We were a little concerned when the table seated next to us got up to leave before even ordering; what did this mean? Only that they had come in thinking it was Smith's of Smithfield. If I had been brave enough, I would have urged them to stay; having eaten at both, the food at the Bar & Grill is much better value for money.
The restaurant is at the back and was relatively quiet last night, just a few other couples and a large but restrained group of men. Huge black leather banquettes encircle the room, the dark walls lined with mirrors and bling-esque chanderliers hanging from the ceiling. While this is a meat place, there are plenty of fish and veggie dishes but there is little doubt that you come here for the red meat. Starters arrived promptly; fried calamari and garlic roasted mushrooms were generous and nicely seasoned. The rib-eye was cooked perfectly and well-sized, accompanied by rather moreish chunky chips. In the mood for something a little lighter, I opted for the seafood skewer; tasty but sadly, a little overcooked. Too full for dessert (which, on sight, looked pretty good), we finished the meal with a couple of cocktails which were up to standard. The drinks list is huge and we could have happily removed ourselves to the bar for further refreshment but for the prices, albeit pretty standard for London! Overall, it isn't cheap here (mains mostly in the £10-20 bracket) but where in London can you get a decent steak for less than that? If you sign up as a member on their website, there are often discounts on offer which does make this place an attractive and moderately priced option for a Saturday night out.