Where to Eat: The Most Romantic Restaurants in Tooting

Livvi Alderson-Tuck

Whether you are married with children, celebrating your first as a couple, or in the early (read awkward) stages of dating, Valentine's Day is always a minefield, and finding the perfect place to eat is only one of the battles. If you are a South London-dwelling romantic, take a look at our recommendations for the best places to eat this Valentine's in Tooting.

If you don't mind sharing your romantic evening with other loved up foodies, head to Plot which is tucked away within the buzzing Broadway Market. Plot showcases the best of British and local produce, with a weekly changing menu offering simple dishes which allow their ingredients to shine. Recent dishes include charred iceberg lettuce with Stilton cream and hazelnuts, Kentucky fried rabbit legs with blood orange aioli and Yorkshire rhubarb panna cotta. With only a limited amount of tables, we would recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment, and if your true love affair is with food, make sure you get a bar seat where you can see the chefs at work. 
With cosy, candle lit plush seating booths, TOTA is the perfect spot to snuggle up next to your loved one this Valentine's. Head chef Gary Doherty spent thirty years cooking around the globe before settling in Tooting Broadway, so expect lots of multicultural influences in his menu. Highlights from the menu include harrisa cauliflower with houmous, flaked almonds and date molasses, skate wing with brown shrimp and caper beurre noisette & pear and frangipane tart with crime fraiche. TOTA also has a tempting wine selection which covers the world so you'll be able to find the perfect bottle to share with your Valentine. 
The Castle
This pub is a local favourite due to its impressive beer selection, great roasts, roaring fires and chilled out vibes. However, if you want to upgrade your trip to the pub into a romantic retreat, book into one of their outdoor igloos which are available throughout winter. While you still may be in Tooting, with cosy fur blankets, twinkling lights and little outdoor heaters, you and your date will be transported to the Alps; a far more romantic destination! And to complete the illusion, order their sharing Camembert- what's more intimate that lovingly feeding your partner cheese soaked hunks of bread? 

If you and your partner share everything in your relationship, head to Meza this Valentine's to tuck into traditional Lebanese with a variety of delicious sharing dishes. Their menu is extensive, and all the food is packed of incredible Middle Eastern flavours. If you are wanting to spice up your love life, try their Kafka Kash Kash, grilled minced lamb skewers with a hot chilli sauce. The fried falafel with their creamy houmous is also a highlight. With endless opportunities to share and create a new mouthful each time, we also would suggest Meza for any double daters out there.

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