U is for the United States of America

U happily coincided with Christmas. A festive gathering of piehunters happily made arrangements to visit a New York steakhouse – Smith & Wollensky just off the Strand.

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Service was disappointingly slow, but we enjoyed the buzz and atmosphere downstairs. The wine and food were top quality. Prices were not for the fainthearted.

Starters included seared chilli & garlic shrimp and hand-dived Scottish scallops with garlic & parsley butter.

Steaks were USDA Prime, dry-aged and butchered on-site. Apparently, S&W is the only steakhouse in London which offers a cut of meat that combines all three. This monster (below) was the 1kg Tomahawk.

Desserts included an excellent New York cheesecake and key lime pie.

Pie Hunter Ratings

Service 4/5

Drinks 4/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Food 4.5/5

Value 3/5

Total 19.5/25 

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