Well, first day of winter last friday and boy oh boy did it show! It was bucketing down with pitch black skys at 5.30pm. Nevertheless, we braved the pouring rain and made our way to the Smith on high street for our 8pm booking.
The menu at the Smith is very extensive with a lot of variety - from tofu to a steamed pork bun to pork ribs with housemade BBQ sauce.
We chose to get two or three of the smaller, entree sized dishes as we struggled to pick which ones to get! I could easily have had one of all of them. The first was the Barramundi croquettes with bonito mayonnaise. As you may know already, I am not the biggest seafood fan (although it is growing on me), but these were insanely delicious. The crunchiness of the crumb and thos potatoe-y middle with the bits of fish was so good. Two each was not enough. I would have been happier not sharing!
My favourite dish of the night hands down was the soft fajitas with braised wagyu osso bucco, avocado & sweetcorn salsa. They. Were. Amazing. The meat was so tender and flavoursome, the flavours of the salsa, the sweet corn and the avocado went together like thunder and lightening. I could have demolished plate after plate after plate....you get the idea. They were good.
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It doesn't look like much in this photo but they were so good. Definitely a must try in my books.
Our next dish was another seafood one, one I am not too fond of: Prawns. Now I did have my doubts but when I had my first bite I was quite surprised.
Now when I read king prawn filled betel leaves I was a bit unsure. I was expecting a whole prawn in a leaf fried in tempura. When I cut it open it was more chopped up prawn inside of the betal leaf which were quite tasty! But this dish is definitely for the more seafood
It did take us a while to decide on the main. We setlled with the Pan fried John Dory with spiced cauliflower, pomegranate & chickpea dressing. We had noticed this dish coming out a lot that night and was very much looking forward to tasting it. We also ordered a side of the smashed chats (deep fried potatoes that are so flipping good).
The fish was so tender and just fell apart, it went so well with the cauliflower and the pomemgranate and chickpea dressing - which was thicker than your average dressing but was delicious all the same.
The dish was definitely enough for the two of us with the side of chats. I was very happy with all the dishes we had chosen as they were all so good and came out quite quickly despite the number of people in the restaurant. The service was faultless even though they were incredibly busy and the seats we had, to me, were the best in the house. Everyone is different of course but I thoroughly enjoyed my evening at the Smith although I did not enjoy the walk in the still pouring rain and thunderstorm back to the car!
Oh, last but not least, we did manage to share a dessert after all this. We settled on the apple and rhubarb pie with manuka honey ice cream! A perfect end to the first night of winter if you ask me!
Looks so scrumptious. I can't wait to go back and try more of their menu!