Plot, Tooting | restaurant review.
After two consecutive nights of eating out to the point of feeling uncomfortably full, it was with trepidation that I went to Tooting for a catch up over dinner. Visions of all of the chicken wings, nachos and fried pastries recently consumed floating through my head, I wanted something light, healthy-ish, and something which wasn't going to make me immediately want a nap.
Plot is 'Modern British', which seems to be what we're calling any restaurant with small plates and no obvious Asian fusion, but it does live to up the concept, with the localities of ingredients right there on the menu (even walnuts from Wandsworth!). The restaurant is tiny, with an open kitchen consisting of one enormous stove and two speedy cooks, and seating is either at the wraparound bar or the long wooden tables out in the market. I recommend the bar, especially if you want to be able to see (or even photograph) what you're eating.
Service was relatively speedy and attentive, although they did try to explain the 'small plates concept' to us, which is a bit ridiculous in London in 2017 - at this point I'm much less familiar with the whole starters-mains-sides shebang. The food was beautiful, however. We ordered everything but the potatoes (cutting down on carbs, natch, which was then redundant after working our way through both desserts), and it was all good. The best thing was possibly the marmite butter we got before we'd even ordered anything - marmite BUTTAH I mean come on. Ridiculously good.
The only quibble I have is that the rhubarb & ginger crumble had an undercooked crumble topping and an overcooked compote-like base, but stick with the blood orange Bakewell tart and you'll do just fine. The bill came to about £80 for the two of us plus a couple of drinks, pretty damn good.