Tootoomoo Whetstone

I love Pan Asian food it’s got to be one of my favourites.  The mix of flavours, textures and colours is so enticing and the types of dishes that can be made are endless.  It’s also pretty healthy too which is an added bonus.  Not all restaurants are able to pull off Pan Asian cuisine to a reasonable quality but for those that would love to try a good one and live in London it I would strongly suggest going for a meal at Tootoomoo in Whetstone.  I went years ago with some other mums but as there was a large group of use we had to have the set menu which I don’t normally do and the restaurant wasn’t very big so it was a little tight but since then they have recently refurbished and the restaurant looks far nicer and was a bit more spacious.  It’s not an enormous restaurant but it is nice and cosy and has a and relaxed atmosphere.  This is a great place to go on a date or with friends and even for parties.  Staff are exceptionally welcoming and available when needed and extremely willing to help with explaining items off the menu as well as advising about popular dishes.

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I popped along to review this site and was extremely pleased that I had revisited, you will see why very soon.  First of all let it be said that their Lychee Martini is gorgeous it’s a fabulous drink for lovers of sweet fruity cocktails and one fans of sweet drinks must all try it!

We ordered a selection of starters which arrived at our table quickly.

The Starters

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Edamame (soya beans)

Packed with natural phytooestrogens and fibre these tasty beans are a lovely healthy way to start a meal.

Yuzo Salmon Maki (cold dish)

The flavours and textures were indicative of fresh food and were made well with the maki being firm and not falling apart when we picked them up with our chopsticks.  These were a good size too as some restaurants serve ones that are too big and not so easy to cram into one mouthful.  Food needs to look good, taste good and it helps if it’s easy to eat too.

Salmon Sashimi (cold dish)

This came accompanied by a small bowl of soy and kizami wasabi (fresh wasabi) and some salad leaves.  The fish was clearly fresh and cut to order.  The pieces were a touch thinner than the ones I have been served at other restaurants, yes I noticed but this was something I quite liked as it as that bit easier to eat all in one go.  The salad garnish and wasabi had been freshly prepared and the mix of fresh flavours was lovely.

Duck & Watermelon Salad (cold dish)

This is a well balanced dish with a mix of flavours and textures that work well together.  It’s delicious and super healthy too, simply take a look at the photo and you can see red lettuce, watermelon, nuts, nice fat free chunks of duck, cucumber, radish, carrot and lettuce.  This is a firm favourite of mine and I could eat a large plate of it all to myself as a meal.

The Mains

Black Cod Miso

This was delicious and for those that haven’t tried it it is a must.  Everyone I know (and I know a fair few people) that has been introduced to this dish loves the succulent, soft, moist, flaky fish and gorgeous flavour.  In many cases this will become one of you favourite dishes if it isn’t already.

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Singapore Noodles

These Singapore noodles must be one of the best I have ever had.  There was plenty of flavour, a good kick of heat and they had king prawns rather than the teeny shrimp that some others use.  In addition take a look at the size of those squid pieces!!!!!  Seriously, the quality of the dishes that came out was very good and the photos really help me give you an insight into this.

Thai Green Prawn Curry

This gorgeous coconut based soup with just the right amount of heat is full of flavour and nice sized pieces of seasonal vegetables and again those nice big prawns.  This was well made and I really couldn’t fault it.  I really do love this dish and there is also a chicken and a vegetarian version too if you prefer.

Egg Fried Rice

This was not overly greasy and had some nice bright coloured pieces of vegetable in it too which I quite liked.  This was great for soaking up all the yummy juices from the green curry and beef rendang.

Beef Rendang

Again rich in flavour this dish was fantastic.  You can taste the lemon grass coming through as well as coconut.  This is one of those warming comfort dishes that really make you feel great on eating them.  There were nice big chunks of beef that was tender without a trace of fat. The beef literally melts in the mouth.  There were also nice big chunks of sweet potato which really did work well in this dish.  This is also available in a chicken version and I think a vegetarian version with sweet potato and some other vegetables would be a lovely addition to the menu.

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Aromatic Duck

The piece of duck presented was lovely and tender and moist with perfectly crisped skin on top allowing for a nice mix of textures when this was added into the pancake with the pieces of vegetables and the hoisin sauce.  I’ve never had this with pieces of carrot and beetroot which was a lovely idea and adds colour and more nutrients to the dish.  This is a great dish for sharing and also keeping all for yourself.

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Dessert

Pistachio Creme Brulee

This was heavenly.

