Consider the food offering at most of London’s main attractions and it’s no wonder that we have an admittedly undeserved reputation for less than brilliant food. However, by partnering with Michelin starred Tom Aikens, Somerset House has clearly shown an intention to provide its visitors with a food offering to be proud of.
In an exciting transformation of the previous Admiralty Restaurant, Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House mirrors the concept of Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea. The restaurant offers a menu of hearty British classics and a few simple European dishes using an outstanding array of seasonal ingredients.
Starters include everything from Gazpacho and Salmon rillette to a deeply decadent Chicken liver & fois gras parfait. Mains feature a faultless version of Tom’s signature Daylesford 7 hour Confit Lamb with balsamic onions & mash. Unfortunately the Fish pie, full of plenty of plump and quality seafood, is overwhelmed by the excessive use of herbs (tarragon I’d hazard a guess at). Desserts include a delicate Apple Tart Fine with cinnamon ice cream and a delicious Chocolate pot that suffers a similar fate as the Fish pie, by being overwhelmed by an artificial tasting pistachio ice cream. Prices aren’t cheap, at around £9 for a starter and £18 for mains, but portions are generous.
The venue itself is set across four rooms. Each restaurant space has been simply designed to highlight the features elegant Georgian rooms, including the high ceilings, arched windows and views of the River Terrace and River Thames beyond. There’s also a good sized bar area where the enthusiastic bar team are happy to serve up a range of interesting cocktails, along with the regular wines and beer. Visitors lucky to visit in the summer can also start/finish off their meal in Tom’s Terrace – a stylish Al Fresco area serving lighter bites and drinks.
Cuisine type: British
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £80
Tel: 0207 845 4646