Providing a competitively-priced alternative to the fine dining styling of Restaurant Tom Aikens elsewhere in Chelsea, Tom’s Kitchen seeks to showcase the ability of the man himself to provide great-quality food more suited to a less formal, more relaxed crowd – with a menu and prices tailored to suit.
Located in a handsome townhouse and also featuring a deli as well as the dining area, Tom’s Kitchen – with its modern minimal-chic interior, is open from breakfast ‘til dinner and has a number of menus to suit, offering an extremely wide variety of dishes to suit timeframes and budgets.
The breakfast and brunch menus offer an astonishing selection – if you just fancy some fruit and yoghurt, could go for a full English or are even tempted to opt for the steak sandwich, you’re in for a treat. Each of the dishes is made from well-sourced ingredients, put together with skill and care, and served in portions heartier than you might expect from an establishment run by a chef with a knack for fine dining; added refinement comes in the form of nice touches like smoked salmon available as a side order, a number of more upmarket options (eggs royale, beautifully-made American pancakes) alongside the porridge, and homemade brioche.
It’s at dinner that Aikens’s true colours show, of course, with the selection of pies, burgers and steak dishes augmented by the likes of truffle chips with parmesan, confit lamb, poached monkfish, and baked herb-crusted cod with Israeli couscous; the blending of hearty and familiar flavours with refined technique and imagination is on show here, just at a more everyday price. Drinks include a neat selection of wines and a number of home-conceived cocktails as well as tea, coffee and more quotidian beverages.
Tom Aikens has worked in restaurants that have earned many Michelin stars, including establishments overseen by Joel Robuchon and Pierre Koffmann.
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