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