REVIEW | Bird of Smithfield, London

Housed in a five-storey Georgian townhouse in Farringdon, Bird of Smithfield is a multi-floor venue complete with two bars, a restaurant and a rooftop terrace.

I found myself there on a Friday evening, with a pretty quiet bar and a 30th birthday party downstairs in full-swing. Starting the evening off with their extensive cocktail list, I opted for a Lime Cooler: gin, ginger ale, kafir lime, apple, cucumber and cardamom.

Once we’d taken advantage of Happy Hour, we were shown to our table for dinner upstairs. While I’m used to queues out the door in my usual haunt of Soho, I was surprised to see the restaurant completely empty. By the time we were paying for our bill around three more parties had appeared.

And I wasn’t sure why, the menu sounded fabulous and the restaurant is headed up by Tommy Boland, who has worked in kitchens including Square in Mayfair under the leadership of Phil Howard, and Le Cinq in Paris.

The menu was packed with gorgeous ingredients including rillette of salmon,  guinea fowl and pumpkin agnolotti.

To start I had gorgeously plump Orkney scallops, with Jerusalem artichoke purée and topped with black truffle.

The main was equally as delicious: roasted Cornish turbot atop a bed of garganelli pasta with spinach, chanterelles and samphire.

And never one to turn down dessert, the chocolate brownie sundae (which was more a brownie and a scoop of ice cream) was decadent and indulgent, with marshmallow, pistachio and cocoa nibs.

And the impeccable service matched the food, with the waitress and maitre’d both attentive and friendly.

Would I go to Bird of Smithfield again? Only if I could have another portion of those scallops!