Bird of Smithfield
26 Smithfield Street, EC1A 9LB
Long gone are the days when Morin Randall and Cavenur Aubin stocked their butcher shop on Soho’s Brewer Street. Today you will find an interior that makes use of antique fixtures and fittings and a lot of green tiles. This is a quality fish restaurant meets the Soho bar world; and the disco ball in the centre of the room is a nod to its evening uses.
The high stools aren’t particularly comfortable, so we suggest ordering light. But if you are up for a large meal to share, go for The Aubin Special. Expect to get your fill of shellfish and other underwater delights for £12-£30. Usually a bottle of Gavi de Gavi or Reisling is a good choice, costing £34.50 and £32.50 respectively. Order broad and treat it like mezze for the best experience.
As the evening progresses the music downstairs turns up an the lights go down. Conversationists would do well to move on at this point as the tiled walls do little to soften the sound of House music.
Words: Elliot Hammer