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27 Cale Street
020 7349 0202
With branches in Canary Wharf and St Katherine's Docks, Michelin-starred Tom Aikens’ boisterous, stripped-back brasserie side-line now has the makings of a mini-chain. Fans of robust British-inspired grub still congregate at the Cale Street original for bullish classics and seasonal dishes ranging from macaroni cheese, seven-hour confit lamb and shepherd’s pie to beetroot salad with pear and goats’ curd, roast wild duck with celeriac mash and port sauce or pumpkin cheesecake with spiced ice cream. Photos of ‘food hero' suppliers line the tiled walls, and the interior is a masculine (but not overbearing) mix of diminutive, tight-packed tables
and long benches. Despite its clean lines and smart attributes, the place can be let down by braying noise and big bills – although premier-league Chelsea prices don't deter the crowds, who also
pile in for full-English fry-ups (£13.50) and restorative weekend brunch.
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27 Cale Street
020 7349 0202
South Kensington Tube Station 538m
Sloane Square Tube Station 911m
Getty Images Gallery 229m
Chelsea Cinema 244m
Mon-Fri 8am-11.30am 12N-2.30pm 6pm-10.30pm Sat-Sun 10am-3.30pm 6pm-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)
Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea offers two areas that are available for private hire. Accommodating between 10 and 40 guests for seated meals, and up to 60 guests for standing receptions, the spaces offer great venues for a range of events, from birthdays to anniversaries, press launches to wedding receptions, corporate events to canapés parties – even children’s parties (Monday to Friday only).
The brasserie is also available for private hire.
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Food + drink: 3
My wife and I have always enjoyed our visits to Tom's Kitchen...especially for Brunch, an American concept that still hasn't seem to have quite caught on in London. We booked for this past Sunday for a Mother's Day Brunch but came away less than satisfied. Where there was once an attempt to make proper pancakes (akin to crepes), our recent visit saw a raised-flour, cake-like offering that didn't much resemble nor taste like a pancake at all! This was fine except that Eggs Royale came delivered on an untoasted piece of bread which resembled a crumpet rather than the a properly toasted English Muffin! What's happened? Why the changes away from the old standards? Sadly, the food just didn't live up to the wonderful atmosphere and the dependable service! Perhaps we'll try a proper lunch to see if these standards remain up to Tom's standards!!
Food + drink: 2
Visited at the weekend for the first time in over a year. Use to love the place, but has gone downhill. Food was cold, coffee tasted awful – and the overall vibe was off kilter- was packed so maybe they don’t have to try anymore. Won't return.
The lower level of Tom's Kitchen was busy and bustling with young families (the Chelsea kind, that is) on long benches and wooden tables – all very nice and cosy. Typically I had forgotten to book so we were seated upstairs, equally nice but quieter, which is a good thing, especially when children are involved. The decor was masculine but not overbearing; clean lines and simple, yet smart attributes.
Our waiter seemed confused at times. Pleasant enough fellow, just not ready for work that day I expect – sleepy, which could be misconstrued as boredom. He was also certain that we needed two extra sides, which we did not. Silly us for thinking the waiter may have had an idea of portion sizes.
The brunch looked gorgeous, but at 1.03pm, we were too late to experience it. Fair is fair…
I rarely order chicken in a restaurant, but I can’t resist an escalope. There’s something about breadcrumbs that tips me over the edge ever so slightly. This one was huge, juicy and the coating was coarse and crispy with excellent seasoning – also a hint of pesto, which wins big. It’s sheer size covered the balsamic sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers underneath and definitely did not require any sides, particularly braised red cabbage (as tangy as the balsamic) as recommended by Sleepy Waiter. OR the mixed lead salad, which was basically a cereal bowl sized mix of leaves – familiarly the same mix I buy in a bag from Tesco from around £1.. ‘The country has been scoured for the best ingredients, grown by the most dedicated producers’ reads the website. Hmm, ok. This miniature bowl was a whopping £4.25 – morally questionable. My dining partners’ bangers and mash was hearty but still maintained a fancy flair to make it not just S&M, and a grilled chicken and avocado salad was ‘nice’. Hardly the adjective equivalent of a compliment.
The food was nice, I’ll give it that (you must of noticed how many times the word nice has been used in the paragraphs leading up to this point), but for three mains, two juices and a cappuccino? ‘Nice’ doesn’t quite cut it for £90.
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