Fantastic Food at Tom’s Kitchen

Mimi ON Sep 24, 2010 AT 2:22 am

Tom’s Kitchen, Somerset House.

By John Gregory-Smith

Tom Aikens is a truly great British Chef who concentrates on fresh, local and seasonal produce. I recon he is the perfect British chef to look at over British Food Fortnight.

Tom opened his first Restaurant, Tom Aikens Restaurant, in Chelsea in 2003 and gained a Michelin star a year later. In 2006 he opened Tom’s Kitchen, a more informal restaurant, serving wonderful brassiere food in the heart of Chelsea.

More recently he has opened Tom’s Kitchen Somerset House, which mirrors the brassiere style food of Tom’s Kitchen, in the beautiful Neo Classical setting of Somerset House overlooking the Thames. The new restaurant is simple and bright, with a lovely bar greeting you as you walk in and several intimate dining rooms leading off that overlooking the river. The food is fantastic and makes use of great British produce, including Dalesford 7 hour Confit Lamb with Balsamic Onions and Mash.

I recently had a fantastic lunch at Tom’s Kitchen Somerset House where I enjoyed wonderful food to the last of the summer sunshine. For my starter I went for the Devon crab, shaved fennel and orange salad that was crisp and light with loads of beautiful sweet crab meat and a slightly tart orange dressing, which I ate in seconds. My main course was the slow roast pork belly, which was served in a neat block, as crispy as you like, with a full-on rich sage jus and the best mustard mash I have had in ages. Pudding was a serious affair with a chocolate hot pot and pistachio ice cream. It was more like a chocolate soufflé than a hot pot. But frankly any pot of hot, oozing chocolate and ice cream that good is fine by me, whatever it may be called.

Tom’s Kitchen Somerset House is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves brunch on the weekends. It’s great British food in a truly amazing setting and I can’t recommend it enough.

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