Tota Restaurant, Tooting Broadway The Blonde is always on the lookout for new restaurants to try and Tota was one of the places that kept being mentioned in dispatches so we thought it was time we paid the place a visit. Tooting is not a place I admit to knowing well, I have passed through it on many occasions but I would certainly never have considered it as a potential restaurant destination, but that was before I visited Tota. Tota is totally amazing, if you are looking for an eatery which is non-pretentious with great service and well cooked food, this has to be a place on your short list. […]
Tota Restaurant, Tooting Broadway
The Blonde is always on the lookout for new restaurants to try and Tota was one of the places that kept being mentioned in dispatches so we thought it was time we paid the place a visit. Tooting is not a place I admit to knowing well, I have passed through it on many occasions but I would certainly never have considered it as a potential restaurant destination, but that was before I visited Tota.
Tota is totally amazing, if you are looking for an eatery which is non-pretentious with great service and well cooked food, this has to be a place on your short list.
To be honest I thought this would be the case from the moment I made the reservation the Wednesday before we visited. The person who answered the phone was pleasant and helpful and the exceptional service continued from the moment we walked through the door. We had a delightful table right next to the kitchen so that we could see everything that was going on and nothing was too much trouble.
I had already had a sneak preview of the menu having checked out the restaurant’s website a couple of hours before, so I thought I knew what I was going to order only to be presented with a list of specials which meant my original choices went straight out the window.
Having seen the scallops with chorizo cross the pass several times that evening I knew that I was not going to be disappointed so I took the plunge and ordered this in preference to the terrine which I was assured would have been equally as good. All so often when I order scallops I am presented with one or maybe two if you are lucky, that have been sliced and diced to make it look like you are getting a really good portion. Thankfully at Tota that’s not the case. No! at Tota you get four whole succulent scallops, coral and all, which to be honest would not to be everyone’s taste but all beautifully arranged around the plate with a smattering of crispy chorizo morsels which will light up your taste buds. A simply awesome start to my meal and the same was said by one of my other dining companions.
We also ordered the Gruyere soufflé with toasted hazelnuts which was incredibly light and flavorsome with not a hint of stodginess which can often be the case with a soufflé. The blonde also took advantage of the extensive list of specials and decided upon the courgette flower stuffed with goats cheese and then deep fried. This too was excellent and not as heavy as one might have expected.
So with the starters finished expectations for the main course were very high. Three of us ordered the T-Bone steak served with béarnaise sauce, roasted onion, fries and watercress all medium rare. The other choose the slow braised shoulder of lamb with roasted artichokes and chantenay carrots. All four dishes arrived after a suitably long pause, there is nothing worse than being rushed unnecessarily. All the steaks looked amazing, the T-Bone option which was once a regular on most menus and is rarely seen these days and was a pleasant change to the more popular rib eye. Two of the three were cooked to perfection however one was certainly overcooked which was slightly disappointing for its owner. Personally speaking I think the béarnaise sauce would have been improved with a touch more lemon but this was certainly nothing to worry about. The lamb was served in a bowl and as far as I was concerned smelt amazing however it did appear to be a little on the heavy side. It was reported that it would have been better had it been on a plate. I think the jury is out on this one.
After two courses we were still suitably impressed but the starters were certainly the stars of the show so far.
By this stage we were all relatively full but we were convinced that we should try the deserts so we forced ourselves to share the Eton Mess and the salted caramel and chocolate tart with Dulce de Leche ice cream. Both these plates were of the same high standard as the starters with no complaints whatsoever.
Overall we were very impressed with Tota, it transpired that during that evenings service they had had technical issues in the kitchen which had resulted in a loss of gas. This was certainly not evident to the diners so we have to forgive them for the over cooking of one steak given the pressure they were under.
On the price front we were looking at £45 per head which included two bottles of wine plus two glasses of prosecco and a couple of beers at the beginning. So excellent value for money.
To Call Us: 020 8767 1122Our Address:
102 Tooting High Street
London, SW17 0RR.Opening Hours:Monday – closed
Tuesday to Friday – 8.30am to 10.30pm
Saturday – 9am to 10pm
Sunday 9am to 9.30pm
Bank Holidays – 9am to 10pm