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Smith & Wollensky
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The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St London WC2N 6HT UK
1-11 John Adam StreetGBLondonWC2N 6HT
+44 20 7321
$$$Restaurant, American Restaurant
American Restaurant
Fine Dining Restaurant
Steak House
Western Food
Today 12PM–12AM
Friday 12PM–12AMSaturday 12PM–12AMSunday 12–4:30PMMonday 12–11:30PMTuesday 12–11:30PMWednesday 12–11:30PMThursday 12–11:30PM
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Chophouse chain outpost serving prime steaks & seafood in a clubby, power-dining setting.- Google
"Amazing Steak/Food, impeccable service and great surroundings."
"On the menu, it sounded like a tasty dish."
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Götz Bürkle
10 months ago
Smith & Wollensky cooks exceptionally good steaks in a beautiful restaurant with great service and a good wine list. Smith & Wollensky off The Strand, just a short walk from Charing Cross station, is a stunning new steak restaurant, opened in 2015. It feels like a grand, classy place with big windows and a few mirrors which probably make it look bigger than it actually is. The music is nice and contributes to the good atmosphere at Smith & Wollensky. Service was excellent from the second I walked in. My waiter was great and I had a fiendly and interersting little conversation about wine and London restaurants with the sommelier from Portugal. I started the evening with a delicious Austrian Grüner Veltliner from 2013 produced by winemaker Ebner-Ebenauer. I think this was probably my favourite wine of the entire evening. After the Grüner Veltliner, I ordered a 2014 Picpoul de Pinet, Château de Pinet La Comtesse, from Languedoc in France. It was a good, smooth wine, but it did not have the interesting, lemony edginess and high acidity of the Grüner Veltliner. When talking about the different wines, I also got a taster of the 2014 "Southern Right" Sauvignon Blanc from Walker bay in South Africa. I thought it was nothing special, really. My final white wine was an American Risling, a 2013 Grace Lane from Yakima Valley in Washington State. A decent wine with the typical mineral notes and oily feel that makes a great Riesling. Unfortunately, it was a bit too sweet for me, maybe a bit like German Spätlese wines. Of course, I could not drink all those wines without any food. So I started with some bread. It was not outstanding, but a good start. I came with the idea to try their USDA steaks. But because the USDA cuts were only quite big portions, I settled instead for a Scottish beef fillet "au poivre". In short, that steak was a dream. The pepper crust added a beautiful spiciness that actually enhanced the flavour of the meat. The steak was medium-rare, perfectly pink, with a slightly buttery texture, it melted in the mouth. Truly, one of the beat steaks you can get in London. The peppercorn sauce was also full of flavour. Often I am a bit disappointed when I cannot find peppercorns in the sauce, this time I was happy with the taste despite the notable absence of peppercorns. As side, I had selected "thrice cooked chips". Besides the somewhat stupid name, they were very crunchy and absolutely delicious. More thin fries than thick-cut chips, these were just exactly how I want chips to be. I can imagine that some people might even fine them too crispy. As usual, I had most of the sauce with the chips, not the steak. And the peppercorn sauce went beautifully with the chips. I also tried the ketchup, which was alright. The mayo looked fresh and tasted great as well. For dessert I had the apple tart. On the menu, it sounded like a tasty dish. The puff pastry was a solid foundation and it came together nicely with the juicy apple. The vanilla ice cream was a good addition, but I would not have needed the salted caramel sauce at all. In fact, I think the dish would be better altogether without the salted caramel sauce. That aside, the pastry and the apple made a brilliant dessert. When I was about to wrap up my dinner, a friend decided spontaneously to meet me at the restaurant, so I ordered a cheese board and started looking at the red wines. The sommelier recommended a kind of strong, somewhat fruity and tasty Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend, the Viñas del Vero from Somontano in Spain. Then we moved on to a lighter red, the 2013 Pinot Noir Monterey Wine Co. Poppy frim Monterey in California. Another good recommendation by the sommelier. Altogether, I had a really good evening at Smith & Wollensky. The food was top-notch, the service was brilliant and I had an interesting conversation with the staff.
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