London Steak Boyz meeting No.7 took place in April 2017 at the world renowned U.S import, Smith and Wollensky just off strand street.
With open bay windows allowing us to peer into the venue as we walked by, the sense of excitement. The traditionally dressed doorman opens the doors to allow the full group in to be seated by the ‘on-point’ hosts. The decor was well appointed, stylish with modern and art deco influences and our 8-seater table was spacious with engraved steak knives as part of the placing, the boyz knew it was on. It wasn’t going to be cheap, but it was definitely on.
The menu included a variety of seafood dishes, but there was no denying that it was a steak restaurant first. There was an excellent selection of USDA prime and Irish cuts including Sirloin, Rib-eye, Fillet, T-Bone and Tomahawk all standard on the menu. There were no additional cuts on special that evening.
For starters, the boyz went surf and turf, ordering a seafood platter of Lobster, Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Jumbo Shrimp, Carlingford Oysters & Amandes Clams paired with multiple sauces, alongside two main meat dishes namely a 400g Rib-eye and 400g fillet. Everything arrived quickly and was delicious.
After making a couple trips outside, a number of boyz spotted a 3-top with 680g bone-in rib-eye’s each at their table and word quickly spread that despite the size and price, it had to be done. Unfortunately other members of the group were not paying enough attention and diverged from the game plan with a couple 400g Rib-eyes and an Irish Strip steak being order instead. All were medium rare as standard.
When the steaks arrived there were all exceptional, except for one with the bone-in rib-eye exceeding expectations and the Irish strip steak leaving a lot to be desired as leftover looked stringy and to charred in places. The sides were tasty sides and included mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, creamed spinach and various sources arriving at the table separately.
Service was a mixed bag with two waiters serving us at different times, which created some confusion with the orders. In addition, the waiter notified us that they were out of bread only for bread to arrive during starters. Drinks flowed regularly and food arrived in a timely manner and was cooked to perfection, except for the Strip Steak.
If you looking for a large and delicious bone-in Rib-eye and don’t mind paying for it then our recommendation is to skip the starters and sides and go straight to this beautiful cut of meat, unless you are in the mood for a surf and turf.
Steak – 8.1
Sides – 2.8
Value – 3.1
Service – 2.2
Ambiance - 3.9
Overall – 6.6
Smith and Wollensky
The Adelphi Building
Covent Garden Riverside
1-11 John Adam St
Phone 020 7321 6007