Review on Tom's Kitchen
The 'Tom' in question is none other than Tom Aikens – firebrand Michelin-starred chef and overlord of a famed temple of gastronomy in nearby Elystan Street. His second venture is very different, and if you come expecting reverential surroundings, pomp and circumstance you'll be sorely disappointed.
Open right through from breakfast to the witching hour, the ground-floor brasserie buzzes with activity; legions of staff do the rounds, and customers sit on less-than-comfortable benches around big communal tables.
The Anglo-French menu reads like something from a London gastro pub, with its mix of ancient and modern, retro and voguish dishes given pert, epigrammatic descriptions. In reality, the food on the plate is something else – and it's eminently affordable. Here you can drool over chicken consommé with vermicelli, grilled sardines on toast, roast pork cutlet with caramelised apples, and glorious confit shoulder of lamb, cooked for seven hours and served with balsamic-infused shallots. There are bowls of bouillabaisse too, as well as thick garbure, cassoulet and shepherd's pie, plus distilled nostalgia in the form of baked Alaska, pear Belle Hélène and rhubarb fool.
Tom's Kitchen is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00 - 11.30am Mon-Fri (9.30am - 3.30pm Sat & Sun Brunch)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm (9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express