Pots, Pans and Boards is the brainchild of one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs, Tom Aikens. His innovative style and creative interpretation of the modern French cuisine earned him his two Michelin stars and was the youngest British chef to ever receive such an award at the tender age of 26.
Located at the posh and popular Jumeirah Beach Residences, the restaurant is an ideal place for big families and large groups of friends with its large communal tables, as well as stools along the kitchen pass. In fact, when we visited the place, all we saw were groups of families and a lot of kids and children enjoying themselves. It is definitely all about sharing great food in a laid-back fashion, family style, in pots, pans and on boards.
This idea of relaxed sharing extends through to the design of the restaurant. It takes inspiration from natural, open, rustic style home kitchens, featuring reclaimed wood and mismatched furniture. With a range of hanging copper pots and pans, shelves full of spices and condiments set in the middle of the dining area, old kitchen knives and large heavy cleavers stuck into the walls of antique kitchen tiles, this restaurant is meant to bring a lot of childhood memories.
I think this is a great breakfast place although menu highlights include black squid tempura, lamb meatballs, short rib, duck confit with mustard and a selection of grilled fish, meats and steaks and a range of tempting desserts including toffee pudding and the red fruit and apple crumble.
I have to say that the offerings are a bit pricey though but I also believe that they are absolutely worth your money. From the presentation to the taste to the service to the nice location, you are definitely getting your money’s worth. I loved their food and the excellent service and there’s nothing I can complain about really.
If you want to visit, make sure you order the English breakfast, homemade sausage and curried beans, avocado cecina and don’t forget the Blueberry pancakes. That’s what we tried and they were distinctive and scrumptious.
Overall, the Pots, Pans and Boards dining experience was remarkable and it’s one of those places that I can easily recommend to friends and I’m sure that they will like it too. They got it right with the food, the relaxed design and the concept and I believe they surely have the right to call the restaurant a home away from home.