Facts about Crouch End:
- It was the inspiration for Stephen King’s short story of the same name
- It’s yummy mummy ville: read = artsy, green and leafy with red brick cute townhouses and buggies galore
- It’s a people watching and foodie paradise… including a newly renovated restaurant with a brand new menu , TooTooMoo!!
My only experience of Crouch End has been when I’m passing through, never stopping – coming back from Alexandra Palace or running down the Parkland way a few times. I’ve lost count of the names of restaurants and cafes that I’ve jotted down in passing – there are lots of nice places here to try.
TooTooMoo Crouch End was the original restaurant founded in 2012 – there are three others around North London too. I’m a sucker for a story, so when I heard the restaurant is named after an Indonesian folklore story about a hungry giant, of course I couldn’t resist.
The Pan Asian tapas offering is the brainchild of Philip McGuiness and executive chef, Ricky Pang – spotting the absence of authentic Asian street food shophouses that exist in the East. They must have known I was coming as this suits me down to the ground. I’m a sharing nibbles / small plates and lots of them type of grazer – the boy can vouch for me when I say my hand shoots across the table to pinch his food before I’ve even set eyes on my own meal of choice.
IF you were dining with me that evening, you would have had half a chance at getting your hands on the following Asian-fusion faire:
Kick off with…
- Spicy Cucumber Margarita (£8) – the perfect heat to tang ratio
- I also tried the Elderflower TooTooMoo (£7) – a dangerous one as it tastes just like juice and was gone in a second
Sit down to the table and order:
- Chicken Gyoza – £4
- Sushi – is really, really good! Get the California Prawn or the Soft Shell Crab Maki to be really (x4 pieces – £6.50)
- Tempura anything is a hit with me but try the popcorn shrimp (£6.50) – Asia’s answer to posh scampi
- I’m also very upset that I didn’t order my usual duck pancakes (£8.50) as they looked delicious and good portion size. To compensate we did have a portion of the duck and watermelon salad (£6.50) which was a real hit and lots of meat vs fruit. I may try to recreate that one at home but will be adding some pomegranate seeds too
- The miso salmon fillet crumbled into succulent flakes (HEAVEN! ORDER THIS)
- Beef Rendang curry (£6.50) – definitely a pleaser for the boys (order rice as an extra)
- Chicken Thai Green Curry (£6) (order rice as an extra)
And to finish we had the marvellous…
- Pistachio Creme brûlée – silky and creamy. The texture was smooth, buttery and the nutty flavour subtle and tasty. A nice surprise to crack the caramelised sugar topping only to see the green hue underneath. Nicely done!
Would I come back? Yes! It’s music to my ears that they have a happy hour on the cocktails and now deliver – excellent news for my new flat based just down the road in Archway. And even more excited to try the three other branches in Highgate, Whetstone and brand new Angel Islington.