Unlimited sushi? “Where and when?” I hear you call! North London’s coolest Asian fusion restaurants have launched an unmissable bottomless brunch that you’ll want to get your mitts on.
Tootoomoo, a hip group of pan-Asian eateries, is welcoming hungry city folk to gorge on ANYTHING on their drool-worthy menu for up to 2 hours. That’s right guys, you can literally say ‘I’ll have everything on the menu’ and you won’t have to pay a penny over the fixed price.
So what are we eating? A combination of Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese influences are blended to combine a selection of irresistible dishes from hot wok curries to ceviche salads. Safe to say that after my recent visit to the Islington branch, I left with more than one food baby.
Running in from the pouring rain, I met with my gal pal Rachel who was waiting at one of the colourful tables. The restaurant itself was small and cosy yet cheerful in décor.
Our waitress was clearly a fan of her kitchen’s food. After glazing over the menu for a few minutes she encouraged us along, reminding us that we could truly eat everything.
Not wanting to look too greedy straight away, we ordered a selection of small dishes, starting with sea salt edamame, some crispy smoked chicken, the green Yasai salad and a bowl of popcorn rock shrimp.
The chicken was one of the highlights of the meal, addictive in flavour (and a gluten free crisp), it was complimented with a spicy mayo. I honestly would have been happy to just nibble on it all afternoon.
Sipping on fresh mint tea served in delightful black cups, we caught up on the week’s events, discussing must watch boxsets that I’m finally getting around to. Have you started watching Westworld? I’m addicted!
The popcorn shrimp wasn’t as flavoursome as I’d hoped – the yuzo mayo was light and creamy but the tempura could have been dusted in bolder flavours.
But what came next made up for it! Of course I couldn’t hold back from ordering every kind of sushi on the menu. Served in pairs, we ate a selection of yuzu salmon maki, California prawn, spicy yellow tail maki, soft shell crab and kappa mak (cucumber).
Hot damn they were delicious. I couldn’t get enough of the spiced yellow tail and prawn, ordering a cheeky plate more before we moved on to our final samples of the menu.
Warmed up by our tea, I felt ready for a refreshing cooler. As well as ordering all the food on the menu, you can also sip each and every drink should you feel brave enough, with choices of tempting cocktails, hot soothers and soft selections.
I picked the Elderflower Tootootoo; a mix of gin, sparkling elderflower and fresh mint. It was a perfect reminder of summer and a generous helping of gin!
With room for one more dish each, we ordered the salmon and Hamachi sashimi. Both were pretty as a picture, bright and colourful with flavours to match. My yellow tail sashimi sat on a bed of crisp carrot, served with a dollop of kizami wasabi to add an extra kick. Although it looked like raw chicken (#salmonella), it was most definitely silky soft delicious fish that tasted fresh from the seabed.
Our waitress returned to warn of our remaining seven minutes, encouraging me to try their natural frozen yoghurt before we left. “What flavour would you recommend?” I asked her, receiving a firm ‘Oreo’ response.
Oreo it was and boy was I glad I caved in. Creamy yet not as filling as ice cream, the bowl quickly satisfied my sweet tooth.
Filled to the brim and ready for a Sunday afternoon nap, Rachel and I made our way back out into the soaking rain.
From just £30, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and sheer quantity of options available to gorge on at Tootoomoo. Their bottomless brunch was a fantastic way to start a year of more London dining.
You can enjoy their unlimited food for 1.5 hours for £30 or just £5 more with drinks. For 2 hours the brunch is £35/£40 each. Available Friday – Sunday I highly recommend popping in (or making yourself comfortable) one lazy day soon.
Our bottomless brunch was complimentary. As always all views are my own even through my sushi glossed eyes.
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