The Belsize Kitchen is independently run and owned by a New Zealand born chef, Adrian Stoddard. Originally from Auckland he has been working and living in the UK since 2005.
His work experience starts in New Zealand, working with a French Head chef for 4 1/2 years in a bistro restaurant, which involved classic French cuisine, breakfast, lunch and dinner, and pizza, another year was spent running a small kitchen for a newly opened cafe in Auckland.
The UK is where he really learnt his trade, working in a five star hotel resort in Cornwall, The Absolute Ice Bar in Heddon Street and most recently as Head Chef of The Lord Stanley pub in Camden.
Adrian also has a Diploma in Hospitality Management and personally a passion for using fresh seasonal ingredients to make simply, well cooked food without too much fuss.
Opening his own place has always been a dream of his, so he can share his food and passion with the public and use his creativity to inspire great menus.
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:3
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
Despite having to shoot straight off to a rugby game afterwards, I took the gamble of wolfing down some French toast at the Belsize Kitchen last Saturday. Turns out it was worth it - thick eggy slices of bread smothered in syrup. The americano I had alongside it was also very good coffee.
One of my party ordered the scrambled eggs with chorizo - this looked pretty choice - but in hindsight I think I did make the right decision not to go for this or any other of the meaty dishes; not the kind of things I wanted to be belching up while running around :-/ The same diner was distraught to find that - hold your breath rye bread lovers - her preferred rye bread had been discontinued :-O and had to mkae do with their sourdough bread, which, to me, looked like a fair consilation.
All in all, a really good weekend brunch, chilled out and good quality. The staff could have been a little friendlier, but it still edges 5 stars!!
The food in this excellent little place has that elusive quality which reminds you of creative home cooking: nourishing, and more-ish. I had a sirloin steak with pepper sauce, french fries, and a side-order of broccoli: it comes with aioli and salad, and I must say I thought it was absurdly underpriced. Excellent desserts include Eton Mess, and a yummy Pavlova.