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Tom Aikens

About Tom Aikens

toptable Dining Awards 2007 - Runner-up: Best Food category

Smart, exclusive, high-quality and worth every penny - Tom Aikens fits chi-chi Chelsea like a glove. Celebrities, business people and locals alike are flocking to the new destination restaurant to discover for themselves if the gastronomic modern French cuisine really is up there with the likes of Gordon Ramsay’s. Delectable dishes include roasted foie gras with beetroot pickle and syrup, and roast langoustines with peas and braised veal shin. Formal fine dining in Anouska Hempel Design created surroundings this may be, but stiff-backed penguin-suited waiters are nowhere to be seen. Led by a young, talented husband and wife team, Tom Aikens scooped the ’London Restaurant of the Year’ award at the Tio Pepe ITV London Restaurant Awards 2003. Prizes and glam aside, there’s even at times a community feel to the place, an attribute that has much to do, no doubt, with the secluded Elystan Street location. Awarded a Michelin star within 10 months of opening, and a second added not far after that.

Please note that Tom Aikens restaurant only takes bookings up to 1 month in advance. Should you request a booking further in advance to this, your booking confirmation will be delayed.

Top tips for booking Tom Aikens:
Getting into London's top restaurants can be tough. Here are some top tips for booking success:

- Book in advance. Top restaurants fill up quickly -- requesting your booking up to three weeks in advance (or more if you can) will help to get you through the door.

- Look for alternative days. Friday and Saturday evenings are the most popular times to dine out. Try dining earlier in the week - Mondays or Tuesdays are good bets.

- Be flexible with times. The most popular booking times are in the mid-evening, so take a look at dining earlier in the evening or even late at night, around 10pm or after.



Sample a la carte

Starter

- Poached ray wing with apple tapioca, parsley oil, celeriac and apple rémoulade
- Pickled artichoke with artichoke mousse, pink fir and charlotte potatoes and artichoke purée
- Roast langoustine with glazed veal shin, pumpkin macaroni and pumpkin sauce (£10 supplement)
- Slow poached pheasant with pickled mushrooms, walnuts and foie gras mousse

Other starters are available.

Main Course

- Baked fillet of sea bass with sautéed fennel, lemon purée, green olive tapenade and fennel soup
- John Dory poached in mint oil with smoked eel, cauliflower crème and cauliflower florets
- poached turbot with clams, crab gnocchi, leek and sorrel
- Roast loin of roe deer with beetroot risotto, venison mince, cured venison, hazelnut butter and red salad leaves
- Roast salt marsh lamb with sheep's cheese tart, quince purée and braised shallot
- Slow roast suckling pigs' leg with cutlet and loin, braised celery and celery purée (£10 supplement)

Dessert

- A selection of desserts are available.



Additional Information


Address:

43 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT

Nearest tube:

South Kensington
£65.00 inclusive of VAT, optional 12.5% service will be added to your bill

Average Price:

£45 - £54

Opening times:

Mon - Fri 12pm - 2:30pm & 6:45pm - 11pm

Dress Code:

Smart
No: trainers, sports wear, t-shirts
Collar required
Jacket preferred



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