I’m always so excited by new restaurant openings in Tooting. At the weekend it’s great not to have to trek into Central London to get awesome food and so having an even greater selection of restaurants and cuisines on your doorstep is a bonus. I recently came across a new opening called Plot on Twitter and managed to get a table on the opening weekend earlier this month.
Well, I say table, more like two seats. We arrived at Broadway Marketing and found the new restaurant with a very cool layout – a nice marble-topped bar with stool seating around it, and gas heaters keeping people warm, because it was bloody cold in that market, despite being indoors! On the other side of the worktop was the whole restaurant – a small kitchen area with everything being cooked on display, an area for prep/plating and a bar.
The menu is equally compact, but hey they say good things come in small packages. And that’s certainly the case at Plot! The restaurant was opened by cousins Mark Kimber and Harry Smith and aims to serve small British plates using delicious seasonal and local ingredients where possible. Meat is sourced from Chadwicks on Tooting High Street, and fish from Moxons in Clapham South, both of which we buy from for cooking at home, so this was a nice touch. Head chef, Giles Elstob, has worked in a number of Michelin-starred kitchens, seriously raising the stakes in the Tooting community!
There were 6 dishes on the menu, priced around £6-8 each, so we thought we go for one each and share between the two of us.
To drink, they have the usual wines and spirits, but they also have a great selection of local beers, very reasonably priced at £4 each! I went for the By The Horns Brewing Co’s Wolfie Smith IPA.
And importantly, here’s what we ate…
We were given fresh bread with a rather delicious marmite spread (need to find out how they make this!!) to begin with.
Charred cauliflower cheese with sherry pickled onion
A very generous portion of one of my favourite veggies, with plenty of cheese (I was pleased to see!). Tim and I definitely fought over this one!
Whipped jerusalem artichoke with oxsprings ham pastry straws
This was one of my favourite dishes of the evening. I never cook artichoke at home because I’m always daunted by the prospect and it feels like a lot of effort. This was really tasty and it’s definitely something I’d try at home. And you can’t go wrong with pastry staws, a childhood fave!
Soused salmon with heritage beetroot and baby watercress
I’m not a big salmon lover but this was superb – perfectly complemented with the beetroot served in a few different ways.
Smoked haddock croquettes and curry mayo
These were tasty and very fishy (!) – what really made the dish was the curry mayo. It was a bit unusual and not what I’d usually expect to pair with a croquette, I just wish there was more of it on the plate.
Ox cheek with saffron mash and pickled red cabbage
Definitely the piece de resistance of the dinner, it looked and tasted great. Just the right amount of saffron in the mash and beef which just melted in your mouth.
Blood orange marmalade bakewell with clotted cream
A bakewell tart isn’t something I’d usually order for dessert but that’s the joy of menus like this – when they’re limited in size (this was the only dessert on offer) it encourages you to try something new. This was an excellent bake and the sharpness of the orange and sweetness of the beautiful clotted cream was a dream.
It was a really enjoyable evening – the food was simple but delicious and I can’t wait to return to try new dishes as they’re introduced to the menu. Only suggestion would be to provide a few more gas heaters – I was fairly warm but I was right under the heater and still needed my coat and scarf on. I bumped into the lovely Connie of Connie Consumes who was dining there too, and she was pretty chilly being even further from the heater. But it’s all part of the experience – you’re dining in a converted market stall unit in one of London’s historic markets, you need to make allowances 😉
It’s a quaint little place which I really hope does well! As you can imagine, there aren’t many seats (just 15!), so make sure to book! You can get in touch via their website here.