Smith's Brasserie Ongar Essex Hot

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Smith's Brasserie Ongar Essex
Smith's Brasserie Ongar Essex
Address Fyfield Road
Town/City Ongar
County Essex
Postcode CM5 0AL
Tel No. 01277 365 578
Website http://smithsbrasserie.com/
Opening Times See below
Ave. Price per couple 65.00
Facilities Parking • Disabled Facilities • Accommodation • Garden • Bar/Lounge

Smiths in Ongar, has prided itself on it's motto “Famous for Fish” since opening its doors in 1994, although, mention the name Smith’s to most people and “Famous for Service” would also be a phrase that springs to mind.

Indeed the reputation of this elegant restaurant as “the” place for fish has grown to become recognised as one of the finest sea food restaurants inSmiths Restaurant Ongar Essex.

The subtle lighting and soft décor lends itself the feeling of dining ‘al fresco' whilst the spacious and cleverly arranged seating allows for intimate dining and conversation. The menu is well balanced, offering an extensive line of fish and crustacea. With recent additions to the already impressive menu, the decision of what to order is even harder.

The restaurant, with cool air conditioning in the Summer and log fires in the Winter, is the perfect setting for dining – with it’s flower filled terrace and ample private car parking, its truly an ideal location. Treat yourself.

Food Serving Times:

Lunch
Tuesday - Sunday
12.30pm -3pm (last orders)
4.30pm (close)

Dinner
Tuesday-Sunday (except Sat)
6.30pm - 10.30pm (last orders)
12.30pm (close)

Saturday
6pm-10.30pm(last orders)
12.30pm (close)

 

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Average user rating from: 6 user(s)

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7.2
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6.7   (6)
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7.7   (6)
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8.7   (6)
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7.8   (6)
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6.5   (6)
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8.0   (6)
Recommend:
 
5.3   (6)
 
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4th May 2010

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6.4
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6.0
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7.0
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7.0
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6.0
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5.0
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9.0
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5.0
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Reviewed by Linda
May 07, 2010
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful

I found that the waiting staff we had was too young and inexperienced. I asked her advice when ordering ,to which she replied "I don't know, I don't eat fish". Also found she was very pushy asking if we wanted more drinks every 5 minutes.



I think I should have been told the portions were large and that we didn't need as many vegetables as we expected. The food was very good but expensive.

 

Smith's

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7.7
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7.0
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8.0
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10.0
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7.0
Value:
 
5.0
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10.0
Recommend:
 
7.0
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Reviewed by L Speller
August 31, 2009
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful

Had heard this was an excellent place for fish. This was true; the main meals of fish that we had (halibut and plaice) were beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection. The main disappointment for me was the prawn cocktail-I felt sure that for £8.50 the prawns would be freshly shelled-they have a firmer texure. But no, they were no different from the prawns you could get for half the price elsewhere, and I feel that the restaurant shouldn't bother to put this on its menu unless it's got the best of ingredients,like the other starters seemed to have. I had really fancied Dover Sole but wanted to share one with my husband as I couldn't have managed a whole one which cost £25 and that would have been a waste!The restaurant 'doesn't do that' which was a shame, but the plaice that I opted for instead was the best I've tasted in a restaurant. Separate pricing for vegetables raises the cost and lowers the value. We went with a selection of three, one of which was asparagus-five thin spears!

The staff were attentive and friendly, and the loos were excellent.The ambience was fine if noisy but that is because there is little soft furnishing to absorb noise. This wouldn't be a problem unless someone has aided hearing. In short, lovely fish-shame about the price.

 

excellent except for the loo

Overall rating: 
 
7.2
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8.0
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8.0
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9.0
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8.0
Value:
 
7.0
Toilets:
 
3.0
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7.0
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Reviewed by Jo
May 19, 2009
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful

Cannot fault the great service, ambience, good food. However, the toilets are surprising basic and disappointing as all of us girlies love good clean well lit loo with good mirrors to retouch the lippy! But then maybe that's not what you go to a restaurant for.

 

Not impressed with the Salmon

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6.6
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5.0
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5.0
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10.0
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8.0
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5.0
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10.0
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3.0
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Reviewed by Rachael
March 29, 2008
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful

Ok where to start. The venue top notch.... expensive cars with personalised number plates in the car park... things were looking promising.. Service was EXCELLENT. The girls all friendly. The atmosphere was relaxing - no annoying loud people there which was good. The only down fall was the food.. I had the salmon and it was DRY!! In my opinion is was over priced too. I'm of the opinion that people go there for the kudos not the food - I won't be going back in a hurry!!!

 

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6.7
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5.0
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10.0
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8.0
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9.0
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8.0
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6.0
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1.0
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Reviewed by Carol Harris
January 06, 2008
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful

This is a fantastic restaurants if you don't believe the manageresss Charmain Fry who perpetuates the rules of no children and then when it takes her fancy she lets them in. As a customer I can understand the rules of no children but Ms Fry doesn't keep to them so if you have children just take them along because Charmain has her own rules and you can just blag your way in.

 
 
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