The Bird: Enjoy a three-way

Sneaking in for a peak at this quite-posh new hangout in Smithfield, we got the impression the people behind it have got a good feeling about the launch.

And quite right too – the menu is interesting, the cooking is lush, and each cosy room has a different feel. We sampled the downstairs bar (where we tried the awesome mac’n’cheese pictured below, plus a bright pink cocktail), as well as the cosy dining room. We were also shown the downstairs bar area which looks set for some proper city/hipster crossover Friday nights.

There’s also a roof terrace, but this wasn’t ready when we visited a few days after the place opened.

The mac’n’cheese came before a three course meal, which was perhaps unwise. But it didn’t stop us. We started properly with a Dorset crab and granary toast (£14), but for the main we couldn’t see past the three-way Temple Farm chicken (once it was explained to us). Three different bits of chicken cooked three ways – a lovely crispy roast breast, a salad with liver and hearts, and a chicken sausage type thing with a solid piece of skin sticking out (£16). Amazing.

For dessert we had a Maldon sea salt caramel and Cru Virunga chocolate crackling pot (£6.50). A risk after three courses already, but very tasty indeed.

It’s not cheap, but the cooking makes the Bird of Smithfield worth a visit if you feel like splashing out – and the intimate dining room makes it a good bet if you’re out to impress.

Visit the Bird of Smithfield website here.

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