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‘Famous for fish’ & an Essex legend since 1958, Smith’s Brasserie is now peddling its piscine wares just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge (spectacular views guaranteed). Like its elder sibling
in Ongar, this outlet focuses on sustainable seafood, with a familiar, user-friendly menu that hauls in everything from sardines & scallops to salmon & skate. Lobsters & crabs also
figure prominently, alongside plates of deep-fried calamari with garlic mayo, monkfish meunière, & halibut steak with brown butter & capers. Meat eaters & veggies have their say with
the likes of roast rump of lamb or warm goats’ cheese on beetroot salad, while puds could feature Brit standbys such as Eton mess or Bakewell tart. Plenty of fish-friendly wines are on hand to seal
There’s nothing quite like eating seafood with a view of the sea, or in this case a tidal river. So on an unusually mild winter’s day I made my way to Wapping to Smith’s Brasserie of Tower Bridge to see if they deserve their motto “famous for fish”.Visiting with a large group I found the service very hospitable, and the dishes arrived with fairly good synchronization.On a Saturday they offer a very affordable set lunch menu, two courses for £19.50 with the option to add a third for £24.50.I tried the Tempura Tiger Prawns with Honey & Soy Dressing which was light and beautifully presented,...
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