The very popular Smiths of Smithfield or SOS has expanded into Spitalfields and a friend and I were invited for the opening last week. The Spitalfields restaurant is located on Commercial Street with outdoor seating looking out onto Spitalfield Market. The restaurant which offers 'the best of British food' is set across four floors. There is a Private Loft that can be hired for private diners, meetings and parties. The 1st Floor Dining Room is open for all day dining, but also serves breakfast on the weekends.
We were greeted in the ground floor cafe bar with a very much needed glass of refreshing prosecco which mysteriously seemed to stay filled to the top. As we sat down at one of the tables in the ground floor cafe bar, trays of canapes carried by friendly waiters and waitresses suddenly appeared. We sampled crunchy salt beef croquettes, a creamy salmon mouse on toast, succulent pork belly. There were spoons filled with a fiery broccoli and squid, a crispy Thai beef and bean sprout salad wrapped in lettuce and a medley of mushrooms on toast. Needless to say that these all went down very well.
Then we were ushered to the first floor dining room for a butchery workshop where one of the chefs showed us how he handles and cuts premium pieces of beef before they end up on your plate. This display certainly wasn't for veggies or the faint and heart, but the cuts of beef sure tasted great when they came off the grill afterwards.
The final piece of entertainment of the night was located in the basement bar where the bar was littered with fruity gin martinis and the mood was set with sultry jazz. We sat back and enjoyed the music while sipping on our Martinez and Jazz Time martinis and nibbling on a moist mini brownie. If this evening was anything to go by of the standard of food and service, then I will certainly be back for more.