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|Address:||Units 1-2, 11 Westferry Circus, London E14 4HD|
|Tel:||020 7768 1301|
|Price: £49.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7am-2.45pm 5.30-10.30pm Sat-Sun 10am-4pm 5.30-9.30pm|
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So I was very much looking forward to eating at Tom's Kitchen. I have eaten (twice – even taking Mrs W along for the second time!) at Tom's main restaurant, so impressed was I by it. Tom's Kitchen was bound to be the answer to my prayers – great food, responsibly sourced and impeccably prepared in an environment that was relaxed but matched the price being charged. Dream on.
I was being hosted, along with a colleague, by three partners from a law firm who had made the journey from the City. We should have headed the other way and eaten at the wonderful Mercer. Firstly the entrance is not obvious – we wended our way through from the Bar on Westferry Circus. The real entrance (for any who wish to find it) is on a pedestrian square on the opposite side. We were seated … but at the wrong table. In fact our hosts are at the table next to us and, in the way of modern financial business, we hadn't actually seen each other before so it was several minutes before we (and not the staff) noticed that we were seated adjacent to our hosts. I had already ordered a bottle of fizzy water so foolishly left the glasses and water at the table in the mistaken understanding that the wait staff would move them for us. No. My colleague had to do this herself. Top-ups of water (and, later, wine) were similarly self-service.
The food was fine (in no way special) but the service issues continued. Diners were not served at anything approaching the same time. Sides were brought five minutes after mains and whilst the food was perfectly acceptable, there was nothign about it which elevated it above the norm – much of it resembled home cooking – but at prices which suggested something far more impressive.
I will not be returning. The value option for diners in Canary Wharf remains, in my opinion, the admirable Iberica.