Tom's Kitchen

Restaurants , European Temple
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Rob Greig
Tom's Kitchen

Occupying part of historic Somerset House near the river, Tom’s Kitchen is made up of a bar room, and three interlinking dining rooms, all pleasant, high-ceilinged spaces with little personality. Large modern canvases hang on white walls; seating is a mix of banquettes, booths and chairs at modern wooden tables. Tom Aikens runs the place in conjunction with the Compass Group, and there is a slight air of the corporate about the place, dispelled on our evening visit by charming, solicitous service.

The menu is divided into ‘classics’ (grilled open steak sandwich, nicely garlicky, and served with watercress, tomato, shallot rings and excellent, triple-cooked chips) and seasonal dishes (rich venison casserole with root vegetable mash and a slighty-too-sweet gravy). There are also daily specials (smooth butternut squash soup, very tomatoey risotto), and a short list of puds. Maple syrup and cinnamon-stick crème brûlée did the job, but the baked alaska (only available to share) may have offered more excitement. Weekend brunch adds eggy dishes and hefty salads to the mix.

All decent enough, but with few fireworks, and one big drawback – the prices are simply too high for the quality on offer. Also on the premises are Tom’s Deli (a daytime café) and Tom’s Terrace (on the terrace facing the Thames, open spring and summer only).


Venue name: Tom's Kitchen
Address: Somerset House
Cross street: Strand
Opening hours: Brunch served 10am-4pm Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Temple
Price: Main courses £12.50-£29.50
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The Man on the Street

Tucked away in Somerset House, I feel this place surely exists for the people who work there. However, its become a bit of a favourite for me when I am on The Strand. The staff are friendly and I choose from the light menu. Fish cakes and chips might not be the healthiest of options, but when it comes to just over £50 for three of us with soft drinks at lunch - and we are not rushed out the door - I put it down as a find !