Tried & Tasted: The New Spring Menu At Tom’s Kitchen

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Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea. Photograph by David Griffen Photography

Spring has sprung at Tom’s Kitchen. Leanne Kelsall discovers the new menu at the flagship in Chelsea

Owned by world-renowned chef, author and all round good guy Tom Aikens, Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea is one of his four London restaurants. Aikens became the youngest ever British chef to be awarded two Michelin stars at the age of 26 and has since enjoyed an impressive career, including time at David Cavalier’s in Battersea, Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire and Pied-à-Terre.

Tom Aikens, Creator of Toms Kitchen in Chelsea
Tom Aikens, Creator of Toms Kitchen in Chelsea

The Tom’s Kitchen concept is about making the most of all four seasons, working with British farmers to source the finest ingredients. They serve comforting foodie favourites in a contemporary canteen-style setting, seven days a week.

We headed down to the Chelsea flagship – first opened 10 years ago – to try out the new spring menu.

As we arrived at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea, the buzzing atmosphere and jolly welcome from our waiter, was a warm retreat from the pouring rain outside. Interiors are simple and relaxed – white ceramics, wooden furniture and a big open-air kitchen.

Our fellow diners – first-daters, families, friends and co-workers – were enjoying a fuss-free evening meal, chatting and laughing with a drink in hand. Laid-back luxury is the name of the game.

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With sharing dishes, grilled meats, salads and mains, the menu has plenty to tempt you. It was a tricky choice, aided least by the arrival of our waiter armed with the seven-hour sharing Confit Herdwick Lamb for our neighbours. But before we’d finished deciding, a warm basil loaf was laid beneath our noses. It smelt like heaven, was delightfully light and soft, and even tastier with lashings of butter. I don’t tend to talk about the bread in a restaurant review but this one is worth the words.

Asparagus with sliced pheasant egg at Toms Kitchen in Chelsea

I chose a spring speciality to start – asparagus with sliced pheasant egg (£12). The asparagus was perfectly cooked and complimented by the runny egg yolk and rich truffle dressing.

For my main, I opted for the Pan Fried Cornish River Trout (£19). The fish flaked away from my fork and the caper and raisin dressing was refreshingly different.

Caramel and Popcorn SundaeMy guest ordered a British classic, the Shepherd’s Pie (£19), on its return to the menu after 10 years. It had a rich, hearty aroma and was nostalgic with it’s delicately piped potato top with steamed greens side dish.

Dessert came in the form of the Caramel and Popcorn Sundae to share (£12). Our waiter informed us that it’s favourite of Aikens himself. Our eyes widened as a large vessel arrived, filled with creamy vanilla ice cream, popping candy popcorn and large chunks of chewy caramel. Every layer was heavenly.

The Chocolate Millionaire Shortbread (£8) also caught our attention, with its lime, meringue and salted caramel combination. The flavours and textures worked together to create mouthful after mouthful of sheer joy – the richness of the dark chocolate, the tanginess of the lime, the crunch of the meringue.

For faultless feel-good grub that’ll remind you of home, Tom’s Kitchen is the place to go.

Tom’s Kitchen – Where and How?

Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea is located at 27 Cale Street, London, SW3 3QP, United Kingdom. For more information or to make a booking, email [email protected] or call 020 7349 0202.

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Leanne Kelsall

Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Journalist

Leanne jumped ship from a sleepy suburban town to the Big Smoke to pursue a career in creative writing and advertising. She now freelances as a luxury travel and lifestyle journalist for Luxurious Magazine. As an avid storyteller, she combines her love of the written word and luxury travel to review trending and undiscovered hotels, restaurants and events. Recent adventures have taken her as far as Fiji, Iceland and New York to discover what really makes the world’s top hotels tick. As well as writing, her passions include boutique luxury escapes, fine dining, theater and music events, alongside a keen interest in fitness having been a previous British swimming record-holder and a current fitness/figure champion.

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