Opened in early 2020, this new venture from Tom Aikens features a seasonal tasting menu; each floor of the two-floor restaurant on Groom Place will have an open kitchen.
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“Tom Aikens gave us a night of culinary genius on a plate. Unforgettable” – his “original, informal and fun” two-year-old Belgravia HQ continues to deliver a “superlative” experience. The “incredible plates of food are full of little flavour bombs” and “whilst the menu inspiration of dishes tied to his life story risks getting a little passé if you’re a regular, Tom does cook it well” (“it’s great that he is often actually there in person”). There’s “lovely trendy décor on both floors, and it’s a fantastic experience on the ground floor stools slap bang in front of Tom and the chefs who are so friendly and engaging”. Top Tip – perhaps reflecting Tom’s health-conscious, ultramarathon leanings, “dietary intolerances are well catered for” and “vegetables prepared in interesting and exciting ways”.
“A welcome return by Tom Aikens” – his “bijou” new Belgravia HQ debuted in January 2020 and was the best high-end opening of the year. Occupying a slightly wackily converted Belgravia townhouse, it’s very “cosy” with just 25 seats over two floors: six are at a counter on the ground floor overlooking the open kitchen and part of the entry lounge. As the name hints, culinary themes are inspired by musings on Tom’s life and upbringing (“don’t expect to recognise the dishes: eg ‘Conquering the Beech Tree’”). In the evening, choose from a seven-course (£95) or 10-course (£145) tasting menu: at lunch there’s also a three-course (£50) option. Results are “exceptional” (“even if the long background to each course is a bit OTT and risks being self-indulgent”) delivering “genius”, “light, fresh flavours” (“those looking for rich sauces and luxury ingredients will be disappointed”). And the experience is further enhanced by “an excellent sommelier, with a flair for wine pairings that enhance each course without a push for trophy wines that dominate the food”.
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"Every dish was perfection on a plate (or on a spoon, or stuck to a bowl!) and a wonderful, immersive experience through every course. Thoroughly enjoyed, can’t wait to go back and would recommend to everyone I know"
"Very inventive use of freshly sourced food and some exceptional moments- the chanterelle beurre blanc on the fish, an inspired combination of plum, onion and mint with ricotta. But the Michelin style accoutrements and staffing, together with heavy marble and brass décor, felt overdone in the tiny space. One was constantly aware of all the staff trying to move around one another or presenting the dishes to other tables which did not make for a relaxing experience. Not the fault of the very nice staff; space was just too tight"
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
38 Groom Place, London, SW1X 7BA
|Tuesday||6 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||6 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|