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|Address:||26 Smithfield Street, London EC1A 9LB|
|Tel:||020 3544 0681|
|Price: £49.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £59.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Thurs-Sat -2am) Sun 9am-5pm|
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We went on a Tuesday early evening so I wasn't expecting buzzing atmosphere. The place is pretty, grown up and quite civilised, jazzy music playing in the background. Even though we were late for our table, they asked if we wanted to get a drink at the bar first, which we refused (in retrospect that was a good move as they needed the table back for 8.30pm) and we were lead upstairs to the restaurant.
Being only 6.30pm, it was empty but for the waiters. The menu reads well, it's Brit but not very exciting. The wine by the glass selection is a bit short.
As we waited for our starters, we were given a wonderful loaf of bread to share and a disc of butter but no plate. Now I don't mind it much but I got used to it in other restaurants and it felt a bit strange to use my starter knife to butter my bread whilst spreading crumbs all over the table. However tasty it was.
My started of asparagus and hollandaise sauce was truly morish and came sprinkled with flowers. I could have ordered another one to make it my main. The warm hollandaise was light and creamy and full of flavour.
The Pork belly and cockles main looked amazing but, to my taste, was lacking in salt and maybe in flavour a little. A couldn't get any “sea” taste.
desserts looked pretty, again sprinkled with flowers.
All together it was a nice meal, maybe a pleasant place where to focus more on the conversation than on the food.
Ps : No one came to clear our table of crumbs and I wouldn't have expected any different if we had had plates coming with the bread.