Tootoomoo sits quietly in the bustling streets of Highbury & Islington, among many restaurants and cafes. This branch started as a take away but then developed into a restaurant serving sharing menus and a bottomless brunch.
We were the first to arrive for the brunch sitting but within a couple of minutes groups of friends gathered and before we knew it the tables were full. It is a small, fun and colourful space with quirky décor and individual table top designs.
To keep up with the vibrant mood of the restaurant we chose 2 cocktails – a Mojito and an Elderflower Tootoomoo. The cocktails were far from elegant but had a charm about them. They were served in large fish bowls with colourful straws bobbing up and down and had a strong kick of rum and gin.
We started with 3 plates from the TootooTapas: Shichimi Squid, Soft Shell Crab Tempura and Grilled Chicken Skewers. Each dish was presented simply and neatly with individual dipping sauces. Our favorite was the squid. It was soft with a light, crispy, textured and peppery coating accompanied with a contrasting sweet sauce. There was a lack of crab in some of the pieces of tempura but it had a delicate flavour. The chicken skewers were tender and sticky with a creamy satay sauce which was delicious. They left us wanting more.
We then ordered 2 main Plates: Prawn Thai Green Curry and Chicken Pad Thai. We also couldn’t resist trying the dumplings. The curry was cool, creamy with an underlying heat. The flavours were clean and fresh with unexpectedly large prawns. The Pad Thai was unfortunately far too sweet for our liking but the pork dumplings soon made up for that with soft meaty flavours and salty soy sauce.
As full as we were, we were intrigued by the frozen yogurt desserts so we ordered one Pistachio and one Mango Passionfruit. They were simple desserts, a swirl of each flavour but a refreshing end to our meal.
The atmosphere was easy going, the staff were friendly and overall it was an enjoyable afternoon.
More information and book a table at Tootoomoo here.
Written by Lara Pace.