Tota Restaurant in Tooting is a sure bet to become an instant classic. Set in a location made up of London chic, the stage is set for head chef Gary Doherty’s exceptional cooking. Having produced food in all four corners of the Earth, and sometimes having to rely on the most basic ingredients, Gary Doherty’s cooking is infused with creativity and an appreciation that simplicity is key. Tota is the culmination of the last 30 years exploring flavours, cooking styles, and ingredients from around the world – come and explore!
See, sometimes you come across a place so special you wish you could live there or at least have this place be home to you more often than not. This pretty much defines Tota Restaurant in Tooting, right in the heart of Tooting Broadway. The setting is London urban cool blended with vintage overtones, and the ambience is laid back and classy. Whatever time of day or night, TOTA aims to deliver food to soothe the soul with comforting classics, or to tantalise the tastebuds with robust flavours.
After 30 years of cooking around the world, chef Gary Doherty is bringing his eclectic style of cooking to Tooting – forget the word fusion – this is a kaleidoscope of food. By day, Tota is a relaxing retreat from the hustle of the High Street, serving seductive sandwiches, fab brunch and crunchy salads to set your mouth watering, all washed down with tip top coffee, artisan beers and an affordable wine list. And by night bring on the candles and night balm. Food endowed with flavour and balance, quirky specials that take full advantage of seasonality and favourite classics. Better see for yourself.
I took my parents there when they visited. We had a fantastic meal and fantastic service and great drinks. What more could you ask for. .
If you’re a Food and drink lover this is the place to be. Food is deliciously and freshly sourced. Great choice of daily specials too. TOTA never disappoints!
Great food. Great service. Lovely run restaurant. Ribs are the best I have ever eaten and the specials always throw up sum cracking dishes. A must if in tooting
Tota always does amazing food! Definitely recommend it to anyone. Great food great hosts. We had all the starters followed by steak and a lot of sides! Delicious
We had a really lovely brunch at Tota today. My vegetarian breakfast with bubble and squeak was delicious & my husband enjoyed his full English. We then rolled the boat out & shared a stack of pancakes with blueberry compote and creme fraiche which was equally as tasty. We will be returning!
Food was excellent, best burger I've ever had, hard to find better elsewhere. Service very friendly and competent. Will definitely return. A very well put together plate, perfectly cooked. Only complaint - the music was terrible, sounded like techo, too loud, spolit the ambience. After a day's work something more relaxing was required. However if they want young diners I suppose that's ok but it probably is not what anyone over 45 wants, and it is the older generation who have the most spending power now. I am 65 and my friend is 42. I will give it one more try but if the music is the same I won't be returning unfortunately.
It was busier than a usual Friday night, however this did not effect our night whatsoever. The food and wine were amazing as usual and the staff are great. We'll continue to come back to Tota.
Had a really enjoyable evening at Tota. Really great, friendly, attentive service. The regular menu & specials are a good mix of unusual, inventive & quirky alongside some standards. All delivered to an excellent standard.
A really great friendly restaurant. The service is attentive and the menu a good mix of regular menu plus a decent range of specials. The wine list is small but well chosen and there is a range of cocktails available at the bar to liven things up. There is a relatively small number of covers that adds to the intimacy without feeling at all claustrophobic. I would highly recommend it.
The menu was seasonal and well thought out. The duck dumplings as a starter was the best I've had ! For mains I was tempted by the steak but as it was Friday I went for the Dover Sole and it was delicious . The cocktails were appetising although on the small size compared to other places. Really nice atmosphere and great for meeting up with friends, when is what I'm going to do! With the busy kitchen, I do think the fumes fobtravrl out to the dining area and this is an area to invest in. Definitely best new I've had this year!