Lunch @ Tom’s Kitchen – Somerset House, Strand

On the opposite bank of the Thames is the National Theatre.  Rock and I will meander over the bridge later to see Ralph Fiennes in Man and Superman.  On this side of the river is Somerset House where we are docking at Tom’s Kitchen to have lunch.

It is a beautiful sunny day and the brasserie style restaurant is equally bright and breezy.  I choose the Beef Cheeks moored on a bed of root mash and Rock picks the Shepherds Pie.  The Beef Cheeks are unbelievably tender and the whole dish has a real depth of flavour.  Rock loves the Shepherds Pie – a great English classic.

My mouth is dry on this warm day and needs a stream of something cool to drink.  I’m delighted to find they have one of my favourite lagers – Curious Brew sourced from a vineyard in Kent.

For dessert we share Queen of Puddings.  A raspberry sediment with brioche soaked in a channel of custard and all topped with peaked sails of soft meringue.  If you like really sweet puddings, this is a winner.  Unfortunately, it was just too sweet for us.

Overall, lunch was a really enjoyable experience……we’ll call at this port again!


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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