Tootoomoo Brunch


Tootoomoo Bottomless Brunch

As a Londoner it’s almost a rite of passage to do a boozy brunch at least once a month; if you’re not then you’re simply failing at being a Londoner. And, even if you’re not one, then who doesn’t love a day drinking session justified by the word ‘brunch’?

Count us in.

After spending the Friday night, on St Patricks Day, shamefully heading to bed at 9pm we felt the only saving grace to prove our “lifestyle blogger” status was to head to a bottomless brunch and fully take advantage of a day full of drinking, eating and exploring.

As we live in South west London, heading over to Tootoomoo in Islington was a little bit of a trek but, at the promise of an hour and a half of bottomless food and drink, we could hardly kick up a fuss.

Tootoomoo is a Pan Asian restaurant moments from Highbury & Islington station, and with two other branches in North London it’s really beginning to build a presence amongst the north Londoners for not only the brunch, but the dinner menu too.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, Asian food is probably our favourite ever type of cuisine, we just love it - from Kiln in Soho to even just a standard chain Busaba.

The interior looks recently renovated - but with the shabby chic theme going on throughout with Kilner jars being used as lights and bright blue furniture. It’s the kind of place you could pitch up for a few hours with friends, or even come as a couple, but for bottomless brunch it’s always best to go with friends, obvs.

The menu is made up of a selection of small plates, tapas style dishes - and of course, cocktails. The bottomless brunch is simple - you can opt for the 1.5 hours of just food, or 1.5 hours of food and drinks. For an additional cost, you can do the brunch for two hours.

You can literally eat as much as you’d like; we opted for 6 sharing plates to begin. The cocktail menu is simple; around 6 options or you can choose wine to share if you’d prefer.

We decided on the elderflower, gin and mint based cocktail in a jug to share...given that gin and elderflower are two of our favourite things. We expected the cocktails to be fairly weak and watered down, given the bottomless element of it, however we were pleasantly surprised when it was exceptionally strong, and not to mention delicious.

For food we went for; Chicken gyoza, duck spring rolls, Shischimi squid, BBQ pork ribs, tiger prawn tempura and soft shell crab tempura.

In true tapas style, the food came as and when it was ready meaning we were never overwhelmed with the amount of food nor were we ever waiting around for food too long. The squid was the first dish to pull me in; whilst I love doing a fancy tasting menu or eating a delicious steak, I also cannot fault squid. Undoubtedly my favourite Asian food, and if you visit Tootoomoo then you simply have to order it.

A second best was the soft shell crab - it wasn’t greasy or oily, just perfect.

We’d expected to order more; but after 6 dishes we were well and truly stuffed and the thought of eating more food wasn’t something we fancied doing.

But drinking? We’d definitely got time and room for that.

We ordered another jug; this time opting for a Cosmo, on Alex’s request. Again - we were shocked at how strong it tasted. Either we’re both inexperienced drinkers (not possible), or the alcohol contents aren’t skimmed. We weren’t complaining...though spoiler, the next day we were.

Tootoomoo takes the bottomless brunch away from the standard avo on toast with prosecco, and opens it up to people. At £35 for one and half hours of food and drinks, or £30 for just the food, it’s worth the visit north if you’re south of the river like us.

They have two other branches in Whetstone (now, I won’t lie I’ve never ventured this far north) and Crouch End.

We’d recommend you heading to one of these the moment you get the chance - it’s worth the visit. We promise!

278 St Paul's Rd, Islington N1 2LH



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