They say Tooting is up and coming, but we reckon it’s beyond that, Tooting now has firmly established itself on London’s food scene and now bringing their restaurant to it are cousins Harry Smith and Mark Kimber.
Setting up shop in Tooting’s Broadway Market, the fifteen-cover restaurant will be a showcase of the best seasonal and local British produce. Meat comes from Chadwick’s on Tooting High Street, fish from Moxons in Clapham South, olives come from Kent and cured meats and pickled beets from West Dorset. Heading up the kitchen will be chef Giles Elstob.
Breakfast will be a coffee and pastry affair, with The Celtic Bakers providing the goods and lunch will feature a succinct menu of quick bites such as a Lincolnshire poacher toastie with sherry pickled onions; roast beetroot soup with horseradish cream and crispy garlic chicken Caesar salad.
Come the evening you’ll find the likes of chicken and smoked ham hock terrine with cider and mustard; roasted cod with curried tartare sauce and scraps; braised beef cheek with pickled red cabbage and crispy onion and charred hispi cabbage with brown butter and hazelnuts. For pudding, you’ll find the likes of Seville orange marmalade Bakewell with clotted cream and burnt cream and rhubarb.
Alongside British craft beers will be classic cocktails and a wine list that champions homegrown vineyards such as Nyetimber in West Sussex as well as those produced further afield.
With a sleek marble topped bar, Circus pendant lamps by Corinna Warm and a relaxed, traditionally British feel, Plot will also be host guest supper clubs and residencies throughout the year as Harry and Mark continue to bring new ideas to Tooting.
It’s called Plot, why? Perhaps it’s because Tooting is their neck of the woods, perhaps it’s in reference to a vegetable plot, maybe they are plotting a food revolution – who knows, but we like the name.
Plot: Opens 11th January 2017, 70-72 Broadway Market, Tooting High Street, SW17 0RL, www.plotkitchen.com