Wednesday, 18 January 2017
New opening: Tom's Kitchen
My first blog event of the year! Tom's Kitchen opened right at the end of December but they sensibly waited until we were a couple of weeks into the year before hosting a launch party.
As always, launch parties are jolly good fun with plenty of free booze and canapes floating around and the opportunity to chat to folks you haven't seen in some time. Not a true representation of what the restaurant will be like but a good opportunity to look around.
We were given tours of the restaurant in groups. There's an ample bar area, restaurant seating stretching out into the Mailbox and a couple of private dining rooms.
I loved the feel of the place: both classic and current at the same time. Think wooden panelling, leather benches and 60's style chairs in muted colours, wine bottles on display and stylish light fittings.
The bar serves beers, wines and a small selection of classic cocktails, you will also be able to buy bar snacks such as fish and chips, meat boards and a burger.
The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and brunch at the weekend. Expect classic British cooking- steak, pork belly, plenty of fish. Prices seem to be about £5 more for a main than the average restaurant so I'm looking forward to seeing whether the price is justified.
Outside in the Mailbox 'Urban Room' there is also a deli where coffee, lunches and fizz will be available daily. I really like that The Mailbox and Tom's Kitchen are using the space like this.
Here we were able to listen to a live band, drink plenty of prosecco (I tried to be good and not drink too much, I've got this pesky job) mingle with other local foodies and even meet Tom Aikens himself.
Canapes were a good selection of produce which will appear on the menu- chicken liver pate, smoked salmon, steak tatare and whipped ricotta with a beautiful balsamic vinegar topping.
Finally a mini version of lemon meringue pie which was incredible- light, sweet merinuge, thin, crispy pastry and the most zingy, creamy lemon filling. I don't usually rant about canapes but this was lovely- I hope the full size is just as good.
A lovely evening celebrating the launch of Tom's Kitchen. I'm excited to return!
Tom's Kitchen, The Mailbox
Food and drink were complimentary. A blog post was not required.
Photos by Helen and Edd.