Thursdays are the days for me where I’m least arsed to cook, so after popular (well – some) demand, I’m going to start covering a takeaway a week and hopefully give you all some new ideas about where to order from, whilst you sit home, binge-watching Ozark.
First up to the chopping block is Smith’s; based out of Kitchen Nation (a multiple kitchen set-up, allowing several restaurants to operate in one space in JLT) and founded by Selina of The Apprentice 2015 fame, Smith’s is all about bringing authentic, British food to these shores. What better way to kick off the series!?
The wife and I were suffering from catastrophic hangovers and as I’d heard a few positive things about their Roast Dinner (although I was hugely dubious about how well you can transport a roast dinner for 20 minutes in a container), I thought I’d give it a shot and the wife went with the Fish and Chips. We also gave the Rhubarb Crumble a go for dessert.
It’s worth noting that their menu really got me excited. They have an array of mouthwatering sandwiches and Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding wraps (the wrap, actually being the pud)? Yes please:
The food arrived in around 45 minutes which isn’t bad really, considering I live at the far end of JVC. It was still hot on arrival and came like this:
Initially, I was a tad concerned about how little food there was but when I emptied the boxes onto plates, my concerns evaporated!
I’ll start off with the roast. I was pretty impressed! The beef is sliced extremely thin, which may not be to everyone’s preference, but I recently tried Reddy Roast who serve thicker cuts and their meat was so tough by the time it reached me, it was almost inedible. The meat from Smith’s remained moist and tender and the horseradish sauce was a mighty-fine accompaniment. The roast parsnips and carrots were top-notch, having a nice snap still (some places turn them into mush) and were obviously high-quality produce.
The Yorkshire puds and roast potatoes still had a bit of crisp to them, which surprised me with the whole dish being packed tightly into a small box but I think they could be improved by simply putting them in separate boxes to prevent them getting steamed and going soggy. The gravy tasted homemade and was well balanced and I think for 65 AED overall, it was very fairly priced.
On to the Fish & Chips:
Now this dish was utterly ridiculous. I’ve never seen such a humongous portion in my life. The photo doesn’t capture it greatly as I am admittedly, the world’s worst food photographer, but underneath the top fish, is an identically large fish.
The chips aren’t necessarily what you’d expect from a chippy – a lot more refined with the skin left on. It might divide opinion as I know a lot of people love their fat chippy chips but I’m not a big fan of fat chips, so I was happy! The fish was perfectly flaky inside and the light batter retained its crispiness and tasted great with the accompanying tartar sauce. You could honestly share this dish between two of you with a couple of slices of mighty white – excellent value for 60 AED.
We popped the Rhubarb Crumble into the oven for 5 minutes and it was a delicious end to the meal, the crunchy and sweet crumble complimented the tartness of the rhubarb superbly. It didn’t take us long to get through it all and we’d definitely order it again.
Overall, a very decent start to proceedings! If you give it a go, let me know what you think!
Delivery Areas: JLT, Marina, Media City, JBR, JVC, The Lakes, The Springs, Tecom, Barsha Heights, The Palm, Barsha, JVT, Motor City, IMPZ.
Total Price: 148 AED
Delivery Time: 45 mins
Methods of ordering: Deliveroo, Talabat, Direct from Restaurant
Quality of Food: 4/5
Portion Sizes: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Would I order again? Yes!