If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll definitely know that if a venue serves bottomless prosecco, I’m there. Bottomless brunch has been a thing in London for a few years now, having crossed over from the New York brunch scene. I’m slowly trying to make my way through all the bottomless offerings in London, and free-flowing prosecco at afternoon tea is now becoming a huge thing too. Several spots are now even branching out into bottomless dinner (that’s the evening meal, in case you’re Northern like me), so I was super pleased to be asked by Smollensky’s on The Strand to join them in the launch week of their new menu – where they’ve added a free flowing prosecco option for £15! (There’s also great new food options too, FYI)
Smollensky’s describes itself as being ‘a London institution for over 20 years’ and having walked past its spot on The Strand a million times, I was excited to finally give it a try! It’s perfectly located for central London and was buzzing with pre-theatre goers when we visited at 7pm. The venue is much bigger than it looks from the outside – once down the stairs you’re in an authentic American Bar and Grill with a menu to match.
We kicked off with some cocktails while browsing the food choices – there’s several cocktails to choose from but we went for my old favourite, Porn Star Martinis (will I ever find a cocktail I love more than this?) and they were great.
Porn Star Martini (obviously)
In terms of food, the menu is extensive and consists of several appetisers, as well as steaks, burgers and mains with an American twist. There’s also a selection of salads including Superfood Kale if you feel like keeping it light. We opted for Cajun Fried Calamari and Buttermilk Chicken Strips to start – both were great and we also kicked off the bottomless prosecco at this point too!
Cajun Fried Calamari, Buttermilk Chicken Strips
For my main I went for the Cajun Spiced Salmon Supreme. The roasted salmon was served with avocado, cherry tomato and caper salad, with buttermilk ranch dressing. It was the perfect light meal for me and was delicious, but obviously I ordered fries. Just to try them out, of course.
Cajun Spiced Salmon Supreme
I was with my bestie Matt and he opted for a 10oz Rump Steak (there’s a selection of several different steaks). This was served with onion rings, fries, and coleslaw. For £3.50 he also upgraded to Surf’n’Turf with added tempura prawns. Although my salmon was gorgeous, I had serious food envy. The portions are huge here so make sure to visit with an empty stomach! Next time I’m definitely going to go all out and try a burger as these looked amazing, even the Marilyn which is the veggie option – veggie burgers can sometimes be risky choice but this one looks fab and includes halloumi, always a winner!
Rump Steak (with added Surf)
The prosecco was topped up throughout, really speedily and without us having to ask, which always ensures that it’s definitely worth a visit!
We both really enjoyed our meals, so much so that we absolutely had to try the dessert menu. We ordered a Melting Ice Cream Sundae to share and it was definitely a treat. It’s served with a chocolate shell on top, which the waiter then pours hot caramel over and the chocolate melts into the ice cream, brownies, marshmallow and popcorn below! A delicious end to a great meal.
Melting Ice Cream Sundae Before….
We had an amazing night and I was really impressed by the new menu at Smollensky’s. We were definitely tipsy by the end after all of those regular top ups – make sure to be careful if you visit on a school night!
Perfect for: pre or post theatre meals, great food and a buzzy atmosphere in Central
Find Smollensky’s at 105 Strand, London WC2R 0AA