"Brace yourselves for the Sundae Sessions every weekend"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
Remember those heady days of childhood when you’d find yourself on holiday, at a hotel buffet with an ice cream sundae bar? The sheer excitement of being faced with every feasible combination of flavours, sauces and sprinkles to satisfy even the most gluttonous of ice cream dreams.
Brace yourselves, for Smith & Wollensky has introduced the Sundae Sessions every weekend, a heavenly bar featuring over 15 indulgent toppings to bedeck your bowl with whatever tickles your fancy. For £5 for children or £9 for adults, you’ll be able to choose three scoops of their delicious ice cream to load up, or if you’re feeling especially brave hit up the bottomless option, unlimited ice cream and toppings for 60 minutes priced ay £15 for adults and £9 for children up to the age of 12.
Sounds too good to be true? A recent weekend visit didn’t disappoint. If you’ve not yet visited Smith & Wollensky it’s certainly a treat. A sleek New York style space reminiscent of an antiquated dining car, all green leather booths, parquet floors and crisp linen, its menu features a plethora of prime cuts of USDA steak, tasty starters like hand-dived Scottish scallops and some classic American brunch dishes like buttermilk pancakes and waffles with bacon and maple syrup.
I started off with a burrata and heirloom tomato salad; a longtime favourite and something I love to try in as many restaurants as possible in a bid to find one as delicious as that served in my Italian b&b on holiday last summer. This one didn’t disappoint, a vibrant array of rich, ripe tomatoes accompanied with a hunk of creamy burrata, just a drizzle of oil and finished with balsamic glaze and some fresh basil. Simple Italian perfection.
Forgoing the steak menu - being sensible, I wanted to leave ample space for ice cream - I plumped for a main course of her-crusted cod, a flaky hunk of fish accompanied by creamy whipped potatoes, black olives and tomatoes. The herb crust was delicious and with an additional side of creamed spinach it was just right for a light lunch.
Of course what we were really there for was pudding. Once you’ve decided on your ice cream flavours, the fun really starts; I defy you not to regress into being a total child when faced with the sundae station. All thoughts of my bikini body went out of the window. They had everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Chocolate, strawberry and salted caramel sauces. Fresh berries, homemade wafers and chunks of tooth-achingly sweet honeycomb. Mini marshmallows and chunks of chocolate brownies. Salted peanuts, nougat, meringues, peanut brittle, jelly beans, hundreds and thousands, popcorn, feuilletine, chocolate drops; it was more than a little overwhelming. Needless to say, my eyes were bigger than my belly. Filling the bowl with myriad sweets and sauces, I regretted my decision to try two earlier courses almost immediately.
£9 might feel a little steep for three scoops of ice cream, but my days, the treats laid out in front of you and the sheer entertainment value of being given free rein to create your dream pudding makes it worth every penny. Alas, if it weren’t for my waistband I’d be back every weekend. Available every Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday from 10.30-3.30pm.
Laurel reviewed Smith and Wollensky on Mon 02 Sep 2019