Rick’s Cafe, Tooting - http://www.ricks-restaurant.co.uk/ Much loved by Tooting locals, Rick’s confit duck is fab and he has supplied us with haggis, neaps and tatties for the last two Burn’s Nights. Come with removable layers though – near the door is drafty and near the kitchen is boiling, but with up to 30 people essentially squeezed into Rick’s front room it’s hardly surprising.
Sappho Meze Bar, Clapham North - http://www.london-eating.co.uk/28769.htm £9.50 (cash only) for a menu-free dining experience of about 20 small home-madeGgreek dishes, lovingly prepared and served by the father and daughter duo at this family-run favourite. Don’t think they’re open Mondays or lunchtime, so worth a call first. Great dining experience with hungry friends.
Gastro, Clapham Common - https://plus.google.com/107641868137526698042/about?gl=uk&hl=en Best for bouillabaisse (fish soup) with all the extras including home-made garlic mousse, and brutally good coffee.
Harvester, Windmill Road, Mitcham - www.harvester.co.uk A classic for when you’re very, very hungry at 4pm on a Sunday. Half a spitroast chicken with corn, fries, red devil sauce and a salad cart, please. If you're too snobby to come with me then you're missing out!
Numero Uno, Tooting Bec – www.numero-uno-restaurant.co.uk Best for pizza – The Four Seasons and their Numero Uno Special with rocket, prosciutto and (gasp!)white truffle, all for only £7.95 each to take away. If eating in then the monster size king prawns wrapped in parma ham and fried in garlic butter are the way to go. But don’t have more than a small glass of house red with it or you’ll need an entire box of Rennie.
Tram and Social, Tooting Broadway http://www.antic-ltd.com/tooting/ – shabby chic interiors, ales, wines, well priced prosecco, hit-and-miss but occasionally brilliant DJs, slouching and dancing, dress up or dress down, sausage rolls behind the bar if you’re quick, art students and ethnically diverse locals. Jumble sales and burlesque on weekend daytimes. Open very late. All in a big old shed for trams. All hail Antic, the saviours of South London and now the proud owner of at least half of Tooting! http://www.antic-ltd.com/index.htm
The Selkirk, Tooting Broadway - http://www.theselkirk.co.uk/ Go on a Monday for their 2 4 1 burger deal and check out the food and drink deals for the rest of the week.
Costas Café, Tooting Bec - https://plus.google.com/107123377364678869449/about?gl=uk&hl=en Nothing to do with the coffee chain. I love Costas. They feed me toast, baked beans, black pudding and peppermint tea when I’ve had too many lemonades the night before, and charge me anywhere between £2.10 and £4.40 depending on how the Turkish economy is fairing that week.
Tomorrow: My 'Still To Try' list.