At the weekend Dr W and I got dolled up. It was date night and for the first time in ages we were headed into Brum for it. A wonderful dinner at Tom’s Kitchen in the Mailbox lay ahead.
Tom’s Kitchen opened last year in the Mailbox. Dr W and I have actually been wanting to go for ages but hadn’t made it! When we were invited, it wasn’t going to be a no, and it was quite exciting as Tom had been on Saturday Kitchen that morning. His food looked wonderful, which got our mouths watering.
Drinks and Nibbles
We were seated at our table and immediately took to ordering a glass of wine each. I opted for the Sauvignon Blanc and Dr W the Malbec. Whilst we perused the menu some juicy olives were popped on the table to nibble on. Already the servers showing their attention to detail. The specials were run through and we were left to it for a bit. This was nice as it gave us both the chance to chat but also choose dinner in less of a rush.
To start I ordered the Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait. Spoiler alert. I won the battle of the starters. Soft toasted brioche with sweet chutney and a lighter than light parfait. I was concerned with the bread that it may be a bit over filling, but it was the perfect portion size.
Dr W picked the Confit Duck Ballotine. This ballotine was wrapped in delicious parma ham and served with sweet flavours from piccalilli, fruit chutney, pickled shallots. The duck was tender and everything complemented each other. There was nothing wrong with the dish at all but we both agreed I won the battle. Haha!
Mains and Sides
For my main I went with the Mussels. I can’t say no to mussels and I chatted to the staff about the seafood and the meat, all picked for their quality and I just couldn’t say no. These meaty mussels were served with a garlic & shallot cream sauce, and of course fries. The sauce was incredible, the mussels were filling and of decent size – I was incredibly impressed with such a “simple” dish.
Dr W can never turn down game. It’s his thing. So it was no surprise that he picked the Loin of Venison. This came with salt baked celeriac, savoy cabbage and a juniper & blueberry jus. I had to stop him from licking the plate clean of the jus. Luckily he soaked it up with the Spring Onion Mashed Potato we ordered on the side. We also ordered some Buttered Greens because health!
We finished off with a round of cocktails and dessert! We weren’t going to let dinner end just yet… I opted for the Margarita, my only gripe is that it was served in a martini glass and there was no salted rim. But it was a good margarita all the same. Dr W opted for the classic Sidecar, he’d not tried before and at first wasn’t sure, but he actually really liked it!
For dessert I chose the Pineapple Tarte Tatin with Stem Ginger Ice Cream. This was sweet and sour, the pineapple worked really well. I couldn’t really taste the ginger in the ice cream, but the cooling ice cream complemented the warm tarte tatin perfectly. Dr W picked the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Marquise. This came with salted caramel ice cream and a sprinkling of peanut brittle. Dr W seriously enjoyed this, but then this is the perfect dessert for him. I’m not really a chocolate dessert person, but I did try a bit and it was pretty darn tasty!
Overall dinner was incredible. From the service to the food, we had a wonderful time. It wasn’t just us either, the servers were fantastic to everyone, even with a full restaurant and bar. Nothing was too much trouble, we weren’t rushed at any point and the table was cleared promptly between courses. We will definitely be back, that’s for sure.
Have you checked out Tom’s Kitchen before? Have I now tempted you to? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. We dined as guests of Tom’s Kitchen. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Tom’s Kitchen is located at 53, The Mailbox, Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RE.