This weeks Posh Lunch Club is a little different. I was treated to a preview of a Cornish Simple Pleasures menu at Tom’s Kitchen in Kensington, a showcase of some of the finest Cornish produce. Very much a fishy affair with MSC certified Cornish mackerel and Cornish mullet fresh from Cornish day boats taking the stage for the starter and main course, with Apple Tart Fine and Cornish Kelly’s Ice Cream (indulgently made with clotted cream) for dessert.
A little first on MSC certification. The MSC’s fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel recognise and reward sustainable fishing. By promoting the best environmental choices in seafood, they are helping to protect the over fished and traumatised sea beds, and hopefully, will ensure that as a result, there will be fish available for everyone for years to come. That of course is dependant on us the consumers making more responsible choices and supporting what they do when we shop and eat out. I try to, and it’s becoming easier, there’s a handy guide on their website if you’d like more information. A good fishmonger should be able to help you out too.
Tom’s Kitchen in Kensington is a bright, relaxing and airy space. Offering a more rustic menu than michelin starred sister restaurant, Tom Aikens, it offers breakfasts of homemade granola, pancakes, eggs, weekend brunches, lunch and dinner. We went for a mid week lunch.
We started with a Grilled Cornish Mackerel Salad with baby watercress, boiled eggs and bacon dressing. This was very light and with the exception of the naughty but delicious bacon dressing felt very healthy. Very simple but well executed, I really enjoyed it.
Roast Fillet of Cornish Mullet with slow roast tomatoes and olive sauce was delivered for mains. The mullet had been roasted in a wood oven and had a delicate smoky flavour with perfectly crisp skin and sweet delicate flesh beneath. The roast tomatoes and olive sauce was a wonderful complement aside the meaty potatoes. It was light, yet perfectly filling and very enjoyable.
Dessert was an indulgent Apple Tart Fine with Kelly’s Honeycomb Ice Cream. I am not usually a sucker for dessert but the rich simplicity of this was divine, and the honeycomb clotted cream ice cream was rich, creamy and delicious. I ensured that I nabbed some for my freezer soon after!
The food was a charming in its simplicity and was so summery, fresh and healthy that I am sure it will be snapped up. It’s also a bit of a bargain at £23.50. The Cornish menu will be available until the 11th July and is available for lunchtimes only. If I have any criticism it’s that, even though I enjoyed everything that I had, it would have been an improvement to have a choice of courses. It has also awakened my ache to be near the seaside and to see some sun. I can’t wait for my trip home at the end of the month, the sea is assured, the sun, well, we can but hope.