After much anticipation, Smith & Wollensky London has opened in the historic Grade II-listed Adelphi Building off the Strand. As the boutique steakhouse’s first opening outside of the US, with locations in cities such as New York and Miami, Londoners can expect the restaurant’s same brand of warm American hospitality that has made it much-loved Stateside together with a menu of signature USDA Prime dry-aged steaks alongside Scottish cuts, premium seafood, award-winning wines and classic cocktails.
The menu itself is a cut above the rest: USDA Prime steaks range from 21oz NY cut bone-in sirloin to 24oz Cajun marinated bone-in rib steak while British cuts include a 8oz/12oz premium Scottish fillet mignon served au poivre, gorgonzola-crusted or ‘oscar’ – piled-high with crabmeat, asparagus and hollandaise. Butcher’s specials – chalked up on a board, old-school style – vary regularly from T-bone steaks to a Porterhouse while other carnivorous choices include new season lamb chops, roasted rose veal chop and the signature Wollensky’s burger.
Set against a handsome backdrop of dark timber panelling, buttery green leathers and vibrant pops of red, the restaurant itself has been designed by interiors superstar Martin Brudnizki. Spread across two floors, discerning drinkers can choose between two destination bars – one up, one down – adorned with Art Deco tiling and glossy marble surfaces.
Diners, meanwhile can bag a seat in either of the two main dining areas: enjoy bright and breezy lunches with plenty of natural light pouring in through oversized windows upstairs or descend into the beautiful basement for sultrily-lit suppers. Also downstairs are three private dining rooms for stylish soirées and plush parties of up to 50, including the luxurious Teddy Roosevelt Room, which comes complete with its own bar and dedicated bartender.
From the glamorous reception through to the 1920s-inspired artworks on the walls, Smith & Wollensky evokes all the elegance and timeless appeal of the restaurant’s rich heritage across the pond while capturing the essence of the capital’s current dining scene.