On a Friday night there is nothing better than indulging yourself with a big juicy meaty steak and some cocktails, and well that’s exactly what I did.
After being invited to the launch of ‘SMITHS’ a couple of weeks ago, I was eager to try out dinner in the new restaurant on the First Floor, so Danny and I headed to Spitalfields to satisfy our steak curiosity. The Dining Room menu offers the best of British free-range and additive free meat, with a selection of grilled options including South Devon Rib-eye steak, Rare Breed Beef Burgers, Grilled Lamb and Venison Burgers. My mouth was watering already!
To begin we ordered a glass of French Sauvignon Blanc and also Malbec Classico. These are moderately priced at 8-10 pounds for a large glass. For starters the options depend on whether you prefer something cold or something hot. To get your juices flowing, here are some examples, Cold – Thai Beef Salad and Smoked Salmon, Hot – Lucky Squid and Chicken & Prawn Spring Rolls. I decided to have the ‘Salt Cod Fritters with Parsley and Lemon Mayo’ which were delicious and not too filling, Danny tried the ‘Chicken Liver Parfait, with Apple & Pear Chutney, Cornichon and Toast.’
The slogan behind ‘SMITHS’ has been ‘the cow is coming’ so I couldn’t not try the beef. Given they don’t do my favourite cut sirloin I decided to try something a little different and went for the Rump, I had it cooked medium to which it was and tasted really good. The only thing is with this cut there is a bit more fat which I’m not too much a fan of, but that aside, it was a lovely cooked piece of meat. The rump came with chips and also I added on peppercorn sauce. For extras you can also add-on ‘BOB’ beer battered Onion Rings, which sounded great. Danny for main had the Indian spiced chicken with yoghurt, shaved cucumber salad and flat bread which was flavourful and very filling and there was definitely plenty of chicken on that plate.
No matter how full I am, I can always find room for dessert. My eye was instantly drawn to the Passionfruit Cheesecake with Mango Salsa, I love anything passionfruit so this had to be done and I wasn’t disappointed, it was very tangy mixed with the cheese of the cheesecake, lovely. The ice-cream selection came with a shortbread biscuit which then leaded to me buying shortcake on the way home. All washed down with a cocktail – Mojito of course, which was perfect. I can be very funny about my Mojitos, some places just can’t get it right, how can they not!? But this definitely met my standards.
Please note ‘SMITHS’ is based in Spitalfields, not to be confused with ‘Smith of Smithfields‘ which is based in Farringdon, or you could end up on the wrong night out!