Fresh back from our incredible American adventure, and with a new engagement to celebrate, I wanted to book something a bit different to our usual choices for a special dinner. We’d visited Tom’s Kitchen on their launch night, and both liked it very much, so when I spotted a good deal for it on Book a Table, I went for it.
The deal I found offered 3 courses and a glass of Prosecco for £25 per person. We later realised the menu available with this deal is the same menu offered on the express lunch and pre-theatre offers (except with added prosecco), which is also a bit of a bargain. The options aren’t extensive, but there’s enough choices for everyone, I think.
The restaurant itself is lovely inside; all warm leather and references to the produce used in the food.
The bar seemed quite full, but the restaurant was actually empty when we arrived, so we had our pick of tables. I chose one by the kitchen, as I find being able to see in and watch the food being prepared is really interesting. Well chosen music and friendly staff stopped the empty restaurant from feeling void of all atmosphere, and other diners soon started arriving.
For starters, we both ordered Chicken Rillettes which come served with a fruit puree and pea shoots, on toast. If I was being fussy, I’d say my toast was a little over done, which made it hard to cut into, and I have to admit, I am fed up of being served things sitting on paper on boards. Any pressure from your knife, and the paper slides about and you have to work hard to cut your food instead of flinging it across the table by mistake. My desire for a plate aside, this was excellent. The pea shoots added lovely freshness, and the chicken was salty and flavoursome.
For a main course, I chose the Pork Escalope which comes with a niçoise salad and a soft boiled egg. Light and fresh, this dish was perfectly seasoned, with a well-dressed salad. The pork was still tender, and full of moisture. A perfect summer evening dish.
Dave’s Grilled Mackerel Fillets came with a herb crust, crushed tarragon potatoes and gribiche sauce. It looked very tempting on the plate, and the piece of fish I stole was flaky and perfectly cooked. Dave reported that the fish was beautifully seasoned and the potatoes were soft and fluffy.
We decided to split a portion of Triple Cooked Chips with the addition of truffle, which were honestly the absolute highlight of the meal. The chips were huge, and fluffy inside, and crispy outside. The added truffle brought so much extra flavour, and like everything else we ate at Tom’s, the seasoning was perfection. These were easily the best chips I’ve ever eaten.
For dessert, we both chose the Iced Raspberry Parfait which come with honeycomb, meringue, pistachio and mango sorbet. Almost too pretty to eat, this dish was colourful and summery on the plate. The parfait was creamy, and perfectly paired with the tangier sorbet.
We had an excellent evening at Tom’s Kitchen, and with the deal, a very reasonably priced one! I’ve seen this deal on Book A Table a lot, so it’s worth checking what offers are on there if you are thinking of booking a table at Tom’s Kitchen. I promise I’m not affiliated with them at all; I just love their deals, and book most of our restaurant meals through them.
Our meal was paid for in full by ourselves, aside from an extra glass of fizz as a congratulations from our waitress on our engagement. All opinions are honest and my own, or extracted from Dave. They didn’t know I was a blogger.