Tooting’s on the up. Although the Antic group, with their three bars on Mitcham Road, appear to have cornered the market in shabby chic for aspirational Tooting folk, there’s still plenty of room for other well-priced, mid-range places to eat.
Tota has a contemporary design that looks like something out of a Livingetc shoot, with a menu that shifts according to the time of day: it serves breakfasts, light lunches, and a dinner menu with equal conviction. The dinner menu showcases grill dishes, such as slow-smoked pork ribs; ours were good, but served lukewarm. Perhaps the chefs were having trouble mastering the heat in the new kitchen, as a bavette steak wasn’t so much rare (as requested) as raw in the centre. Other details were good: crisp, dry fries, and pert spring greens.
The wine list is succinct, and the beers bottled – it’s always great to see beers from Camden Town or Hogs Back Breweries on the list.
Tota is a sharp-looking place, and once the front-of-house staff smiles don’t feel quite so forced, this could give places like Antelope some competition.
102 Tooting High St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 10.30am-10.30pm; Fri, Sat 9am-10.30pm; Sun 9am-5.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Tooting Broadway|
|Price:||Main courses £8.90-£16.70. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £45.|
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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:62
- 4 star:7
- 3 star:0
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- 1 star:2
Had a lovely full English breakfast washed down with a pitch-perfect cappuccino here during their Sunday brunch service. Nice place to hang out with your other half and read the papers. Looking forward to coming back on a day off to tackle the cocktails and beer menu.
The food here is excellent as befitting of the owner/chef working hard in the kitchen to impress on the plate. The staff love to try and upsell a full three course meal with coffee and aperitif but it's all part of the fun as you can choose to indulge in whatever takes your fancy.
Victoria is so passionate about every aspect of service and the food. Always a fab night, recommend to all my friends, you just have to go x
In a more upmarket spot somewhere else in London this place would be much more expensive. The food is all prepared freshly to order, they use quality ingredients, the menu changes regularly and it is simply delicious. The atmosphere and decor are laid back with a reclaimed feel, the service is friendly, smiley and not without humour. Great selection of beers and wines. And I can thoroughly recommend their expresso martini - it is the best one I've ever had! Love Tooting, love TOTA..
True fresh food. Perfectly prepared and cooked. 3 times this summer, each time a different dish, each time delicious. Easy setting to invite friends, right mix of classe and laid back.
This is without a doubt my favourite restaurant in London. Tota has an amazing range of delicious food from Japanese gyoza dumplings to a good hearty steak- there's something on the menu to suit everyone and the food is all well-sourced and extremely fresh.
But above all the atmosphere is fantastic- I know the staff well and they will go above and beyond to make sure you really enjoy your visit every time you go in. I have taken lots of friends and family to Tota and they have never let me down- I'd recommend them to anyone!
Friendly staff, delicious food and great atmosphere. Best breakfast town. This is my go to hangover cure.
Some of the best food I've had in London at a fraction of the price. Wonderful wines, varied menu, good portions.
The donuts!!!! OMG! Utterly OTT, love the way the specials change and when they are gone, they are gone!So happy I live just around the corner!
Who would have thought such a place would ever exist in Toots! Simply lovely in every way! Seafood Linguine to die for!
A little star in Tooting, amazing quality for money, top quality meat, rocking staff! Love coming here!
Gawd!! I love this little place, uber fresh food, great staff & congenial atmosphere! Can you open another one please?
Living in Tooting, we have so much choices in restaurants. I can honesty say, Tota is my favourite, hands down. The menu choice, ingredients & friendly staff, who are always smiley and welcoming, makes for an excellent experience. A visit is a must! Steve.
Fabulous place in Tooting. I take all my friends here and always amazed at the quality of the food and service.
I love the delicious food, the atmosphere and the staff! Plus I get to walk home after absolute delight :)
This place is perfection! The menu is fantastic, food is quality and delicious, they make a mean cocktail and the owners and staff are friendly and fun. I can't recommend this place highly enough, plus their happy hour goes for two hours!
The best head chef in south London bar none! Where did this man learn his dark art of making ribs? Awesome!
It's simple use of local ingredients give it that edge on the competition. Every meal I've ever had has been amazing, it's my faviourate place in London!
Honest, fresh-cooked quality food. A great find for us in SW17.
Brilliant atmosphere - always has a real buzz about the place.
This venue has it all! Great food, the friendliest staff and most down to earth owners, the BEST happy hour in London!
A breath of fresh air for Tooting! 5 star food which is affordable, great staff & service, always a fun professional atmosphere. You want to spend time there! As an independent business hats off to their owners. Hard work and vision, they have created a culinary gem.
Simply, the place to be in Tooting if you are looking for English cuisine with a pinch of taste from overseas. A never deceiving breakfast, always pleasant surprises on specials board for lunch and dinner, home made desserts, lovely staff and owners... If you are heading Tota for the first time be aware: it won't be the last! This restaurant is more than likely to gain a place in your heart!
Fantasic freshly cooked food sourced from high end suppliers - daily specials and always a changing wide selection available. Half price Tuesday steak night, daily happy hour cocktails, prix fix mid week menu and the best weekend brunch south of the river queues out the door ! And most inportant it's completely independent chef/owner ! Best all rounder in Tooting
I'm never disappointed when I dine at Tota, it's a great meal and a lovely atmosphere with friendly staff.
A fab brunch spot on the main road out of tooting. Good sized portions make it value for money – a rarity in London.
I complained about the food and service I received and received several responses from Tota. To cut a long story short, I complained that someone called Victoria had delivered poor customer service and so received a response from someone claiming to be Victoria, the owner of Tota. The person responding denies she served me or being in the building etc.. but surely a business claiming to be all bells and whistles could handle their public reponses in a more professional manner?
They are rude, unprofessional and aggressive. Below is a section of their response:
"Perhaps you would like to come to TOTA and see for yourself that I am not the person you are referring to, but then people like yourself rarely have the gumption to address issues face to face but prefer to remain behind the safety of their computer.
Victoria & Gary
Owners of TOTA"
There are plenty of independent businesses in Tooting who deserve our custom. Tota is not one of them. What a waste of time and money.