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PAUSE EATS: Smith & Wollensky

July 20, 2017





American dining at its finest.

Let’s be honest, when you think of American cuisine there’s few of us who don’t immediately visualise the globally recognised golden arches. Our stateside counterparts are renowned for their addictively tasty, waist widening whoppers and portion sizes that could put an MMA fighter into a carb induced coma.

Since June 2015, Smith & Wollensky have been challenging this stereotype with their first opening outside of the USA. Set in the historic Grade II-listed Adelphi Building just off the strand, the boutique steakhouse takes the foundations of American cuisine and blends it with 20s art deco glamour, stellar service and a mouthwatering menu of signature USDA Prime dry-aged steaks alongside Scottish cuts, premium seafood, award-winning wines and classic cocktails.

While Smith & Wollensky’s Sunday brunch menu is packed full of mouth watering options such as the lobster mango salad, smoked salmon omelette and truffled mac & cheese, it’s the sumptuous selection of steaks that really shine. With their own on-site butchery and dry ageing room, their beef is hung, aged and cut daily to meet demand – a league of its own compared to many of the capital’s counterparts.

Selected from the top 2% of beef in the America, USDA Prime steaks range from Kansas city cut bone-in sirloin to a whopping 700g T-bone. A little closer to home, they also offer an enticing selection of British and Irish and cuts such as their popular 400g rib-eye which has been hand selected by John Stone Beef. If you’re not up to scratch on your meat terminology, trust me when I say – the quality of meat is genuinely some of the best in the city, if not the UK.

No Sunday brunch is complete without a few tipples and Smith & Wollensky’s beverage manager, Scott Levy, has ensured their selection of fine wines and cocktails is right on par with the first-rate food options. Alongside a host of American, new world and old guard wines, a healthy selection of bloody marys will keep you on your toes after a late Saturday night on the town.

Complimenting their substantial Sunday brunch offering, the steakhouse offers a similarly stellar lunch and dinner menu seven days a week alongside catering to events of any size with a number of private dining rooms. Fancy throwing a Great Gatsby themed party? There’s likely no better location in the city. With a number of television and film shows, including Emmy nominated ‘The Crown’, having used the location for filming – you really couldn’t be in better company.

Where: The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT

For further information visit Smith & Wollensky’s official website.

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