Stumbling across this restaurant in West Hampstead whilst meeting a friend for lunch this week, was perhaps one of the best finds in recent months – it was definitely Toomai liking!
Toomai pan asian street food restaurant based on West End Lane, promises to take you on a culinary voyage across streets of the far east – and that it definitely did.
With a mix of tables from long benches to smaller tables, upon arriving to Toomai restaurant you get a huge sense of a friendly, welcoming, informal atmosphere. The owner welcomed us in and was very accommodating. The decoration is modern, with a very urban edge. The lighting is very subtle, but if you take a good look around has some fantastic features.
We went on a Thursday lunchtime so granted it wasn’t overly busy – but the service was excellent. Menu’s were given promptly and explained with a choice between the express lunch or the main menu. Amazingly the express menu is super cheap, starting at around £5.50 for a main course and £3.99 for a starter. The food came out pretty quickly – sometimes you go to places where it’s too quick, but this was just the right timing in between starters and mains, to give us a little break.
The food and drink
You couldn’t fault the food (and it’s not often I say that!) Both the starters and mains were bursting with flavours. If you want your meal spicier, just ask for it upon ordering and they’ll accommodate to your liking. My friend and I shared the tempura prawns and chicken skewers to start, followed by a spicy green thai curry and sweet and sour chicken.
The food was all cooked fresh in the open kitchen, which is fantastic to see – not many restaurants have these any more, but I do think it shows confidence in the quality of food they are producing.
Being a Thursday lunchtime, we didn’t opt for one of their cocktails, but they did have a large range of cocktails, fresh juices, beers, spirits and wines.
Will I be back?
This restaurant is definitely a great addition to West Hampstead’s growing great restaurants. I’ll be going back for sure! Many of my friends have already seen the pictures on my Instagram and have said we need to visit – so it’s already in my diary to go back over the next couple of months.
Check out their website: http://www.toomai.co/
Call to book a table: 020 7433 8212
Find them: 221 West End Lane, next to Ladbrokes.