The restaurant: Tom’s Kitchen, 27 Cale St, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP
A short walk from The King’s Road, Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea is one of renowned chef Tom Aiken’s three UK restaurants. The focus of Tom’s Kitchen is traditional British fare and comforting classics. Located in a classic Chelsea townhouse, the restaurant spans over three floors: the ground and first floors are taken up by dining space, while the third floor has space for private dining and events. You enter through the bar area, a rounded counter with red bar stools that add a pop of colour to the room. The ground floor dining room is bright and airy with light flooding in through a skylight and bouncing off the white tiled walls. A large mirror on the back wall that adds an illusion of depth to the room. It seems like a good set-up for a Sunday lunch.
We’re here to try the ‘Sunday Sharer’, the new Sunday roast option that’s been tacked onto the brunch menu. It shares the menu with all-day breakfast options, including Tom’s Breakfast Grill, French toast, and crab & prawn Benedict. Fish & chips, and roast pork belly have British favourites covered, while tandoori chicken schnitzel and a delicious-sounding courgette and pistachio risotto are available if you fancy something else. The ‘Weekend Sharers’ feel like your best bet: a 600g Chateaubriand, 7-hour shoulder of lamb, or the roast of the day.
Roast of the day was chicken. It’s a roast to be shared between 2-3 people and costs £45. The meat changes weekly and is served with Yorkshire puddings, seasonal vegetables and all the traditional trimmings. Our server was very vague when we asked about it, making us feel out of place ordering a roast in a restaurant full of weekend brunchers. Two huge hunks of chicken breast and two thighs arrived with roasties, a mix of greens, cabbage, a great Yorkshire pudding and a portion of bread sauce. Without any fancy additions, the chicken was fantastic: flavoursome and succulent with a brilliantly crispy skin. The spring greens and cabbage complimented the meat well and the roasties were expertly done. There was also a side of sweet potato fries; we pondered whether they’d been mistaken for carrots.
We washed it down with a bottle of Sancerre that was wonderfully fresh and zesty. Bottles of wine start from £23 up to £200, with wine by the glass starting from £6. For dessert, we shared an apple crumble with light vanilla custard, a great non-stodgy spin on the classic dessert.
Tom’s Kitchen is a good option for relaxed family lunch or a catch up with friends over brunch or dinner. It has a good mix of all-day brasserie style options with something that will keep everyone happy. While our dining experience was dampened by the service, don’t let that put you off as the classic dishes that Tom’s Kitchen offer are done masterfully well.
To book, visit TomsKitchen.co.uk or call 020 7349 0202
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