Tom Aikens Restaurant

I couldn’t think of a better restaurant to do my first review on than Tom Aikens Restaurant. The restaurant is located near South Kensington Tube station on Elystan Street in a lovely part of Chelsea (it is right near one of my favourite shops, Jane Asher, on Cale Street where you can find all bits and pieces for baking, but that is a separate story).

I was lucky enough to arrange within a 36 hour period a reservation for 9 people the week before Christmas to have the 6 course taster menu as part of the preview before the restaurant re-opens to the public on 12 January.

First of all, within those 9 people there were a number of dietary requirements to be catered for. Me being gluten-free, another friend is vegetarian and allergic to fish and an ex- vegetarian who does not eat raw meat. All of these dietary issues were not an issue to cater for (as you would expect from a restaurant of this calibre).  As we were dining as a preview to the restaurant pre-opening to the public, there was just our table and other table of 6 in that night.

The menu was a culinary trip – I can’t say that I have ever had a whole dish which comprised of turnips done a number of different ways, and neither did I think I’d like it, which I did! Roast foie gras, venison, tartare, roast john dory, Romney lamb, beetroot granite were all items on the menu and a selection of other munchies as part of a second dessert.

By far the most interesting dish was the beetroot granite. I never expected to ever have beetroot in a number of different ways for a dessert.

The service was very attentive (but not too attentive), however, as I mentioned earlier, there were only 2 tables in the restaurant at the time. With great company, great food and tasty wine, it was a great success of an evening – all 9 of us agreed!



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