On these hot summer days cooking at home is even less appealing so, yet again, we decided to head to Tooting and see what took our fancy.
We wandered through Broadway Market and, as usual, were impressed by the breadth of choice on offer. It’s an ever changing range of options to appeal to any taste.
As we turned the corner we came across Dar, a Mediterranean restaurant that we hadn’t seen before. The waitress was very persuasive and enthusiastic about the dishes on offer. This approach of luring diners in reminded us of being on holiday somewhere and, the heat being what it was, only added to the overall effect.
The unit is nicely decorated with bench seating around the side with blue cushions. This reminded us of Santorini. They run a happy hour between 6pm-7.30 so we ordered a glass of wine and a beer and ended up with 2 of each. A great start.
The menu included flatbreads and a range of dips, such a hummus to start. There were then 4 green or vegetable dishes, a range of meat dishes and then fish and seafood.
We chose to start with flatbread and tzatziki. We were advised that most people order a couple of dishes each to share so we went for burrata, saffron chicken and fennel stew, grilled prawn kebab and spicy merguez sausages.
The tzatziki arrived and looked lovely. It had been adorned with pistachio nuts and some edible flowers. Flavour-wise, it was fresh and like the tzatziki we’d eaten in Santorini last year. The flatbread was nicely toasted and we made short work of it.
The main dishes started to arrive and all looked fantastic. The burrata was served drizzled with pomegranate balsamic and with pistachios and slices of burnt orange. The cheese was creamy and light and the accompaniments went really well with it.
The grilled prawn kebab was served on a flatbread with garlic yoghurt and some smoky burnt aubergine. This really complimented the grilled flavour of the prawns and the yoghurt cut through the richness of that nicely.
The spicy merguez sausages were tasty, with hints of spice, sitting on a tomato salsa salad with harissa, which gave it a subtle hint of heat.
Finally, the saffron chicken and fennel stew arrived which smelt lovely. The two pieces of chicken were well cooked, and had a good amount of meat. It was nicely flavoured by the saffron and fennel.
This was a really nice meal and whilst eating it, it was easy to forget we were actually sat in a market in Tooting rather than somewhere in the Mediterranean.