I love brunch – it’s my favourite meal. I wouldn’t really call myself a ‘foodie’ but mention brunch and I’m there. Since moving to Tooting I’ve been to a few new brunch spots that I want to rave about.
Green Monkey Cafe
A casual cafe near Tooting Bec station serving up coffee, smoothies and a delicious brunch menu. I was really impressed with the menu here as I just expected the standard avocado on toast but they had some really tasty options. I went for ‘Lesula’ – corn fritters, pulled pork and a poached egg. Really yummy and I would recommend. My boyfriend opted for ‘Ape’, which is a salt beef sandwich type thing, and loved it. Overall, this little cafe served delicious food and good portions for your standard brunch prices (in London). I’ll definitely be going back to try more of the menu!
Brickwood, Tooting Market
Ok ok, so I know Brickwood is a chain but I love it! My go to dish is the Kumara – sourdough toast, butternut squash, feta and a poached egg. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The Tooting location is also open Friday and Saturday nights for beers and cocktails, plus a happy hour! They do great coffee-based cocktails, if you fancy a different spin on the classic espresso martini.
This unassuming restaurant is a little gem. Run by Richard himself (he’s the only chef) the menu changes daily based on whatever fresh ingredients he’s been able to get. I just loved the whole vibe of this place, it felt local and welcoming. We arrived at the end of brunch, they were switching to the Sunday roast menu, but he agreed to make us something from the brunch menu. I went for pancakes with seasonal fruit, eyes bigger than my belly as usual! If you live in the area, or you’re visiting, then I would recommend stoping by this place for brunch, lunch or dinner. I’m not the only one who thinks so – Richard’s Kitchen has a whopping 4.9 on google reviews, which is no mean feat.
There are plenty of brunch options in Tooting to try, of which I intend to explore. Next on my list will be Mud as I know it’s highly rated by everyone in the area. There’s also Balham, which is home to brunch, with even more options. As a brunch lover I guess you could say I live in the best part of town!
I’d love to hear your recommendations for any brunch spots in Tooting I’ve missed.