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.