As steak lovers, we are always happy to hear of new additions and the news of iconic American export Smith & Wollensky arriving in London is especially pleasing. Set within the Grade II-listed Art Deco Adelphi Building just off the Strand, the venue transports diners back to the glamour of the roaring twenties amidst green leathers, vibrant reds and dark woods. Following the boutique steakhouse brand’s hotly-anticipated opening in June, Smith & Wollensky have just launched a brand new brunch and bottomless Sunday roast offering. Diners can enjoy endless fine wine when ordering a two- or three-course roast. We went along to check this reputable steak joint out with the intention of sampling either the roast or brunch offering…
On arrival we are greeted by the welcoming hosts and settle ourselves into one of the comfy leather booths we are led to. Bartender Ernest welcomes us and greets us with his ‘chef’ special cocktail, a Pretty Italy (a delicious alternative to Aperol Spritz) and a prosecco chaser just because we mentioned we love prosecco (we love his style, we love this place already!).
Ivan our friendly and knowledgeable waiter takes our order and manages to convince us to try their famous Smith & Wollensky 24oz bone on rib-eye (to be fair it’s all we ever want so we didn’t really need convincing) from the a la carte menu instead of the brunch menu. We start with a Burrata and tomato salad, a great intro into our food journey and the cheese is beautifully creamy and the tomatoes very fresh. An amuse bouche of red peppers and anchovies follows next. This surprisingly tasty treat is a great palate cleanser and we hadn’t expected it to be cold or taste like a sorbet.
Next to follow is the main event itself, 24 oz rib-eye. Happy as we are about the half cow on our plates we are also a little concerned we won’t manage it all. Clearly we’ve under estimated our steak eating potential! The steak is cooked to perfection and the signature Smith & Wollensky special sauce is a great complement though not entirely necessary, as the meat is so tender, juicy and flavoursome it doesn’t need it. Sides are a delicious mix of healthy sautéed spinach and creamy whipped potatoes (not so healthy).
Ivan offered us dessert and though we were massively tempted by the gigantic chocolate cake we decide to quit whilst we are ahead and savour the steaky goodness we had just consumed. Instead we opt for a dessert wine (a delicious muscat) to get our sugar fix.
For those that are interested in the Sunday offerings:
You can enjoy a two- (£38) or three- (£48) course lunch with a welcome Bloody Mary or Breakfast Martini together with unlimited red (£50) or white wine (£60) either in the bright and light ground-floor dining room or in the sultrily-lit restaurant downstairs (doesn’t apply for dinner; last orders 8pm).
Starters include Wollenksy’s famous split pea soup, yellowfin tuna tartare, and chicken and duck liver parfait; while mains range from the signature prime USDA roast rib of beef or weekly-changing roast of the day to free-range lemon pepper chicken and pan-roasted organic salmon. Sides are by now mean sidelines, with piles of duck-fat roast potatoes, while things get decidedly decadent with desserts like New York style cheesecake and fruit tart encased in a buttery crust. Luckily, unlimited coffee and herbal tea is also included when ordering three courses, perfect for sobering up heavy heads!
Beef For Brunch
The new Sunday service also includes brunch from midday until 3pm with beautiful breakfast-y dishes such as eggs benedict, braised beef hash and poached eggs, or sirloin steak (14oz) with two free-range eggs. A kickstart to any lazy Sunday!
Whatever you go for it’s likely to be a hit. Londoners, get ready to tuck into Smith & Wollensky’s – this new kid in town will give the rest a run for their money.
Book your table here, you won’t be disappointed!