Tom's Kitchen The Strand 1

Somerset House, Strand , London, WC2R 1LA

10 reviews

52 British Covent Garden

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Building on the success of his eponymous Chelsea restaurant, Tom Aikens also helms two branches of the brasserie-style Tom’s Kitchen. Here at historic Somerset House, the menu gives native seasonal produce a productive spin, whether it’s meaty chunks of ham hock with poached egg, frisée and grain-mustard dressing, an autumnal assemblage of baked cod with sage, butternut squash purée and pine nuts, or richly intense casseroled venison with cranberries. Signature truffle chips with Parmesan ramp up the comfort factor, while desserts such as treacle tart aim for sweet-toothed satisfaction. All is bustling when weekend brunch comes around (booking recommended), although the high-ceilinged, minimalist dining rooms can feel somewhat sterile when it’s quiet. Tom’s Deli next door offers something more informal, while Tom’s Terrace is a pleasant alfresco choice for the summer months.

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6.2

Food & Drink: 6.1

Service: 6.8

Atmosphere: 6.9

Value: 4.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 2.0

Nina K. silver reviewer 18 July 2016

We sat and had lunch on the terrace and it was a beautiful setting. The service was great and they were very accommodating. The food was very pricey for what it was. Not a great selection with small portion sizes, but very tasty. I think it is better to go for drinks rather than food.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Bernard B. 26 May 2014

We had great expectations for our dinner at this restaurant in view of it's proprietor's reputation but we were very disappointed. My partner chose the calves liver but it arrived very thin and very much overdone – it must have been char-grilled for far too long. We complained about this and were offered a repeat of the same. However, this arrived just as thin and just as over-cooked as the initial offering – in fact the taste of the burnt flesh from the grill completely overpowered the taste of the liver. To make matters worse the spinach was heavily over-salted. We were later informed that the restaurant was not permitted to serve liver in the traditional ‘pink’ fashion due to Westminster Council regulations. Can this be true? If so, then calves liver should not even be included on the menu. I chose the lamb but the quality was no better than Tesco's offering – although it was very prettily presented. Luckily, we went to Simpson's in the Strand on the following evening and my partner received perfectly-cooked ‘pink’ calves liver so our sanity was restored.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 0.0

Fussy Londoner 22 April 2014

Loved the room, the windows, the location, right by river, and a minute from one of Londons hidden gems – the Courtauld Gallery. Now for the downside: food entirely unremarkable; prices high; and a sense of the place taking itself too seriously – I have had better high end burger with gherkins at more humble places! But service was 1st class, and if its a nice room you want to sit in, (it was dead quiet on the night I was there) and enjoy some nice beers, then this is a nice place to be. But don't go for the food. I felt the service was not matched by the food, which therefore made the service seem a tad silly!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Vanda J. 10 June 2013

Set in Somerset House this is in a great location. I had lunch there with a colleague. It was quite busy which created a great atmosphere and the staff were first class.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Suzanne M. 05 November 2012

I was worried about having lunch here after reading a few bad reviews but I had a very enjoyable and delicious lunch at Tom's kitchen. The decor is very nice and the food very tasty—I will definitely go back! It is on the expensive side,but this is London and the view of the river are superb.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

anne w. 15 August 2012

Had high hopes of Tom's Kitchen, the setting is fantastic, but the food was not of great quality. We had the burger, which granted is not ‘haute cuisine’ but they do advertise their british beef and we were expecting a rich full meat burger. Unfortunately what arrived was a ball of mushed mince, it had been cooked till it was grey and every wholesome morsal had been destroyed. We had asked if there were cooking options: rare, medium, well done, but were told it has to come well done due to health & safety. The wine was good we had a nice little tempranillo, the waiting staff were very polite so no issues with them, just really disappointed with the quality of the food. Shame we won't be returning.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Continental Diner platinum reviewer 04 March 2012

Tom's Kitchen at Somerset House currently strikes a great balance. It's easy-going enough for a leisurely weekend lunch with friends – especially suitable for out-of-town visitors due to the beauty of the venue and the views – but also serious and professional enough for a working lunch (not client entertaining though, mind you…). The food is very well executed and although the menu includes many gastro-pub favorites, the execution lies way beyond most such places. Also full points on constistency. The service is friendly and very efficient and value for money is good as well, especially considering the locaiton. Keep up the good work!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Shireen L. 29 January 2012

Had high hopes. Interesting venue, great view, shabby chic decor, child friendly. Tick. Hopes dashed. Service lackadaisical at best; rude at worst. Disinterested waitress who never smiled. Even though only 2 others in the restaurant it took too long for our order to be taken and for the food to arrive. The drinks were prompt. Medium rare steak was medium. Medium one was medium rare. Had they go them the wrong way round I asked? Waitress did not know and headed off to ask. By then too late to swap as half of one had been eaten. Asked for mine to be re cooked. It arrived when all had finished. Spinach side was cold and unevenly cooked. Chips were great, but man cannot live on chips alone. Puddings looked great and generous. Profiteroles were hard – over refridgerated? All in all, expensive ordinary. £270 for 5 people. Crowning glory on departure. Could not find coats which had been taken by waitress. Waiter gestured to hooks with many coats on. Couldn't find coats. Asked him to help. He said “Just look”. When I said I had but couldn't find them he shrugged. I said that was not great service. He said “Don't come back then”. I won't.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Umberto S. bronze reviewer 15 December 2011

Staff were attentive, friendly and polite, but the food overall was disappointing. I had pork belly, which was tasty but not it was clearly re-heated from the previous day, so quite heavy to digest. For dessert I had chocolate hot pot, which was very dry and nowhere near what it's supposed to look like and taste. Ambience is minimalist to the point that it feels like eating in a school canteen

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

Chris R. 08 September 2010

Having booked to eat with a work associate at this restaurant for lunch today we arrived to find it empty barring two other tables. The staff were pleasant and polite and suggested that we instead eat outside on the terrace. What a mistake. To summarize succinctly, the food was of poor quality and overcooked, the service inept at best and indifferent at worst with the staff more interested in conversing amongst themselves than waiting table. There were at times moments that could only be described as Pythonesque. Needless to say my enthusiasm to return is slim to none.

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