Tom’s Kitchen is a jewel in Birmingham’s food crown, a great place to enjoy brunch, a pre-theatre meal, or a full blown three courses. Boasting a menu filled with quality ingredients and comfort food choices that actually look and taste beautiful, it is fair to say that it might not be the immediate choice if you were looking for a family meal. But that would most definitely be a mistake, as this Summer; on Saturday’s between 10 and 3pm, kids eat for free. I went along on Saturday with my family in order to taste test the menu and the see just how child friendly it proved. We were very impressed.
I got to chat to Tom last year, and he was quick to say how much his food choices are inspired by the wonderful home cooking of his mother. The brunch menu shows this, with lots of breakfast favourites as well as great cuts of steak, juicy burgers and traditional fish dishes that leave you spoilt for choice. The kids menu is great too, a combination of classic fish, pasta and chicken dishes, with not everything being served with chips (one of my main bugbears when it comes to dining with Joe.).
For starters we opted for Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with brioche, granola, dried fruit purée and Spicy Devonshire Crab Cake with cucumber & quinoa salsa. The chicken liver parfait was delicious, super smooth and creamy, with the mini brioche loaves making it a dish that not only tasted wonderful, but also looked great. The dried fruit puree added just a touch of tang, a little twist that gave the dish a lot of flavour. The crab cake was also very tasty, with wonderful quality crab that was light and flavoursome.
Joe had chosen from the kids eat free menu and had chosen crispy chicken, mash and peas. I liked that they asked if Joe would like his food as soon as it was ready, rather than being served with the adult mains, we all know how children get impatient when they are hungry, so this was a nice touch. Joe’s chicken was a decent sized portion, and the crispy skin had a lemon and breadcrumb coating that was delicious. Smooth mash and a small jug of gravy also kept Joe happy, and he cleared his plate – a sign of just how much he had enjoyed the meal.
For mains Pete chose the Tom’s Kitchen Burger whilst I went for a steak, the Cumbrian Rump Pavé Steak. The burger is garnished with aged cheddar, bacon, gherkins,tomato, onion relish and comes with triple cooked chips (which are delicious – soft and fluffy on the inside, nice and crispy on the outside, exactly how a chip should be.) The Tom’s burger was a big success with my burger loving hubby. It is beautifully presented and the patty is both hearty and super succulent, with the cheddar and bacon adding extra flavour.
My steak also came with those triple cooked chips and watercress salad. It was a beautiful cut of meat, very tender with very little fat. I have my steak medium and this was cooked to perfection – pink, but not flowing blood. With the peppery watercress and those perfect chips it was just a wonderful dish for a Saturday afternoon treat.
Joe had room for a dessert, an ice cream sundae with chocolate sauce which he devoured with relish, and Pete had a coffee, but I was already full from the lovely meal so left dessert to the little one.
I have to say that Tom’s Kitchen is a lovely place to enjoy Saturday lunch, and yes, I can also confirm it is child friendly with a menu that every child can enjoy.