Tota

102 Tooting High Street, Tooting Broadway , London, SW17 0RR

SquareMeal Review of Tota

Tooting’s restaurant scene should receive a welcome lift with the launch of Tota – a family-friendly, all-day eatery on the neighbourhood’s main drag. Breakfast and brunch should suit local shoppers and the office crowd, while light lunches will put the emphasis on trendy sandwiches, burgers, salads and other daytime staples. Come evening, the kitchen will roll up its sleeves for a grander menu of eclectic dishes ranging from confit duck with ginger and orange sauce to roast hake with peperonata, chorizo and parsley crumbs served with ‘paella’ croquettes or miso-glazed salmon with pickled cucumber, black beans and sushi rice. Pasta, risottos and grills will also feature, while desserts will keep it traditional with the likes of pineapple upside-down cake. The modest wine list won’t break the bank, and drinks will also include bottles of ginger beer from Brixton.

Tota Location

102 Tooting High Street, Tooting Broadway , London SW17 0RR

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020 8767 1122

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Opening times

Mon-Fri 7.30am-10.30pm (Sat 9am-) Sun 9am-10pm

Tota's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 9.0

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Service: 9.0

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Atmosphere: 9.0

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Value: 9.0

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
03 February 2014

My first impression of Tota wasn't great as we were sat at an extremely tight table that we could barely get round, right by the draughty door, despite having booked and there still being plenty of other tables free. Baffling. Thankfully when we asked to move to a more comfortable banquette further inside the waiters were very accommodating and service throughout the evening was friendly and polite. The menu shows dashes of unanticipated ambition for a neighbourhood restaurant: I had a really amazing light, fluffy cheese and leek souffle with beautifully complementary salty ham hock to start. My main of seafood linguine was most remarkable for the fact that it actually had lots of seafood (prawns, clams etc) in it, not just one limp mussel as is so often the case, and all fresh from the renowned Moxons fishmonger in Clapham. An intense chocolate salted caramel tart rounded the meal off nicely. The biggest surprise though is the wine menu, which is perfect for a local restaurant: short but sweet with a few big name grapes (the usual suspects like Pinot Grigio and merlot) and a few unconventional choices (like Gavi and and Malbec) for those who are slightly more adventurous but not aficionados. Plus they are all under £30 a bottle and come in carafes too. We had a lovely Torrontes from Argentina which you rarely see on a menu. I don't remember anything particularly remarkable about the atmosphere or decor- there are candles and a cosy hum from the many customers- but that's probably a positive as it means it was the perfect foil to our evening of catching up. I thought at the time that the bill at £50 a head plus service was rather hefty for a low-key dinner in Tooting but now I realise we had 3 courses of really quite unexpectedly good food and 2 bottles of wine between 3 of us it was actually pretty good value. A really well judged local and a total surprise of the best kind.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

17 December 2013

I've tried a lot of resturants in London, I eat out a lot…I've tried Hawksmoor, Goodmans, SOS, The Don…all sorts but this is hands down the best. One night of the week is half price steak so you can get an amazingly good steak for £9 (with sides included)! Service is great, it's small, cosy and friendly. The starters, mains and desserts and all wonderful but the steak is for sure the best! I've never had a rump steak that you can eat everything (as I'm not one who enjoys the fatty bits)…at Tota, I don't leave anything on the plate. Every single bite is edible and as good as the last. The cheeseboard for after is also fantastic and for £9 it's a bargain! I don't have anything to complain about this restaurant, I'm just happy I have a fab steak house so close to my home that is luckily still a little hidden gem and they don't have the overpriced extravagance as Hawksmoor. Tota buy the best meats, so their food is great quality. I take all my friends, and they all agree!

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