelphi Building, Covent Garden Riverside, 1-11 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6HT
W: Smith & Wollensky