Harden's survey result
These “smart” casual dining venues in Chelsea and Canary Wharf win most acclaim for their “top breakfasts” and the Somerset House outlet has “a fabulous location on the river (outside in summer)”. The food is “decent” but gives no particular hints of much connection with chef Tom Aikens, who founded the group.
Erstwhile haute cuisine star Tom Aikens has switched his focus to these casual diners in recent years. Fans (the majority) praise their “lively” staff and “good bistro cooking at friendly prices”, but ratings are still dragged down by numerous reports of “slapdash” results.
“For a serious weekend breakfast”, fans do tip Tom Aikens’s casual bistros (particularly the backstreet Chelsea original), but overall they give an impression that’s decidedly “average”.
“They need to up their game” at Tom Aikens’s supposedly upmarket, casual bistro chain – with its “disorganised” service, “hit-and-miss” cooking and “lack of ambience”, it’s just “all a bit ordinary”.
Tom’s Kitchen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"One of the nicest lunches I have had in the wharf, although that's not saying much as this may be where good restaurant chains come to die."
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