Toto’s Restaurant, South Kensington
Toto’s is an elegant Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge offering contemporary authentic dishes. Housed in the beautiful Grade-II listed Walton House, the restaurant reopened recently after an extensive two year refurbishment. A sleek bar serving Italian inspired cocktails, an intimate mezzanine overlooking the dining room which boasts a large fire place and a beautiful hidden courtyard perfect for the summer months makes it well worth the two year wait.
Having heard some great things about Toto’s, my sister Hilary and I decided to go for dinner a few weeks ago for a good old catch up and to see what everyone had been talking about. Even with the good reviews, we couldn’t have anticipated how incredible our evening was going to be.
Upon arrival we were taken downstairs and seated at our lovely table next to the window which overlooked the courtyard. The ceiling is incredibly high so its no wonder the restaurant has a beautiful mezzanine, perfect for private dining. I also couldn’t help but notice the large fire place, which adds character to the room and makes it feel almost homely.
Feeling very at ease by our surroundings, we ordered a glass of prosecco to start followed by the best bellini we had ever had. My sister actually couldn’t stop going on about it and asked front of house manager Enrico what was in it to make it taste so different. “It’s our secret”, he replied. Not surprising they want to keep the recipe to themselves as I would return just for their bellini’s. We enjoyed a freshly baked bread basket with a selection of meats and mozerella cheese with our drinks.
After a short break Enrico recommend trying the popular crab salad with avocado and cold tomato sauce. This dish absolutely blew our minds with its interesting textures and delectable taste. And as if the crab and avocado soup combination wasn’t enough, out came the tagliolini with lobster, sweet chilli and cherry tomatoes. Now my taste buds were really in for a treat. The lobster was cooked perfectly, melting in your mouth followed by a sweet chilli kick. Hilary and I found our conversation turning from what we had both been up to lately to being immersed in conversation about the delicious food we were eating and how much we were enjoying ourselves at this lovely little Italian restaurant. Moving onto wine for our main meals we first tried some white (Gavidi Gavi DOCG, Villa Sparina) and then some red (Alto Adige DOC, Pinot Noir, Riserva Montigl, Cantina Terlano) as we indulged in more wondrous food like the veal chop with roasted potato and sage and the free range baby chicken, caponata of vegetables with diavola sauce. Thanks to the perfect timing in between the different dishes we still had a little room for desert so went on to order the lemon panna cotta and of course the tiramisu which was absolutely superb. Not realising we had been in the restaurant for three hours already, we finally ended our evening with a shot of Limoncello. Manafic!
Starter: £9 – £19
Main: £19 – £39
Desert: £7 – £9
Walton House (Lennox Gardens Mews)