Asian tapas is a thing. Not only is it a thing, it’s a supremely delicious thing that you should most definitely get involved with.
To celebrate World Vegetarian Day last weekend, Chris and I popped down to Tootoomoo in Islington. If you think it has the cutest name, wait until you see the decor. It. Is. Adddddorable! I’m talking lanterns, tiny pineapples and indoor shutters. I mean, what more can you want? Plus, it has a super cosy, relaxed feel to it.
I started off with a cocktail, because it’d be rude not to. I went for a lychee Caipirinha. I love pretty much anything lychee flavoured and this was no exception. It was super sweet and refreshing and as you can probably guess from the size of the glass, I didn’t leave the place feeling totally sober!
We kicked things off with some starters:
Kappa Sushi Maki Rolls
Vegetarian Potstickers with a Ponzu sauce
Vegan Spring Rolls
These were all absolutely DELICIOUS but the spring rolls were defs my favourite! I was really impressed that they had made them vegan and they were some of the best I’d ever had. The texture was perfect, flavour was vibrant and the dipping sauce was to die for.
After we had gobbled up all of our starters at the speed of light, we were excited to tuck into our mains;
- Veggie Pad Thai Stir Fry with egg, chilli, vegetables, tofu, lime & crushed peanuts
- Vegan Thai Green Curry with tofu, lychees, seasonal vegetables & coconut cream
- Szechuan Chilli Tofu with Szechuan pepper, cashews, assorted vegetables & soy
No, you’re not reading this wrong, we ordered three dishes between two of us. This is a judgement free zone, ok?
These dishes, again, were totally incredible. I really can’t fault the food at this restaurant! My personal favourite was the green Thai curry. The addition of lychees was genius. It added a real sweetness to the sauce and the texture was beautiful too! It might be one of the best green curries I’ve ever had. MASSIVE call. I was also really impressed that they offered brown rice, because I’ll always choose that when it’s on a menu. It makes me feel like I’m being somewhat healthy. I found the texture super light and it held the flavour really well. I could eat this dish every day!
Chris’ favourite dish was the Pad Thai. The crunch of the peanuts with the softness of the noodles and some freshly squeezed lime on top was just heavenly. Everyone loves a good pad thai, right?
We both enjoyed the Szechuan Chilli Tofu too. It had a real kick to it and the softness of the tofu perfectly complimented the crunch of the water chestnuts and cashew nuts. The tofu held the flavour perfectly and even though it was spicy, it wasn’t overpowering. I thought it had kind of a black bean taste; sticky and soy based.
Chris has been to Thailand and he said that the flavours took him back to his travels. If that’s not the biggest compliment, I don’t know what is!
After eating what felt like everything on the menu, and wondering if we could actually fit anything else in our stomachs, we decided it was appropriate to order dessert. BRING ON THE FRO-YO. We ordered the mixed berry and pistachio flavours. I was expecting to like the berry better but I was allllll about the pistachio. It was so creamy and the flavour was amazing whilst still quite subtle.
All in all, this place is a relaxed venue with cute decor and really, ridiculously good food. It’s a perfect venue for a lunch with friends, a relaxed dinner or even a brunch as the restaurant now offers a special bottomless brunch menu. I know I’ll be back to test that out!