London: Tom’s Kitchen

This is the fourth post in the overseas trip series to Iceland and London.

As luck would have it, a friend whom I had not seen in many years was also in London during the same time I was there. Once we found out, we made quick plans to meet and catch up. As this was the Christmas season, there was some difficulty with restaurant hunting. Most restaurants usually shut down for the Christmas week or are booked up early on. Luckily, I managed to secure a reservation at Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea and we were set.

The restaurant is a good 10 – 15 minute walk from the South Kensington tube. Luckily, South Kensington is a relatively safe neighbourhood, so it didn’t feel too dodgy walking around the area at night.

The restaurant was relatively empty when we arrived, but it filled up quickly enough. We had some wine to start. The restaurant has a decently priced wine list with prices from £20.

For starters, we all wanted the same one and ended up getting it – the spicy crab cake with cucumber and chili relish (£11).
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We got the roast beef sharing plate of the day which came with fries and béarnaise sauce (£60) The beef was cooked perfectly and was very tasty.
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Another main we had was the slow cooked pork belly served with honey parsnips, pork and apply sauce (£19). The pork belly was equally delicious as well.
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For dessert, we had the following two to share:
Plum tart (£8) with almonds and sour cream ice cream. The plum tart was baked well, though we didn’t really get the sour cream ice cream.
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Chocolate and Peanut butter fondant with vanilla ice cream (£8). A very nice dessert, loved the addition of peanut butter.
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I thought that this was a solidly executed meal. None of the dishes stood out in particular, but they were all well done and the servers were very efficient and friendly as well. Sometimes, that’s all you want from a restaurant – good food, drink and a warm atmosphere where you can catch up with your friends.

Add: 27 Cale St, Chelsea, London

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