We review Tom's Kitchen Birmingham - the newest addition to The Mailbox's food and drinks scene. 

Our Verdict:

Greeted warmly by the front of house staff upon our arrival, we were shown to our table nestled at the back of the venue with a great view of the whole restaurant; a modern, open-planned space complete with plush leather seats, quirky artwork and impeccably shiny tiled walls. Tom’s Kitchen is at once both cosy and edgy, with harsh industrial interior elements – the visible hanging carcass suspended behind glass would be at home in a real chop-house, yet is made to look like a charming sculptural piece (granted, in quite an eccentric way).

It’s clear to see the refined details present in the restaurant, right through from the table settings to the menu. Tom’s Kitchen as a brand is on point - the place has a relaxed feel, yet doesn’t feel informal. It’s an ideal place to take your date, go for an intimate family meal or a friendly drink with colleagues. It’s hard to feel anything other than content with the level of service received at Tom’s Kitchen; the waiters during our visit were constantly on the ball, topping up any diminishing drink levels and promptly taking orders. 

Faced with the British-inspired menu, I selected the ‘Meat & Fish Sharing Board’ for starters, with beautiful pieces of cured duck and an intriguing cod brandade. It’s a thoughtful menu, clearly created with care that manages to deliver hearty British flavours. For the main, I tucked into a ‘225g Cumbrian Rump Pavé Steak’ for a reasonable £25, which I asked to be served medium-rare - and it came so. My date was advised by the chef to take his ‘Shorthorn Rib-eye’ well done, which in hindsight was a good recommendation to ensure the marbling of fat was cooked through. Triple cooked chips and melt-in-the-mouth mash made excellent side portions. It’s food made with just enough fuss to elevate familiar flavours to new heights. 

Paired with a lovely Rioja, (Ramon Bilbao ‘Crianza’, Spain 2014), the meal was thoroughly enjoyable, and we were well looked after the entire evening. I would highly advise all foodies to try out Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham – the first venue established by the brand outside of London. Definitely head to the venue a little earlier than the time your table is booked for to try a pre-dinner cocktail. The seasonal beverages on offer are pretty lovely.

 

53, The Mailbox, Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RE

0121 289 5111 / tomskitchen.co.uk/birmingham-restaurant

 

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