Smiths of Smithfield – City EC1

Simple food from the finest ingredients

Smiths’ priority is “to serve simple food made from the finest ingredients, served in a friendly way in a relaxed atmosphere”. They’re right on track as far as I can tell.

On our visit to the Spitalfields branch a few Friday evenings ago (which has since closed), we were warmly welcomed and shown up to the top floor. Every floor was packed and waiting staff were rushed off their feet but remained efficient and friendly throughout.

Our party of three chose a sharing board starter @ £17.50 – an interesting selection of tasters (from cured meats to grilled vegetables, to prawns and salmon to ham hock terrine and celeriac remoulade). Why this selection was put together as a sharing platter I’m not sure, as – although it tasted great – it was awkward and messy to pick at and share.

 

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Sharing board starter – house smoked salmon, ham hock terrine, celeriac remoulade, tempura tiger prawns, cured meats & grilled vegetable antipasti

 

We had a bottle (or two) of Prosecco at £29.00 a bottle, and for main course R and S both ordered slow roast pork belly with mash and green sauce @ £16.00 (with gorgeous crunchy crackling) and sweet potato chips @ £4.50, while I had roast stone bass with herb roasted potatoes, courgettes and fennel cream @ £14.50 and a portion of mushrooms @ £4.00.

 

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Slow roast pork belly – with mash + green sauce

 

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Roast stone bass – with herb roasted potatoes and courgettes

 

We were full. But given it was a Friday night and we were unwinding at the end of the working week, we couldn’t resist a dessert. Between the three of us we shared a sticky toffee pudding @ £6.50 (so good) and a peach melba @ £6.50 (nice enough).

 

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Sticky toffee pudding

 

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Peach melba @ £6.50
 

The verdict: Great simple, traditional British food (done fancy) with good service too. Informal style. Book ahead as it gets extremely busy (unsurprisingly).

 

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: British, international
~ Address: Spitalfields branch has closed down; Farringdon branch remains
~ Website + menus: Smiths website
~ Photos on flickr: Smiths images

 
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