Mark Kimber and Harry Smith will open their first restaurant, Plot, in Tooting’s Broadway Market on the 11th of January 2017. Located a stone’s throw away from cousins Mark and Harry’s family homes, Plot will use suppliers from across the Isles and their local community to create a menu of small plates, showcasing the best of British. The kitchen will be run by Giles Elstob, a dedicated chef with a lifelong passion for food and experience in Michelin starred kitchens in the UK and Spain.
Having spent the majority of their days immersed in the world of food; Mark co-founding the restaurant-centric publication Food Edited. and Harry spending much of his childhood over the stove on the Isle of Wight, the decision to open a restaurant rooted in provenance and produce was a natural progression for the duo. A converted unit in the historic Tooting Broadway Market will be the setting for Plot’s fifteen seat restaurant.
Giles has designed a concise menu that will change according to the British seasons, served from an open kitchen. With many of their suppliers located just around the corner, including meat from Chadwick’s on Tooting High Street, and fish from Moxons in Clapham South, locality will be at the heart of Plot. Bar snacks will include Stone-in-Oxney olives from Kent and cured meats and pickled beets from West Dorset. Classic British staples will be given a twist in the form of Chicken & smoked ham hock terrine with cider & honey mustard, Roast cod with curried tartare sauce and scraps, Braised beef cheek with pickled red cabbage and crispy onion and Charred hispi cabbage with brown butter & hazelnuts. Two desserts of Seville orange Marmalade bakewell with clotted cream and Burnt cream and rhubarb will complete the evening offering.
Plot will open for breakfast, serving coffee and a host of pastries from The Celtic Bakers and at lunchtime, there will be a short menu designed for a quick bite. A Lincolnshire poacher toastie with sherry pickled onion will sit alongside lighter dishes such as Roast beetroot soup with horseradish cream and a Crispy garlic chicken caesar salad.‘The food offering in Tooting has been on the up for a while now, and we’re really excited to be joining that movement, especially as the area holds so many memories for us, growing up just down the road’ says Mark. ‘Opening in the Market is the perfect fit for us’ adds Harry ‘A relaxed, community space to celebrate the best ingredients Britain has to offer. We couldn’t think of a better place for Plot to be starting off’
Plot will stock a host of British craft beers and serve classic cocktails made to order. The wine list will hail from far and wide, whilst championing homegrown vineyards, with bottles from the Chapel Down Estate in Kent and Nyetimber in West Sussex.
In contrast to the bustle of Tooting Broadway Market, Plot will be a relaxed space, with a sleek marble top bar, Circus Pendant Lamps by Corinna Warm, and a traditional British feel. Extending tables will cater for groups of four or more to dine together. The restaurant will also be used as a platform to host guest supper clubs and residencies throughout the year, in a continuation of Mark and Harry’s desire to bring innovative and fresh ideas to the area.