Tom's Kitchen St Katharine Docks

1 Commodity Quay, St. Katharine Docks , London, E1W 1AZ

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SquareMeal Review of Tom's Kitchen St Katharine Docks

Set on the newly developed Commodity Quay with views across east London’s only marina, this branch of Tom’s Kitchen broadly follows the blueprint of its siblings around the capital. Warm timbers, a marble bar, leather banquettes and tiled walls festooned with portraits of Tom Aikens’ trusted suppliers set the tone, while the glass facade opens out onto a floating pontoon (due to open Spring 2015). The menu takes its cue from sustainably sourced British seasonal produce, although it’s broad-minded enough to include a few items from elsewhere: expect the likes of spicy crab cakes, haddock with a sweetcorn fritter, parsley and girolles, spatchcock baby chicken, truffled macaroni cheese or seven-hour confit lamb ahead of baked Alaska, jazzed-up profiteroles and flourless chocolate cake. The adjacent deli deals in sandwiches, soups, salads, jam-filled doughnuts and suchlike.

Photography credits: Claire Menary and David Griffen
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6.3

Food & Drink: 7.3

Service: 6.3

Atmosphere: 6.3

Value: 8.7

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Sarah E. bronze reviewer 14 May 2016

Had such a wonderful evening, great restaurant and in a perfect location. Food was really good we tried the new Mac and cheese Friday menu which was really nice and a great choice of drinks also available I will definitely be recommending your restaurant to others and I can't wait to return.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 01 September 2015

The London restaurant scene is competitive across almost every part of the capital, and St Katherine’s Dock is no exception. This rather curious outpost of town – neither the City nor the East End, combining tourists from the Tower of London and suited office workers – has a plethora of options, one of which is Tom’s Kitchen, a cheerily English mini-chain. However, based on a recent weekday lunchtime visit here, there is no reason to return. Given the competition, it’s never been easy running a restaurant, but it’s certainly not rocket science, and Tom’s Kitchen failed conspicuously, even at the most basic, both in terms of food and service. The a la carte options here comprise around a dozen starters and slightly more mains, priced reasonably and bordering ever so slightly on the inventive side of traditional English. Owing to time constraints, my comrade and I opted for the set menu, perhaps not quite so exciting, but at the very least, a showcase for the place’s talents. We both began with a cold leek and potato soup. Despite their being two of us at our table and the place being far from busy, our server only brought one to the table and seemed genuinely surprised when we explained that – clearly – two of us had ordered the set menu. It was barely worth the wait for the second; one was even too much. The soup had to be among the blandest ever tasted, not even improved by the liberal addition of pepper. No bread was even offered to offset the pervasive sense of ennui. Maybe our server also realised this since he reappeared to whip away the dishes before my comrade had even put down his spoon. The mains were not quite so egregiously bad, more acceptable, plaice for me and pork belly for my comrade. Again, however, the server (a different one this time) pounced on our plates as we were forcing down our last mouthful. At least the bill was good value (a free drink – scant compensation perhaps – was thrown in), but Tom’s Kitchen will need to up both its food and service if it is to endure here.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 4.0

Jan d. silver reviewer 25 June 2015

A hurriedly arranged dinner with a friend arriving unexpectedly to London resulted in a Monday night booking at Toms Kitchen St Katharine Docks. Arriving at 9.30pm on a Monday night to a half empty restaurant we certainly did not expect to be met with the news that half of the menu highlights (our initial choices) were unavailable (no cushion of Herdwick Lamb, no Gateland farm Veal T Bone Steak, no mussels etc) and a waiter whose English was so unintelligible that it took the 3 of us between us to decipher what he was on about, nice guy that he was!! (just like the Grange Hotel St Paul's - try talking to them on the telephone to book anything!!!). However, the lack of those dishes was as nothing compared to how desperately uncomfortable the wooden seats are. These are comfortably (sic) the most uncomfortable seats in London and after 20 minutes all three of us were in serious discomfort. Thankfully, with a pretty empty restaurant (it was close to 10pm by this time) we were able to move to one of the banquettes and had our meal in far greater comfort. Thankfully, after this very inauspicious start, what came afterwards was delicious and well presented - we started with pork rillettes to share...classily home made coarse pork rilletes were just delicious and when asked, they were good enough to find us some cornichons to go with them: after all, serving rillettes without cornichons is like having scones without jam and cream!! Come on Tom!!!! Between us we then had a Cumbrian T Bone staek, a rump steak both cooked perfectly and brimming with flavour, served with probably the best triple cooked chips I have eaten in London and delightfully crisp onion rings. The side of mushrooms with blue cheese were also sensational and my wife's scallops cooked in puff pastry with dill and sea herbs were very nicely served in 2 dinky frypans and were wonderful. Wine list was good and we had a very good Languedoc Viognier with a an excellent Salice Salentino Riserva, from Puglia to follow. Summary - delicious food and wine - couldn't fault it. Would we go back? Not until they change those b----y chairs!!!

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From: 02 October 2017

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