“ Address: 120 Holland Park Avenue / London / W11 4UA / England „
Our friends have recently purchased a house in Holland Park and after a day of helping them move, we decided to head off to a local pub for a few drinks. We found ourselves in the pub longer than anticipated and by the time we all realised that we were hungry, the pub had finished serving food. It was suggested by my husband that we head off to Tootsies.
Tootsies Holland Park is located on Holland Park avenue and is a short hop, skip and a jump from Holland Park tube station and it is maybe worth mentioning that Holland Park was in fact the first Tootsies restaurant which of their now ever growing chain.
It is located in the middle of a row of shops and appears quite small from the outside, however inside there is a decently sized seating area available.
As we arrived at the restaurant at just after 10pm, it was quite quiet, therefore we were seated immediately and were able to choose our table. We chose to sit near the window and watch the world go by along the bustling road.
Tootsies is a perfect location for good food in a modern yet friendly setting. The décor is basic yet comfortable and there is a very relaxed and informal feel in their restaurants which I like.
*Service and food*
Our waitress appeared friendly and welcoming and handed us the menus whilst informing us to give her a shout when we were ready. As we were all slightly merry, Tootsies fell into the perfect category for post pub comfort food and before I had even examined the menu, I knew that I would be taking one of their delicious and filling burgers.
There is an extensive choice of foods available on the menu with food for both adults and children. Tootsies restaurant begin their day by serving breakfast. The menu then proceeds on to offer set lunch time menus and dishes such as burgers, pasta, salads and sandwiches. There is also a good selection of starters, sides and desserts. There is something for everyone on their menu range and their food is delicious.
It is also worth mentioning that Tootsies is also very child friendly and offers a wonderful children's menu which is inspired by Annabel Karmel, the children's nutritionist.
My favourite Tootsies dish by far is the chilli burger which is served with fries and a small side salad. The perfect accompaniment to this is of course their home made coleslaw which is lovely. The burger is large in size with a juicy and high quality burger and is topped with home made chilli. The fries are always crispy and evenly cooked and the coleslaw is freshly made with carrot, lettuce and mayonnaise. I can never quite manage to finish my food here as the portions are very generous.
This visit was to be as good as it usually is. We received our drinks and waited for our food which was to follow in good time. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available here and they also have a good wine menu, though I usually take the optimum drink to accompany my burger, a coke.
The only negative that I can find with Tootsies is that I feel that it is slightly over priced. When I am in London, I expect to pay the prices as it is the same everywhere, however, I think that outside of London, the prices are on the high side.
All in all, a great relaxed restaurant with good, stodgy comfort food and excellent service.
Tootsies has something for everyone whether it be sandwiches, salads or something from the grill!