Steak Perfection at ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield
July 3, 2018
It’s no surprise that ‘Smiths’ of Smithfield prides itself on serving the highest quality meat – having stood opposite London’s most famous meat market for nearly 20 years. Now, after an extensive refurbishment, the Farringdon landmark – founded by MasterChef presenter John Torode – has opened its doors again. Set in a Grade II listed building, and spread over four floors, the idea is the higher you go, the more high-end the dining experience.
On the ground floor is Smiths Café and Bar, where you can get all day brunches, classic pub dishes and craft beers. You can also catch World Cup games in there if you’re quick! Floor one is home to cocktail bar Death + Victory. Classic British restaurant The Grill can be found on the second floor, while the fine dining No.3 Restaurant and Terrace, with rooftop views across London, has taken over the third floor.
We ate in The Grill – where the focus is on prime cuts of the best British meat. One of the first things we noticed, as we were shown to our booth seat, were the gigantic cuts of meat in the dry-ageing fridge. This is where the 28-day aged beef is chilled for a further 10 days once it arrives at the restaurant, before being cut into steaks by the chefs. As we knew we’d be tucking into all the meat for our main course, we opted for fish to start.
The seared Cornish scallops with smashed peas and lobster sauce (£11.50) were cooked to perfection – I’d even go as far to say they were the best scallops I’ve ever had! – but for me it would have worked better without the smoked bacon, as I didn’t think it added anything to the dish.
The cured Scottish salmon, served with warm bread and horseradish and beetroot relish (£9.50), also went down a treat. Then it was time for the pièce de résistance – the steaks! If you want to share, you can order a chateaubriand or cote de boeuf, which are priced by weight. I went for the 8oz Scotch fillet (£34) with chimichurri sauce. My friend had the 16oz Scotch ribeye (£36), which is served on the bone, with bone marrow and garlic butter sauce. Both were mouth-wateringly delicious and cooked as they should be.
All the steaks come with triple-cooked chips, and we added buttered greens on the side. Whatever you do, make sure you order a side of Mac ‘n’ Cheese (£4.50) – it was the best I’ve ever tasted!
Dessert was sticky toffee pudding and Snickers cheesecake (£6.50 each). Then we finished the evening off with a couple of cocktails (the Negronis were our favourite) on the rooftop terrace – the perfect end to a summer’s night.
We looked at the time and realised we’d been at Smiths for four hours! The food and service was so good, it only felt like half of that. It’s the kind of place you could spend an entire day working your way higher up the floors. In fact, we might just do that next time we go back!
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Katie Wilson