Tom’s Kitchen in Canary Wharf
Decent, homemade British comfort food is at a premium these days, and for years Tom’s Kitchen has shown how it’s done in their venues at Chelsea and Somerset House. Tom Aikens, now a recognised TV chef, has been cooking since the age of 16 and opened his first restaurant in Chelsea in 2003 to rave reviews and accolades, including a Michelin star in 2004. Now it’s time for his friendly approach to food to be introduced to the corporate Canary Wharf.
Receiving a warm welcome on entering through the bar area of the new Tom’s Kitchen located in Westferry Circus, one feels immediately comfortable in this friendly yet elegant set up. With classic brasserie-inspired décor, cute potted plants provide the homely touch amongst a sophisticated arrangement of mirrors and a stylish assortment of low-hanging lamp shades that dangle from the ceiling.
Once shown through to the restaurant area a glass of champagne was immediately available, and what a glass it was. Supplied by Berkmann’s Wine Cellars, the champagne was predominantly chardonnay; light and less full-bodied, it went down a dream. Needless to say, one soon became three as the ever-attentive staff never allowed an empty glass.
The buzzing atmosphere happily incorporated the pleasures of eating as the canapés were rolled out. The Satay Chicken and Spicy Crab Cake with Tomato Salsa Dip were piping hot and perfectly cooked as they made their way round. The vegetarian option of Basil, Mascarpone and Sun-dried Tomato tartlets was equally delectable, but the Mini Beef Burgers stole the show. The meat, 21-day aged Black Label premier, is sourced from reputable local farms (per Tom’s commitment) in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. It had real flavour that could be fully appreciated as it was not concealed by excessive condiments. A sweet treat of softly flavoured Milk Chocolate Mousse Profiteroles with flaked almonds topped things off nicely. All in all the canapés were a delightful taste of what was to come from the full day menu.
Catering for 130 in the restaurant alongside an outdoor terrace, a private dining area and a deli next door, Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf has a lot to offer. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it will appeal to both the local business elite and residents with the prices being reasonable. However, due to the location it is perhaps not worth going out of your way for unless you’re in the area anyway, want to put on an event or are a big Tom’s Kitchen fan. If you do make the pilgrimage though, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Tom’s Kitchen: 53/60
To book a table at Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf, 11 Westferry Circus, London E14 4HD, call 020 3011 1555 or visit here.