While a religious weekend brunch-er, it’s always nice to try something other than the eggs, bacon and smashed avocado dishes regularly on offer across the city. Feeling the need to be adventurous, we headed over to Crouch End to check out Tootoomoo and their Asian tapas.
The Venue and Atmosphere
Occupying a seemingly small space, we were greeted in the reception area before being taken to the back of the venue to an open expanse of tables, all decorated in a ying-yang style. Intrinsic to Asian fashion, one corner was dressed in a red and black colour scheme, while also merging seamlessly with a light and airy conservatory-esque space. Dotted with plants and flooded with natural light, from the wide doors to the back courtyard, this space clearly awaits a summer of alfresco dining.
Arriving early afternoon, there were a couple of tables occupied with one group already enjoying the treasures of bottomless brunch. There was a calm vibe around the venue, from the steady flow of groups to solo diners. The light and fresh atmosphere of the space was accentuated by the blue walls and fresh pot plants around the room. The staff could not have been more friendly and were never too intrusive, giving some good advice on our cocktail choices and making sure we ordered sensibly. We all know how easy it is to get carried away when ‘bottomless’ is on the cards.
The Food and Drinks
Between the hours of 12-6pm on Friday to Sunday, you can tuck into Bottomless Brunch for either 1.5 hours (£35 pp food & drinks) or 2 hours (£45 pp food & drinks). Both determined to get our buck worth we kick started the event with a bowl of prawn crackers and sweet chilli dip (£2). Needing that little bit of morning fuel I opted for an espresso martini to start, whilst my friend opted for a fruity Cosmopolitan, later ordering a Spicy Cucumber Margarita (Spicy Tequila, Cointreau, lime, cucumber) and a Lychee Martini (Vodka, Lychee Puree, Apple Juice) made less sweet as per my friend's particular request, and served with a flower head for presentation.
The Pan Asian Tapas menu offers a varied selection of sharing plates, all of very good sizes and served as and when each dish is prepared, giving us some down time in between plates. From the Crispy Duck Rolls (£4.50) of succulently tender duck packed in a crispy shell dipped heavily in hoisin sauce to the Soft Shell Crab Tempura (£7.96) with a spicy jalapeno mayo kick to our metabolism and a portion of Shichimi Squid (£4.95) sprinkled with Japanese pepper, Tootoomoo laid out distinctive Asian cooking where classic spices were easily found.
If sharing and caring is your motto in life, Tootoomoo‘s bottomless brunch is a no brainer; order a range of sharing plates for you and your group and you’ll never live to regret it. Equally as tasty and reasonably priced, Tootoomoo’s regular menu ‘Tootoo’ tasty to resist.