TOO TOO GOOD!
Louisa Walters visits a quirky new Pan Asian restaurant in Islington
It’s common for restaurants to open up, get established, and then start offering takeaway. It’s unusual for it to happen the other way round… but that’s exactly the state of play at Pan Asian restaurant Tootoomoo in Islington. Owner Philip McGuinness had the genius idea of shoving the kitchen downstairs in the basement and opening up the ground floor space into a cosy, quirky restaurant with rustic yet colourful décor and room enough for 24 covers.
It’s one of those ‘big, little’ places – big personality, little restaurant; big flavours, little menu; big satisfaction, little bill. A range of £3-£6.50 dishes includes yuzu salmon maki, veggie potstickers (like a goyza but shaped like samosas and even more tasty), a delicious sweet and savoury seaweed salad with sesame dressing (standout dish for me), a classic duck & watermelon salad with cashews and hoisin, a stunning rendang curry with meltingly tender beef, and oh-so-moreish Singapore noodles with chicken. £7 fetches you a classic Caipirinha cocktail or the house special Tootoomojito, among others, plus there are spirits, beers and wine. Dessert is frozen yoghurt – it’s just the right finale to this type of feast, and if you’re feeling decadent you can top it with Oreos or chocolate.
Tootoomoo is slowly expanding across north London, with branches in Crouch End, Whetstone and now Islington, plus a takeaway in Highgate. The Whetstone branch has just doubled in size and can now seat around 80 in more space and comfort (and less noise!) than before, with the option for private hire for parties.
Takeaway is a big story at Tootoomoo and if you’re lucky enough to live in a relevant postcode, even the cocktails can be delivered to your door (in cute jam jars!).
RESTAURANT CLUB DISCOUNT
15% discount Sunday – Tuesday at Islington
15% discount Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm to 3pm and Sundays from 12pm all day (£30 minimum spend) at Whetstone during November
278 St Paul’s Road
London N1 2LH
T: 020 7704 6687