Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens has moved his restaurant brand into the Mailbox - his first UK venture outside London.
And after taking a sneak peek inside the 80 cover restaurant (which also has a veranda dining area outside the eaterie that seats 30) Tom’s Kitchen could be just what the upmarket shopping complex needs to establish itself as a place for high end dining as well as shopping.
Previously luxury shoppers only had the option of the Harvey Nichols restaurant if they didn’t fancy the chain eateries on the top floor of The Mailbox which include Strada and Nandos.
Tom's Kitchen opens to the public on Friday, December 30 and during our sneak preview inside we can safely say this is one sophisticated kitchen! The interior comprises of a palette of browns, oranges with lots of wood panelling.
There is also a dash of glamour thanks to mirrored walls, two private dining rooms and a reservation desk area just outside the restaurant to ensure that feeling of exclusivity.
Of course the chef director is as super classy as the decor, having established himself as one of the country’s most-respected chefs since opening his debut Chelsea restaurant.
At 26, he became the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars although it is not sure how much involvement he will have in this latest branch other than putting the menu together.
There are currently four other Tom’s Kitchens in London, one in Istanbul and one opening soon in Dubai.
The brand prides itself on “British comfort food classics in a relaxed and informal brasserie setting,” and will be open seven days for breakfast lunch and dinner and brunch at the weekends.
There are some exciting new changes to the menu especially for Birmingham. New dishes include spiced pumpkin with burrata, savoury granola, hazelnut dressing and rocket and prawn tagliatelle with red peppers, basil and black oil.
But it’s not just about the food.
A spokesman told us: “We want a lively yet relaxed atmosphere in the bar. We will be welcoming diners from the restaurant, guests wanting to drop in for an after-work beer or pre-dinner cocktail, as well as those looking to while away an evening with friends over a bottle of wine.”
The bar menu offers a selection of craft beers, including those from Whitstable Brewery, as well as classic cocktails, and Champagne.
For those on the lookout for a quick bite, there will also be a Tom’s Kitchen Deli in The Urban Room of The Mailbox, offering express options for breakfast, lunch and afternoon, serving sandwiches, soups, hotpots, salads and homemade treats.