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|Address:||67-77 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ|
|Tel:||020 7251 7950|
|Wine: £16.50||Champagne: £42.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-12M|
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We have just repatriated to the UK from Hungary, so are delighted to be staying in Smithfield, the ‘meat area’ of London. We felt a little deprived of steak when we were abroad. We came across Smiths of Smithfield walking along the street and decided to try it; it’s bound to have a menu bursting with meat choices we thought, we went to the 1st floor restaurant for our meal.
When we looked at the menu, we were shocked to see a restaurant in one of the most famous meat markets in the world, had one steak! My husband had the steak, I was not persuaded, besides I could try his.
The atmosphere was cold and there was no smell of food. Even when food arrived for other customers, it did not fill the air with that aroma that wets you appetite further as you wait for your own to arrive.
It was only after gazing around the restaurant and seeing piles of John Torode cookbooks for sale, that I asked the waitress if he owned the place. She replied yes. Being a fan of Master Chef, I asked her if he cooked here, she replied no, he is too busy! I am a little surprised at the demands he puts on the contestants when they are cooking on Master Chef, his menu could be a bit more adventurous!
Despite the great Eggs Benedict I had, I will not be going back. Not worth the money!