Plot

Restaurants, British Tooting
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A small-plates British restaurant in Tooting’s Broadway Market.

‘Don’t forget your coat’, chirped a local pal, ‘it’s a bit of a wind tunnel in there’. We were talking about Plot, a charming newbie inside Tooting’s Broadway Market. I say inside, but it hasn’t got any walls: just a counter and two communal tables. So it’s sort of outside-inside, if you get my drift.

The compact menu (short enough to almost order one of everything, if you’re a glutton – hello!) is all about small plates. Of the modern Brit kind. It’s seasonal: course it is. And often local, too. But I loved them for not trying to trade off this picklist of trendster tropes. In fact, if you looked for beers and didn’t happen to know that 2Tone Lager was from By the Horns (a 20 minute walk away), or that the Calif-Oregon Amber Ale is the work of SW12’s Belleville brewery, you’d just think they were jolly nice brews and be none the wiser.

They do point out that walnuts come candied in Wandsworth honey, but hey, if you can’t big up your local nectar-gatherers then you really are a heartless bastard. These nutty numbers appear (with waxy goat’s cheese and sweet, earthy chunks of roasted beetroot, in case you’re wondering), as the first of a terrific procession of plates. Next up, the must-order oxtail croquettes. They’re not gamey in the slightest (if you’re generally frightened of things made from tails), but mild, meaty and moist. Four fatballs of wonder. Each with a crunchy, deep-fried coating that begged to be broken into.

Then there was the lamb. This could have been a shade rosier, if I’m being picky, but came with such a sit-up-and-pay-attention take on a salsa verde, made with new-in-season wild garlic, that it still left a lasting impression (and not because of allium breath). Last up, a dense, buttery, sweet bakewell tart, with a nicely salty edge, came anointed with a dollop of silk-and-sour crème fraîche and the pièce de résistance: a zesty, bittersweet blood orange marmalade. Too many puds are so basic, just a load of sugar and fat and not much else. This one had complexity and depth. Kudos.

But great restaurants aren’t just about the food. If they were, we’d all be sat at home in our pants, eating Deliveroo. They also need great service and ambiance to somehow stick in our minds. And that’s where Plot comes in. Not only is the fresh-faced, clued-up team cute enough to make me want to put them in my pocket, but Tooting’s Broadway Market is a lovably dodgy, retro-throwback of a building, all knock-off leather jackets and bucket-shop flights. At night, sat under the high market ceilings, with a nip in the air, the fluorescents off and strings of colourful fairy lights blink-blinking above you, it’s almost like sitting under an urban, starlit sky. So wrap up warm and embrace the magic.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Plot
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Address: 70-72 Broadway Market
London
SW17 0RL
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £75.
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Ollie B
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Excellent food, lovely little bar, would highly recommend this place. Looking forward to going back. Particularly liked the haddock croquettes.

Ed S
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Great addition to the growing tooting food scene

Mattoss D

Yummo! The speed of service, quality of produce and cooking was and continues to be of a very high standard. Thank you and please keep it going. We will be back shortly.

Gillian R

Brilliant new addition to Broadway Market. Visited with a group of friends and the food was outstanding! We ordered more because we enjoyed it so much!

Sarah R

Amazing British grub, great service and a fabulous vibe - top marks! My new favourite restaurant. A perfect addition to the Tooting food scene.

Ailsa R

Great to find a place that excels in celebrating British cuisine in an area to get excited about. We ordered everything and shared it tapas-style. Thanks to Plot for a wonderful evening!

Sarah G
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I was very excited to give Plot, a new edition to Broadway Market in Tooting's food scene, a go.


Firstly, I love how responsive they are by Twitter - it's great being able to ask questions and make bookings that way.


On arrival I loved the look and vibe - it's tiny - but bigger than I thought - maybe about 20 covers. The swish, intimacy of the counter feels very New York.


The menu is tiny. We had - haddock croquettes, charred cauliflower cheese, confit pork belly, saffron mash, grilled hispi cabbage with hazelnuts and a marmalade bakewell tart - and that was all the menu, apart from 2 dishes.


The food was all lovely - fairly quick to the pass and simply presented, and we accompanied it with some delicious glasses of wine - also a v limited selection. I particularly enjoyed the Pinot Noir. I was a bit taken aback they had no diet drinks available.


Plot's shtick is of seasonal produce - and for me there was a couple of areas that need improving if they are going to justify their prices and make their USP real. 

1) The story of the food needs to come through more - why was it seasonal, where was it from - why are these dishes on the menu - it's direct competition Unwined in Tooting Market are excellent at this and based on this first experience I would head back to Unwined. 

2) When the menu is tiny you really can't afford to have dishes that are off and not replaced. So on this occasion there was only one pudding available - and no alternative. This seemed very poor to me - what if you had a nut allergy? 

3) dishes should be as described or you should be clearly told when ordering they have changed. The haddock croquettes were advertised as coming with leeks - which I was really looking forward to. When they arrived, I couldn't spot the leeks - so asked. Oh yeah, the waiter said, I should have told you, we have changed the dish - leeks have been replaced with - erm - looks around - colleague tells him curry mayo. Staff in these sort of places need to know the food inside out in my view. Similarly - the saffron mash arrived with bits of crispy bacon/ham on. Totally delicious and no problem for me - but could be for others and there was no inkling on the menu that would be the case. 


So, I want to love Plot and think it has potential,  but at £70 for two it was quite pricey and so it's chances to make a great impression are limited.


Ps was very amused when I asked if the marmalade Bakewell tart could be taken away, and one chef said - yes of course I could stick it in some tin foil, and the other one said No very firmly. When it arrived a cold piece of pie with a blob of cream on it - it seemed eminently take away able to me! I'm really glad we had it, it is an inspired dish and was totally delicious.

Louie B

Delicious food, terrific venue, brilliant staff. All in all, a great night out.

Anthony W

Great counter style restaurant, seriously good food, carefully thought out, and a convivial vibe.

Clare L

Food that makes you go wow, take a friend and order one of everything- you won't regret it!