Kitchen Table is a 2 Michelin starred English restaurant tucked behind Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia. I’d been intrigued by Kitchen Table before it recently earned its second star and that only made me more eager to go. Plus, we are big fans of the other restaurants in the JKS Group. We’ve written glowingly about Trishna, Gymkhana, Brigadiers, Bao, Lyle’s, Xu, and Hoppers less glowingly. But, Kitchen Table has a daily changing seasonal menu and that’s a problem for Shiima because there are a few things Shiima doesn’t eat for varying reasons. Last Saturday though Shiima was out with friends so I grabbed the opportunity to dine alone at Kitchen Table.
To start with, Kitchen Table isn’t what I expected. It’s behind Bubbledogs and has bar seating looking into the open kitchen, like two of my favourites Barrafina and The Barbary, so I expected more a casual dining experience, but Kitchen Table is not casual. It’s the same setting, but that’s it… Kitchen Table aspires for elegance, theatre, and fine dining… very fine dining.
The service fits in perfectly as well with that. Professional but a smile. And the chefs, especially Head Chef James Knappett, were very engaging. Although, in my case, the most engaging people were the ones I sat beside. I imagine they were a tad confused why I was at a £125 per person tasting menu alone, so was I, but we all got over it pretty quickly and had a wonderful evening 😁.
If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’d know by now I’m waxing lyrical about the food, or not. But with Kitchen Table I found it’s more about the experience. No doubt the food was good and innovative, but there’ll be no point going into detail about it because it’s bound to be gone by the time you dine at Kitchen Table. Plus the description of the dishes is a large part of the theatre at Kitchen Table.
Instead, just enjoy the pictures from the 20 course tasting menu. Yes, 20! Because all of us dining added the scallop and white truffle supplements. Scallops, sure! But truffles? Curiosity got the best of me. I’ve never particularly enjoyed truffles, and still not keen on them… too rich for my palate I suppose 😂.
Kitchen Table is a wonderful experience. The food is really good and creative, it’s an elegant vibe, and it’s a rather outstanding performance from the chefs with good support from the service. It’s insanely expensive though, one of the most expensive meals I’ve ever eaten and I was alone and I don’t drink alcohol. Because of that, I recommend for special occasions and those seeking a lavish culinary experience.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Star Dish: “Chicken”
Price: £125+ pp
Rating: 4.3 out 5