Monday, 2 September 2013

Tom's Kitchen

After a day of strolling through the park in the sunshine and (mostly) window shopping, we needed to refuel. We made our way from Sloane Street, admiring the pretty Chelsea townhouses along the way, to our late lunch destination on Cale Street.

That Topshop "Carrie" dress // New Look denim jacket // H&M sandals // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses // Primark necklace

For my birthday this year, my brother wanted to treat us to a top notch meal while we were in London. He had suggested Tom Aiken's Restaurant but after a quick online check of the menu, Gordon and I decided it wasn't for us. However, nestled in a quaint little street in Chelsea, you'll find Tom's Kitchen. The menu here is a bit less... posh, and more relaxed sounding. Just what we needed!


It started, as all good stories do, with cocktails. A long island iced tea for him (he really isn't one for experimenting, is he?) and a cosmo with a Chelsea twist for me. The "Cale Cosmo" is made with grapefruit and pomegranate rather than the traditional cranberry and it was perfect. We sipped our drinks and admired our surroundings while we eyed up the menu. Tom's Kitchen is a charming, casual affair. The decor is clean and simple, with a rustic touch. You feel like you really are at home in Tom's very own big, cosy kitchen as they serve up the best of good old fashioned British comfort food.


Unusually for us, we skipped starters and dived straight into the main course. A steak for the other half this time; an 8oz fillet served with watercress and chips. They offer bearnaise or peppercorn sauce but Gordon prefers his meat naked! Apparently the bloody juices from a rare steak are all you need. Each to their own eh? It came just how he likes it and he bloody loved it. I chose the chicken, mushroom and tarragon pie from the specials board. The best chicken pie I've ever tasted! It was served simply on it's own but the waitress had helped me to decide on a side of triple cooked chips to go with it. It was the perfect portion size, the perfect pastry, the perfect pie... yeah, I loved it. I soaked up every last bit of the creamy mushroom filling with the chips and washed it all down with another cocktail. Gin, apple, elderflower and cucumber made up the "Chelsea Gardens" concoction.


Moving swiftly onto dessert, Gordon had the hot chocolate pot; a melt in the middle chocolate sponge which came with a delicious scoop of pistachio ice cream. I indulged in what was probably the best pudding of my trip life. I've never really "got" the whole creme brulee thing but Tom's white chocolate and passionfruit version was a total game changer! Once I'd cracked open that caramelized barrier on top, I scooped out the sweet, tangy filling with the shortbread and felt like I'd never feel sadness again so long as this masterpiece existed. Sorry, drama queen. It was pretty epic though! If you try one thing at Tom's Kitchen this summer, make it the creme brulee.


Overall, Tom's Kitchen really impressed me. I honestly can't fault anything about our meal here and it was a fantastic birthday treat - cheers Joel! We ate at the Chelsea location but you can find them (and Tom's Deli) at Canary Wharf or Somerset house, where Tom's Kitchen Terrace is also open until the end of September. Check the website for location details and menus, or to book a table. You can find the fancier Tom Aiken's Restaurant here.

Have you ever been to any of Tom's restaurants?

Christy
xx

3 comments:

  1. I've never been, and to think I lived in Chelsea for a few years...oh well, next time I'm in London then...this looks too good to pass up.

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  2. Wow, everything looks SO good! I seriously love your necklace, too.

    xo, Michelle
    Neon Rattail

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