Tooting is my local area and I love it. I’m also quite partial to a good brunch. Here are my recommendations of where to enjoy one of the best meals of the weekend!
One of the original brunch spots in Tooting and still one of the best, Mud is an Australian café serving brunch favourites with a bit of a twist – try their ‘eggs benny’ with a beautifully cooked piece of pork belly. Get there early if you don’t want to queue, but it will be worth the wait if you do have to.
My favourite: corn fritter stack with avocado, chilli jam and a poached cotswold legbar egg
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
141 Mitcham Road, London, SW17 9PE
2. Green Monkey
At the other end of Tooting near Tooting Bec station, the newer Green Monkey café offers takeaway coffees and toasties, or sit in to be looked after by the friendly staff serving generously portioned brunch dishes.
My favourite: The Drill – smashed avocado on organic sourdough with chorizo, poached egg and sweet tomato chilli chutney
Mon-Fri 630am-4pm, Sat-Sun 7am-5pm
2d Tooting Bec Road, London, SW17 8BD
3. Brickwood Coffee & Bread
Brickwood was in the first wave of restaurants to take up residence in Tooting Market and has a great corner spot. With three other branches locally in Clapham, Balham and Streatham, Brickwood style themselves as Aussie inspired neighbourhood cafés. Order a flat white and a piece of banana bread to take away or indulge in their brunch menu with vegan friendly options. While they don’t take bookings you generally won’t have to queue for too long.
My favourite: Mushrooms, spinach and pine nuts with poached egg and torn ricotta on toast
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm, brunch served until 3pm
Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0SN
On the way to Colliers Wood, just past Tooting Broadway, Tota has been in Tooting since 2012 and as well as being a cosy evening restaurant has become a local favourite for relaxed brunches. Try one of their milkshakes, a stack of pancakes or eggs royale with beetroot cured salmon.
My favourite: Buttermilk pancakes with blueberry & crème fraîche
Mon-Thur 1030am-1030pm Fri-Sun 9am-1030pm
102 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0RR
5. Daddy Bao
It might not be the first place to spring to mind, but for a Taiwanese take on traditional brunch dishes I would wholeheartedly recommend trying Daddy Bao. Add their bottomless brunch cocktails for £18 for an hour or £50 for the whole day.
My favourite: Bao Benedict – a bao bun with slow braised pork, spinach, egg and yuzu hollandaise
Brunch Sat-Sun 11am-4pm alongside their regular menu
113 Mitcham Road, London, SW17 9PE
6. Milk Teeth
The sister café to the ever popular Milk in Balham, Milk Teeth arrived in Tooting Broadway in 2017 and has a slightly more chilled vibe, and thankfully tends not to have such long queues. Milk Teeth often have specials as well as an interesting brunch menu served in an instagrammable minimalist setting. Try a Young Betty – poached eggs on sourdough with fermented chilli and espresso hollandaise.
My favourite: Sweet Maria – sweetcorn fritters, crispy halloumi, smashed avo, kasundi and lime
Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm
110 Mitcham Road, London, SW17 9NG
…and in case that wasn’t enough choice, look out for Brunch Supperclub pop ups at Goldfinch bar on Mitcham Road, a delicious and social brunch on long tables to which you can also add bottomless bubbles.