There’s nothing quite like eating seafood with a view of the sea, or in this case a tidal river. So on an unusually mild winter’s day I made my way to Wapping to Smith’s Brasserie of Tower Bridge to see if they deserve their motto “famous for fish”.
Visiting with a large group I found the service very hospitable, and the dishes arrived with fairly good synchronization.
On a Saturday they offer a very affordable set lunch menu, two courses for £19.50 with the option to add a third for £24.50.
I tried the Tempura Tiger Prawns with Honey & Soy Dressing which was light and beautifully presented, (a generous serving for a entree also). I also had a cheeky bite of my friend’s Chicken Liver Pate with Spiced Apple Chutney & English Watercress and can confirm it was just as delicious. As a seafood restaurant options for haters are limited but there is vege and chicken options (below).
For my main I tried the duo of salmon and cod, which cured my desire to try a few options. The fish was dressed very simply, as is often best with seafood, with just a few crumbs and a tangy creamy dressing.
Avoiding dessert myself I did have another sneaky bite of an exquisite traditional creme brulee while enjoying the last of the day’s sunlight on the river.
Overall Verdict: Simple seafood, with a view, great service and at a reasonable price – no wonder Smiths are famous for fish!