Set in the iconic Adelphi building in John Adam Street, Smith & Wollensky is located right in the heart of London within touching distance of the Strand, but just set back enough to escape the hurly burly of London life.
This gentler setting however belies the experience on entering
the restaurant itself, where you immediately sense a difference from other restaurants. Maybe it is the music (lively without being too loud), or the staff who provide an American-feel service (swift and efficient, while at the same time friendly and informal) or perhaps the décor, which is a stunning example of art deco and a feast for the eyes, or maybe it is a mixture of all of the above. As one enters the restaurant one senses a real energy and you know you are going to enjoy your visit.
I was particularly excited about coming to a restaurant that promised me American style steaks, and having heard of the legendary 1kg Tomahawk, was determined to give it a go. Warned that it was really meant for sharing, which was never going to happen, I had to plan my meal carefully.
The famous Split pea soup with ham was full of flavour and texture
(my colleague enjoyed the Goat’s cheese and walnuts). And then the Tomahawk. Worries that I had bitten off more than I could chew were soon proving unfounded as the texture was so superb that not too much chewing was required. Normally I would try to steal some of my colleague’s Signature sausage but I had to pace myself. There was, after all, still pudding to come. And this is where I met my Waterloo. How could one turn down Gigantic Chocolate cake? It was indeed gigantic and wonderfully chocolaty without being even slightly heavy.
For all fellow steakies out there, I whole-heartedly recommend Smith & Wollensky and can’t wait to give the Tomahawk another go. For non- steakies, there is a full and varied menu that should please all. My friends and I have been promising ourselves a nice steak evening. I now have the venue.
Smith & Wollensky,
Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street
Food Reviews at Smith & Wollensky by Mark Hopkins