The Smithfield Social sits right in the heart of the Northern Quarter, not far from the site of the historic Smithfield Market. It replaced Teacup last year when it was taken over by none other than Liam Fray from The Courteeners. We popped in to try their new brunch menu at this dog-friendly space, with an equally friendly pooch tagging along for the ride.
Catering to carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, it’s a must-try brunch stop
While we pore over the brunch options with some great quality coffee, Rover is swiftly brought a bowl of water and fussed over by every single member of the front-of-house staff. It takes us forever to decide between all the tantalising choices on this pleasingly extensive menu. After much debate, we finally settle on luxurious-sounding truffled hash browns with poached eggs, and protein-packed steak and eggs.
One thing’s for certain, they know how to poach an egg here – they’re cooked flawlessly on both dishes. Naturally, they work fabulously with the hash browns, which are crisp and golden brown with fluffy, onion-flecked centres. The runny egg yolks and shaved pecorino pair wonderfully with umami grilled mushrooms, while the rich, savoury hum of truffle adds decadence and a spring onion garnish lifts and freshens the dish.
They know their way around a steak too. It comes juicy, well-seasoned and perfectly medium-rare, sliced into bite-sized pieces. Served on a bed of sautéed potatoes, it’s crowned with the glorious poached eggs and scattered with fresh pico de gallo (Mexican salsa) and crispy onions. Finally, the lot is drizzled with a zingy chipotle and lime dressing. The plate sings with a chorus of different tastes and textures – it’s a cut above the typical brunch offering.
The Smithfield Social is a friendly, relaxing place to enjoy a wealth of well-executed dishes on a thoughtful, exciting menu. Catering to carnivores, vegetarians and vegans alike, it’s a must-try brunch stop. Especially if you plan on bringing a furry friend.