American steaks and wines are on the menu in this new must visit, set just back off The Strand in the Adelphi building.
With an art deco, high end feel, Smith and Wollensky has to be added to your list of must visits if you like yourself a bit of meat.
With 9 restaurants in the States, this is the firs in the UK based in the historic Grade II-listed Adelphi Building.
At new Smith and Wollensky, as well as a very warm Stateside welcome you can expect menu of signature USDA Prime dry-aged steaks alongside Scottish cuts, premium seafood, award-winning wines and classic cocktails.
At the heart of every Smith & Wollensky is the dry-ageing process and London is no different with both a dry-ageing room and a butchery on-site for true field to fork traceability. Selected from the top 2% of beef in the US for its rich and even marbling, the USDA Prime is dry-aged for no less than 28 days to intensify flavour and increase tenderness for the very best steaks in London.
The menu itself is a cut above the rest: USDA Prime steaks range from 21oz NY cut bone-in sirloin to 24oz Cajun marinated bone-in rib steak while British cuts include a 8oz/12oz premium Scottish fillet mignon served au poivre, gorgonzola-crusted or ‘oscar’ – piled-high with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise. Butcher’s specials – chalked up on a board, old-school style – vary regularly from T-bone steaks to a Porterhouse while other carnivorous choices include new season lamb chops, roasted rose veal chop and the signature Wollensky’s burger.
The menu also offers an extensive selection of fish and seafood: herb-crusted tuna loin sits alongside ocean- fresh premium shellfish such as Cumbrae oysters, jumbo shrimp, whole Dorset crab to share and lobster. Try a signature shellfish platter to make the most of the coast: platters of varying sizes include the likes of lobster, crab, oysters and clams served over crushed ice. Sides are by no means sidelines, either – the buttermilk onion rings and truffled mac ‘n’ cheese to share are the stuff of legends.
Desserts, meanwhile, include a gigantic chocolate cake that will encourage even those with the strictest willpower to ditch the diet alongside similarly sweet treats such as New York-style cheesecake and fruit tart.
A great time to try S&W is on the weekends with their Bottomless Brunch... With Beef. An American steakhouse twist on brunch including a lobster BLT roll and a sirloin steak with two free-range hen eggs. The bottomless Sunday roast brings a choice of two or three courses with unlimited red and white wine; start with crispy salt and pepper squid followed by USDA Prime roast rib of beef, horseradish cream sauce and a Yorkshire pudding for main. A super Sunday by both British and American standards.
Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT
Smith & Wollensky