If you think you’ve had a top-notch piece of steak, I’d urge you to head to Smith & Wollensky, and compare your feed to one of their colossal cuts.
My friend and I were left silently in awe after a recent visit to the smart New York-styled spot, located off the Strand.
Our knifes sliced through our steaks with ease and the pink meat was dripping with flavour.
When our Greek waiter Spiros served up the giant hunks of beef I didn’t think I would manage the whole thing.
But it was all so delicious, I swiftly polished it off with my knife and fork making fast work.
I’d ordered a 680g Signature Bone-In Rib-Eye, while my friend had plumped for a ‘melt in the mouth’ USDA Fillet 280g. Both pieces of meat were almost as big as our dinner plates.
You could just order a steak alone, but we were recommended to round things off with a portion of Creamed Spinach, the famed Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheese and some Pan-Fried Mushrooms.
The sides were spot on, and the mac n’ cheese was a particular hit.
Before tucking into our fine feast, Smith & Wollensky’s operations director Nathan Evans took us on a behind-the-scenes tour.
The restaurant-pro led us through the 270-seat restaurant, from the ground floor level, to the basement and on to the private dining rooms.
Swathes of marble, dark wood, and emerald-coloured leather made for an appetizing combination. The warm lighting and low ceilings furthered the pleasing ambiance.
But the best bit of the tour was being shown around the kitchen.
Here, Evans explained how the steaks are cooked to perfection and bathed in beef fat to bring out extra flavour.
Apparently Tom Jones – who is a regular customer – likes his beef jus to be extra spicy.
Smith & Wollensky has a full-time butcher on site and the refrigerator holds more than £100,000 worth of cut up cow.
But it’s not just the beef which Smith & Wollensky is popular for, and its seafood also reels patrons in.
Before tucking into our steaks, my friend and I had a seafood platter to share.
The lobster claws were my favourite and the jumbo lump crabmeat was also a hit.
I washed everything down with a couple of vodka olive martinis, which were perfectly poured into nicely-sized cocktail glasses.
Meanwhile, my friend asked for the bartender to make him a drink with maple syrup and was served up a delicious concoction, similar to an old fashioned.
Nathan also advised us to try some of the wines, with a plentiful spread on the menu. The California Sanford Pinot Noir was the perfect match for our meaty morsels.
Positively fit to burst, the charismatic Spiros wouldn’t let us leave without a dessert.
Nathan informed us that the restaurant’s most Instagrammed menu item is the chocolate cake, so we decided to give it a go.
Its description reads: ‘Moist chocolate layer cake brushed with Baileys Irish Cream, chocolate mousse and covered with dark chocolate ganache.’
The slice that sailed our way was positively enormous, with six layers of sponge and butter filling leaving us feeling slightly defeated.
Topping things off, there was a cow-shaped biscuit presented on the side.
To prevent our trouser buttons from popping we requested a doggy bag.
The cake went down a storm the next day, with the wedge proving to be big enough to share with the whole family.
Smith & Wollensky in London was the first venue to open outside of America, where the original restaurant opened in uptown New York in 1977.
It’s said to be Warren Buffet’s favourite dining spot and it’s welcomed a host of other celebrities over the years.
Just be sure to go to Smith & Wollensky with an appetite as it adheres to American-sized portions.
You steak cravings are guaranteed to be satisfied until the cows come home…
Smith & Wollensky is located at The Adelphi Building, Covent Garden Riverside, 1-11 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6HT
To book a table visit www.smithandwollensky.co.uk or call 020 7321 6007