I first discovered Tom's Kitchen whilst out and about in Chelsea: I remember walking past the restaurant, being a little intrigued and taking a mental note of the name. A few weeks later, on my way to work, I realised a branch was opening in Canary Wharf. 'How convenient,' I thought.
Tom's Kitchen is a modern, British restaurant with a "twist on a French brasserie".
I was won over when I glanced through the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, soI decided to make a reservation for my birthday dinner (click here for outfit post).
When looking in through the bar entrance, you'd be mistaken for thinking that was the whole restaurant itself. The first time I was escorted through to the reception and main dining area, I was like: 'No way'.
I love how Tom's Kitchen is nestled near the CW entrance, and so discreet and unassuming. The deli, bar and restaurant sections are so different, yet so uniform.
There's something very homely about the interior, and the ambiance is very relaxing and peaceful. Staff are polite, friendly and very helpful.
The menu isn't ridiculously pricey; there are dear items and more affordable selections. From cocktails to the food, you'll definitely be spoilt for choice.
|Left: Apricot Blossom Martini|
Right: Raspberry and Passionfruit Fizz
|Left: Chelsea Gardens|
Right: Homemade Lemonade
Left: Beer-battered pollock and chips, crushed peas, tartare sauce and lemon
Right: Chicken schnitzel
|10oz rib eye steak, watercress, bearnaise sauce|
I tried clams for the very first time - dee-lish!
|Baked cod, saffron risotto, clams and red pepper dressing|
|Aubergine and herb bake|
|Tomato, orange and cucumber salad|
|Apple and calvados tart - crumble topping with maple syrup ice cream|
|Hot chocolate pot with pistachio ice cream|
Left: Vanilla cheesecake with sour ice cream
Right: Eton Mess
My creme brulée (birthday edition) was a party in my mouth. I was tempted to lick the chocolate writing off the plate, but tried to maintain a bit decorum (even after a few too many cocktails!).
|White chocolate and passionfruit creme brulée|
The food was great (a seven out of ten, for me), but I'd rate the overall atmosphere, presentation and service higher (a nine). I'll definitely be going back, maybe next time for brunch - got my eye on a few things I'd like to try.