All posts tagged: tooting

Cheese and Beef at Bordelaise, Tooting

Cheese. Beef. France. Perfection! When I heard about new restaurant Bordelaise in Tooting, it sounded like my idea of heaven. As any regular readers of the blog will know, those are some of my favourite things in life, so I was really excited to pay Bordelaise a visit, especially as it was a new local business. Located in the heart of Broadway Market, it’s a small and cosy venue. Many of the restaurants in my area, Bordelaise included, have been given glowing reviews in media outlets like Time Out and Evening Standard recently, our lovely Tooting is certainly growing in popularity! We took a seat in the restaurant, set up with traditional wooden tables and red walls adorned with French art, and tried a Swiss beer to begin with (‘1936’), I believe a first for me, and it was really nice – light and refreshing! We were presented with the cheeseboard and offered three to choose from – it was so difficult to decide (first world problems, but a real problem for a cheese lover!). …

Dinner at Plot, Broadway Market Tooting

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 …

Lunch at Meat & Shake, Tooting

Now who doesn’t love a good American BBQ place? There are some brilliant ones in London, Bodeans has always been one of our faves. This weekend we tried out a new local one, which we’d been meaning to check out for a while – Meat & Shake. The name pretty much does what it says on the tin – meat and milkshakes! It’s a pretty big menu, with a wide choice of burgers and smoked BBQ dishes. As you might have read, I adore anything with truffle flavour, so I had to order the Truffle Shuffle burger –  Beef Burger with Truffle Mayo, Gruyère Cheese, Honey & Onion Truffle Glaze. It was absolutely gorgeous and definitely up there in my top 5 burgers to date! I also ordered a side of Pit Beans – 5 kinds of beans slow-cooked and smoked in tomato sauce, enriched with the smoked meats that were cooked alongside them. Tim ordered something rather epic which frustratingly doesn’t seem to be on the website – I was hoping to be able to find …

Lunch at Dip & Flip, Tooting

When Tim and I saw that there was a Dip & Flip opening near us in Tooting, I was seriously excited! I’d been to similar restaurants during previous work trips to America and the concept is amazing – burgers and sandwiches dipped in gravy! There’s a full description of the difference between a ‘dip’, a ‘flip’ and a ‘dip and flip’ on their website here. Dip & Flip roast carefully sourced beef bones to a rich golden brown and then simmer them with organic vegetables and herbs. Roasting juices from the bottom of the pan are added to the broth along with a few other ‘little beefy secrets’. The restaurant is already located in Battersea and Wimbledon, and the new branch opened this weekend in Tooting, so we had to be one of the first to try it out! The restaurant is fairly casual and laid back in design, with cute wooden ‘school-style’ chairs and American-style art on the walls, with waiter service (all of the staff were really friendly and the place definitely had an opening weekend …

Dinner at Tota, Tooting

Last week, Tim and I added another place to our list of local restaurants, after visiting Tota near Tooting Broadway. We both had a bit of a steak craving and we wanted to tuck into some good grub nearby so we could just walk (or roll!) back home in a matter of minutes. The restaurant was dimly lit and so cosy – perfect when it was cold and raining outside. I instantly opted for a mulled wine with brandy, while Tim ordered a beer. Please excuse the quality of the photos – a certain husband had promised to bring my camera from home with him and forgot 😉 So I had to make do with my camera phone. The menu all looked great – we hadn’t planned to get starters but they looked delicious and some of our absolute faves were on there, two of which we ordered – the melted Camembert and the chilli squid. The portions were pretty big, and we probably would have been fine just with the Camembert (that’s not to …

Brunch at Brickwood, Tooting

I’m sure you all know by now that I bloody love a good brunch, and if that includes a bloody good Bloody Mary, even better! We’ve been trying out some of the cafes and restaurants near where we live, the latest of which was Brickwood in Tooting Market. We’d visited it a few weeks before when we were looking for a quick coffee (and a cheeky slice of cake, ssshhhh!) which was when we realised they do a pretty amazing brunch, and knew we’d have to return soon! It was pretty packed on the Sunday morning we visited, but the staff were still really attentive and we were served quickly. We ordered a couple of flat whites to kick start the day, along with a Bloody Mary each. We were both seriously impressed with the latter – it was one of the best I’ve had, largely due to the cute extras it came with – bacon, a quail egg and what I took to be a mini hash brown. It was only around £4.00 and …

The Sunday Lunch Experiment; The Castle, Tooting

The latest place Tim and I visited for our tour of local pubs and restaurants for Sunday Lunch was The Castle in Tooting, last weekend. This time we took my Mum, who was visiting for the weekend (and our first official ‘guest’ in our new home, which was exciting!) I was a little bit nervous – my Mum can do an epic sunday roast, and living in Yorkshire, I imagine she has a whole host of great Sunday Lunch venues on her doorstep. The Castle was recently revamped and it looks pretty impressive now. It’s a big pub with various sections, including an orangery and very cool outdoor section with little alcoves that you can book out, each one with a different theme. Here are some photos from their website: For Sunday Lunch, we all went for something different – I chose the lamb, Tim went for the poussin and Mum chose the beef. What I really liked about the menu was that every dish came with a Yorkshire Pudding, whether you ordered the beef …