It’s only been about a month since my last holiday.
Until last Monday, all was going well. Then the travel bug struck again and before I knew it I was browsing Pinterest and day-dreaming of road trips across Asia.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen any time soon, so instead of plane-hoping, I went for the ‘travel with your taste buds’ alternative.
Serving an ‘Asian tapas’ menu inspired by the street market flavours of Japan, China and Southeast Asia, Tootoomoo brings the tastes and atmosphere of an Asian shophouse to London, and was therefore the perfect destination to satiate my hunger (both literally and figuratively).
The restaurant itself feels like something you could discover on holiday.
Colourful furniture, filament lightbulbs, cracked-paint effect, low lighting… it has that charming beach-shack-at-sunset vibe that’ll make cocktails an absolute necessity.
Of course we obliged with a couple of Cinderella mocktails (because, well, Monday).
Absolutely no regret whatsoever though, as the combination of orange, pinneaple, cranberry, grenadine & soda water was absolutely spot on!
Quickly followed by a smorgasboard of small plates crafted to invoke a tour of the best of Asia.
We started our journey in China with a steaming bowl of Wanton Soup.
Our culinary journey then took use to Japan for a plateful of plump & crispy Chicken Gyoza with black rice vinaigrette.
Followed by the most succulent Tiger Prawn Tempura. Sprinkled with nori dust & served with fiery spicy mayo on the side, it was a refreshing twist on the classic and a really good one indeed!
We liked it so much we decided to stay around for a little longer… Just enough time for a taste of the sashimi-inspired Salmon salad with yuzu vinaigrette & Kizami wasabi!
Then, back to China for a modern take on the traditional aromatic duck.
Tootoomoo does serve the original, complete with hoisin sauce and pancakes, but we went for the salad version instead. Served with watermelon, cashew & hoisin.
It was definitely quite different from the original, but really ducking good!
Last stop: Thailand for Pad Thai (of course).
If you didn’t see that one coming, you udon know me very well! #PastaLover
There’s much more on the menu to discover, including sushi, Thai curries, noodles, Rendang… So book a table here and go on your own little foodie adventure!
And no matter what you’ll choose, I think you’ll agree: Tootoomoo is tootoogood!
Tootoomoo Islington, 278 St Paul’s Rd, Islington N1 2LH
*I dined at Tootoomoo as a guest, but all opinions, pictures and wanderlust my own.