Hello & Hallo,
To celebrate my London anniversary on Friday I had dinner with a friend at the The Smokehouse Islington. You have to spoil yourself sometimes!
This restaurant has a lovely little garden with little fairy lights in the hedges…must be perfect in summer! The restaurant itself is centred around a bar and resembles with its dark wood panelled walls & wooden floor a country pub – very gemütlich (cosy)!
The service was very attentive and the waiter friendly and happy to offer advice. As a starter I had the chopped brisket roll & gochujang. For the main I ordered the short rib bourguignon and I also ordered a side salad and some caramel roast potatoes. As a desert I ordered the banana French toast (recommended by the waiter).
The brisket roll was a bit like a beef croquette – melt in your mouth beef covered with a crispy I guess bread crumb batter. The gochujang was a spicy red pepper flavoured sauce which was a great addition to the beef.
The main was amazing! The beef shortrib almost fell of the bone and melted in your mouth. With the gravy and the masked potatoes this was perfect! The side salad was underwhelming and the design not great. The caramel roast potatoes were very crunchy and a bit too sweet for my taste but the name should have been an indicator for that.
The desert consisted of a not too sweet slice of French toast, a scope of ice-cream (coffee I think), a caramelised banana and caramelised pecan nuts. It nice was overall too heavy after the starter and the main. Next time I think I would get the Raspberry & hazelnut semifreddo or the Smoked strawberries with cream cheese mousse which were also on the menu.
The menu is very beef & pork focused and not the best place for a vegetarian (even though there are a few vegetarian options). The food was good but a bit heavy. I felt absolutely stuffed until the next evening.
Overall, the evening was very nice! The outside space must be fantastic in summer. I would definitely come back for the main but would choose a different dessert next time. …it is always good to have a reason to return!
Bye & Tschüss,
P.S.: If you want to go book a table! The place gets quite busy.