When we visited Tom’s (formerly Tom’s Deli) last year, we loved the look and feel, but were underwhelmed by the food. Since then the old décor has been stripped back and replaced with a contemporary look. Now billing itself as a 12-month pop-up, Tom Conran is still at the helm (he has four restaurants along Westbourne Grove), but he’s brought in the Blumenthal-trained Tom Straker for the stint. The new Tom’s menus are based around produce from Conran’s Herefordshire family farm, complete with an on-trend smoker in the garden. So far, so promising.
For a busy Saturday-morning breakfast, the tables were filled with freshly pressed or artfully distressed West Londoners fuelling up before a saunter along Portobello Road. We sat at the backroom counter and watched slightly stressed-out staff hurry to and fro. Our coffee arrived quickly; the orange juice we asked for twice never turned up. The menu is modestly ambitious – the duck eggs are slow-cooked, and served with generous shavings of parmesan and a bacon and onion brioche.
Our french toast was sweet and light, the fresh fruit syrup coming through as a sharp bite of young berries. A princely plate of scrambled eggs, treacle-cured bacon and grilled sourdough also surpassed expectations. The lunch menu follows the same line of sophisticated takes on recognisable dishes: veal ravioli with pancetta broth, or white onion soup with basil and ricotta. Like the décor, the pricing and the creativity have been revved up a notch, turning Tom’s into a high-class local café. While we preferred the previous, more distinctively ‘tuck shop’ look of the place, we’re definitely happy with the new menu.
|Venue name:||New Tom's||Contact:|
226 Westbourne Grove
|Opening hours:||9am-5pm Mon, Tue, Wed; 9am-11.30pm Thu, Fri, Sat; 9.30am-4.30pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Notting Hill Gate|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
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Was pretty good. He ordered an Americano me a Mocha, they came quickly and were ok quality, mine lacking in choc omph and his was bitter so prob slightly over extracted. The1st server had lost interest in taking our food order so I snaffled the bringer of drinks and we had the pancakes both ways and the eggs royale, basically eggs with hollandaise & salmon ... décor was pretty cool and kept me occupied visually while I ravenously awaited the meal. I had the bacon and maple syrup version of the pancakes and was super underwhelmed when it arrived, but, it tasted way better than it looked. The pancakes were lovely and light, the Maple syrup was generously portioned and the bacon perfectly smoked. The crème fraiche and blueberry pancakes looked way cooler and Im told were great as was the egg royale, the salmon especially was noteworthy.. All in this cost about £50 which is on the pricey side, not exorbitant. Staff were a little dispassionate and some inexplicable weirdness at the till - once again a compulsory service charge added to the bill which I resent on a fundamental level - surely this should be digressionary based on actual service received??? Good for a step up from my local fare prob wont become a regular.