Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen, Chelsea

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This review is actually since May (!) when my dear friends Maria, Daniel and their toddler Otto were in town. It was a lovely Saturday that we spent shopping along the Kings Road, which must have been torture for little Otto so we took him to a playground nearby where he could run around, go on the swings and play with other kids. The playground was absolutely packed with kids, from toddlers to young teens, and the volume high so after an hour or so us grown-ups were exhausted and were extremely happy to go for dinner.

I had booked us a table at Tom’s Kitchen, which I had been wanting to try for a while, because it is a very child-friendly restaurant. And sure thing, as soon as we were seated at the table Otto got a drawing book and crayons, it was also very accessible to the nappy change and place to leave the pram.

We intermediately liked the rustic interior with chunky wooden tables, open kitchen and black and white photos on the wall. The menu is similarly rustic with burgers, charkuterie boards and fish cakes to choose from.

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We all had a burger each, with cheese. Daniel and I had the truffle chips (yum!) and Maria the regular chunky chips which were great too. Maria and I shared a caraff of red Rioja and Daniel had a pale ale to drink.

And the burger? It was ginormous and absolutely delicious! For me there are two types of burgers taking over London; the more American patty which is finely ground and thinner and the chunkier ground large patty British burger. This one belongs to the latter category and is the best chunky burger I’ve had. The seasoning was spot on and really enhanced the meat flavour. The bread, chips and condiments were also perfect, and I like it when a restaurant serves homemade ketchup.

The service was great too, although one waitress was a bit too friendly. Once the food was on the table we just wanted to dive right in, not chit-chat, but she was just trying to be nice so nothing to remark on really.

Tom’s Kitchen, 27 Cale Street, Chelsea, London SW3 3QP

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