The Chelsea branch of Tom’s Kitchen is tucked away at the heart of SW3’s web of polished streets. It opened in 2006 in Cale Street and is part of a stable of four venues across the capital bearing Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens’s name. Located in a townhouse, on the former site of The Blenheim Arms pub, Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea is a modern British brasserie with a very laid back vibe and a menu packed with classy dishes befitting of the salubrious streets outside.
We started with the Dressed Crab, served with Mixed Leaves and Sourdough Toast, along with the Jasmine Cured Salmon with Pickled Cucumber and Lemon Puree. Both were highly flavoursome appetisers, presented impeccably, and washed down with Tommy’s Margaritas, a mix of Tequila, Lime and Agave Syrup, from the restaurant’s impressive cocktail list.
We then ordered in a bottle of the Chilean Pinot Noir, an exquisite drop to complement our choice of main course – the 300g Cumbrian Braised Short Rib. This cut of meat was a joy to behold – strips of succulent beef smothered in Jack Daniels Sauce and served with Pickled Red Cabbage. Throw in some of the restaurant’s Triple Cooked Chips and Onion Rings from the list of sides and you have a feast fit for kings.
Rich indulgence seemed the name of the game in Tom’s Kitchen so we finished our evening with some splendour from the desserts list, devouring the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fondant with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
A trip to Tom Aikens’ establishment is likely to expand your waistline but very unlikely to leave you disappointed.
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