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|Address:||105 Strand, London WC2R 0AA|
|Tel:||020 3641 9310|
|Price: £41.00||Wine: £17.95||Champagne: £47.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10pm)|
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Of those 4 places I visited this week, Smollensky's was the one with little, if any, expectations from me. I recalled having had diner there several years ago with some colleagues but that was it – nothing particular to remember. And 90 minutes later Smollensky's became the place I left being the most satisfied, by far, out of those 4 visits.
Upon arrival, my first contact was not really good: no reservation at my name, although I did receive confirmation from squaremeal that a table was booked for me. Finding a table was not an issue as many were empty, and getting Smollensky's to agree on the meal discount was no issue at all equally as I showed the confirmation email I received to their manager. And was granted 50% discount on their entire menu… Nice surprise!
As a starter I went for the scallops. And these were simply delicious!!! Cooked to perfection, plate being dressed with mashed peas and a few grilled thin slices of bacon. Nice to look at and great to eat! I then had Jambalaya as main course, a souvenir of some great dishes I enjoyed in the US many years ago. I was initially surprised to see that the rice came separated from the rest (chorizo and cray fish) but really enjoyed eating the entire plate. Intense flavours, spicy bot not too much, hot again to perfection. A real pleasure.
I did not feel like going for desert so it all ended there. To add to what was said already, the wine list was very good and prices were not extravagant for once.
No doubt that I will come back…