Located down the road from the famed Fabric nightclub and Smithfield market in Farringdon, Smiths of Smithfield is a restaurant and bar that has recently undergone a massive redevelopment.
It lives in a Grade II-listed building and covers four distinct floors, each one built around the differing needs of a diner. The first two floors house the cafe and beautifully designed cocktail bar. Moving up to to the third floor you walk into The Grill. This serves up classic prime cuts of meat presented in an imposing glass fridge next to the kitchen. But take the lift all the way to the fourth floor to find No.3 restaurant and you’re in for a treat.
This top-floor eatery is expansive; a seated balcony sprawls out from the inside through huge sliding doors. You are presented with views of the city including familiar landmarks such as St Paul's cathedral among others. The decor is modern and clean with no fuss. With the doors open on a summer’s day you could almost feel like you are sat outside; a perfect relaxed spot for either business lunches or casual dining.
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What was probably the highlight of my visit was what was served up first. A glorious Gala pork pie with beer pickled vegetables, tangy piccalilli and runny egg that lay perfectly in the middle. Alongside this, the fresh asparagus with duck egg and shaved truffle didn’t disappoint.
If the beautifully cooked rare sirloin steak was an indication of what is going on downstairs, I’ll definitely be back to try The Grill restaurant. Served up with triple-cooked chips it was a classic delivered to perfection. The chargrilled pork chop unfortunately didn’t quite hit the spot and was overpowered by the accomplying squid. Avoid this one.
To wrap things up a rich and dark chocolate ganache served with caramel popcorn and honeycomb crumb hit the spot though. Alongside this a delicate egg custard tart layered with strawberries, a clotted cream quenelle with pistachios was light and on point.
Service was slick and attentive throughout, and with a large drinks menu that should cater for all tastes, Smiths of Smithfield has something for everyone.
Smiths of Smithfield No.3, London EC1M. Opening times vary through the week. Prices range by floor. smithsofsmithfield.co.uk
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