Monday, 16 July 2012

Cheers in Chelsea

Next stop Tom's Kitchen in Chelsea - fabulous casual brasserie style eatery, and rumoured haunt of a courting Wills and Kate.

Part of the empire of celebrity chef Tom Aikens, this is exactly my style of restaurant.
You can drink at the bar without having to order any food.
If you do order the food it is absolutely sensational.
The service is perfect. The exact right balance of professional, familiar and attentive.

And the environment is great: although I feel we are at risk of overdoing the whole industrial look right now, I really like the way it's done here.
The space is theoretically a little overstuffed, but in an orderly fashion.
And the elements, although potentially disparate, come together beautifully.
Industrial fans and lights amongst painted pillars.
Subway tiles with wood panelling.
Rusted courtyard mirrors alongside Old Master replicas.
All of which create the perfect mood for any tone.

Which really works for me, because I can be all about anything from a quick tete a tete over a glass of wine to a long and noisy boozy lunch, and Tom's Kitchen offers all of this.

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