About

Welcome to TOTA, a place to eat, meet and relax – smack bang in the heart of Tooting Broadway.

According to legend TOTA may well have been an Anglo Saxon chieftain in days of yore.

Today TOTA gives its name to a restaurant where the food brims with confidence, the setting is London urban cool blended with vintage overtones, and the ambience is laid back and classy.

Whatever time of day or night, TOTA aims to deliver food to soothe the soul with comforting classics, or to tantalise the tastebuds with robust flavours.

After 30 years of cooking around the world, chef Gary Doherty is bringing his eclectic style of cooking to Tooting – forget the word fusion – this is a kaleidoscope of food!


TOTA – by day a relaxing retreat from the hustle of the High Street, serving seductive sandwiches, fab brunch and crunchy salads to set your mouth watering, all washed down with tip top coffee, artisan beers and an affordable wine list.

TOTA – by night bring on the candles and night balm. Food endowed with flavour and balance, quirky specials that take full advantage of seasonality and favourite classics.

TOTA – chameleon like TOTA re-emerges on Sunday morning with a pukka brunch, for those that prefer to lie in… come and give thanks at the “roast altar” later in the day!

TOTA – means we know how to look after you. Attentive service, creative food, an eye for detail, single estate coffee, not to mention free range lamb & game direct from Tower View farm in Somerset.

TOTA – means doing things properly, from home curing & smoking our own produce, to scouring the locality to partner with like minded people to supply our ingredients. Our ginger beer is from Brixton – from a nice chap called Ozzie!


Having produced food in all four corners of the Earth, and sometimes having to rely on the most basic ingredients, Gary’s cooking is infused with creativity and an appreciation that simplicity is key.

TOTA is the culmination of the last 30 years exploring flavours, cooking styles, and ingredients from around the world – come and explore!

We look forward to seeing you at TOTA.

Gary & the team