If I was to sum this up in two words they would be “Loved it!”  The creme was lovely a velvety smooth and simply amazing.  There as a lovely pistachio and vanilla flavour to the custard and although I had felt pretty full at the end of the meal I was so glad that I had attempted to squeeze this in too.  I wouldn’t hesitate to order this again and again it was the first time I had tried a pistachio creme brulee but I really don’t want it to be the last.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the meal at Tootoomoo and am hoping to take my husband and friends who have yet to go along to enjoy the food too.  What impressed me the most was the thought and care that went into the presentation of each dish.  Each dish looked great and this made them exceptionally appealing.  The ingredients were also of a good quality and these guys didn’t seem to take any short cuts to create their fabulously delicious food.

Have you visited one of the various Tootoomoo branches yet?

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I was invited to this restaurant to sample the lovely food and provide and honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine own.

Dozo Restaurant

I was on a mission to find a restaurant the other day to visit before going to the theatre (Prince Edward Theatre) and discovered that there was a restaurant called Dozo literally 2 doors away that looked great when I looked up its website.

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Well of course the only way to find out if it was as good as it looked was to go along and try it, so being a foodie, I did!  Accompanied by a friend, my notebook and camera I walked what must have been no more than 5-6 minutes from Leicester Square Station to the restaurant in heels I might add, yaaaaaaayyyyyyy me.

Seriously, you really couldn’t have gotten much closer to the theatre if you tried!

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The restaurant Dozo Sushi Japanese Fine Dining Restaurant has two sites Soho and South Kensington and it was the Soho site that we visited on this July evening.  As we entered we were greeted warmly and guided into the restaurant to authentic Japanese style seating.

DSC00797These were the lovely guys that prepared our dishes.

DSC00799Naturally you can’t visit a Sushi restaurant and not have Edamame and this was served freshly made and hot with a generous dusting of sea salt flakes.  Seriously moreish it is literally a case of once you pop you can’t stop.

DSC00805Having had a long day with the children I opted for a caffeine laden coke but my friend tried the fresh lemonade with mint which she thoroughly enjoyed and said it was very refreshing and easy to drink.

DSC00807The first dish to arrive was the Sashimi.

DSC00808The presentation was lovely and the fish looked extremely fresh, just look at the deep red colour of the tuna.

DSC00846The sashimi was expertly cut and presented on a bed of ice to ensure that it remained cool until it had all been eaten.

DSC00880Next was the Spider Maki.

DSC00819This comprises of soft shell crab which if you haven’t tried you really should, avocado, sesame seeds, tobiko (flying fish roe), rice and a sprinkling of tempura around the sides.  Another beautiful dish which tasted just as amazing as it looked.  I have had soft shell crab at some other restaurants and not everyone seems to get it right but these guys had it perfectly crispy and it was wonderfully fresh.

DSC00836The Spider Maki was followed by Hamachi Salad.

DSC00821Yellow tail fish rolls full of freshly cut herbs and coated in the most divine garlic and truffle sauce.  If you were eating this in the privacy of your own home you would use a spoon so as not to let all the delicious flavours in the sauce left in the dish go to waste.  The freshness of the ingredients as well as the actual ingredients, make this not only delicious but also super healthy.  I think that I might have to pop down one day for a cookery lesson by the chef as I was very impressed.

Last but not least was Robata Yaki which is a mix of grilled meat, fish and vegetables.  You can select whichever you like from the menu.

DSC00827We had the Chicken thigh with spring onion which had a wonderfully flavourful yakitori sauce and the chicken was nice and lean.  The grilled shitake mushroom which vanished very fast as it was yummy.  I got to try Enoki for the first time which is golden mushroom, this was wrapped in a juicy thick piece of bacon which was nicely salted.

DSC00859The salmon with asparagus was lovely and perfectly cooked and finally the pork belly which melts in the mouth and has the most amazing flavour you’d wish you had another 5 or so pieces to follow.

DSC00863What can I say except that this meal was superb!  Each mouthful echoes the freshness of the ingredients and the natural flavours of the ingredients; you really couldn’t fault the restaurant in any way.  There are so many more tasty treats on the menu to choose from including Dozo Bento boxes.  I managed to get a sneaky photo of some of them.

DSC00851DSC00850I am already planning who to invite along with me on my next visit which I really do hope will be soon.  Don’t let appearances be deceiving either it might look small but there is also another floor with more tables.

With its ideal location and amazing food this truly is a gem in the heart of the city that everyone whether they live in London or are just visiting really should try for themselves.  Make sure you book in advance, (to guarantee your table at your desired time) the day before should suffice.  As with all good restaurants this place gets busy and I noticed whilst we ate there was a steady stream of people coming in.