Hoochi Mamas Review
A compact but thoughtfully designed bar just by Tooting Broadway tube station with a laid back atmosphere and warm ambiance. The décor is simple but effective: wooden tables and chairs combined with inviting squidgy sofas. Service is courteous, relaxed and unintrusive, and bar staff seem more than willing to engage in conversation. Background music is usually being played but not loud enough to make conversation difficult. Famed for some of the best pancakes and pizzas in the Tooting area and a good selection of continental beers.
The ‘ghetto fabulous’ style that defines a hoochi mama in urban slang is not a pre-requisite for entry. Indeed, the clientele consists mainly of locals holed up for a good chat. Hoochi Mamas is on the higher end of the market compared to some of Tooting Broadway’s pubs but is home to a good mix of nationalities and maintains a broad appeal. There is the chance to feel that bit more like an intellectual here than in your average bar though, with a selection of daily newspapers and The Economist available to leaf through at the bar. Space is at a premium but the tables are not squeezed too closely together and the customers’ demeanours suggest this is an ideal venue for relaxing.
Hoochi Mamas is unique for the area because it’s the bar with the most bohemian feel in Tooting Broadway. It’s a refreshing change from the chains which dominate this section of the high street and the designers seemed to have had fun experimenting with a range of furnishings (including wacky yellow chairs outside). The ambient lighting is dim but there’s enough colour on the walls and the posters to give the feel of a world beyond south London. There’s an urban chic about the place which is confirmation of the gentrification of Tooting Broadway.
A good range of beers on tap including Kronenbourg, Guiness, Staropramen and Belleville Kriek – a Belgian cherry beer – give this bar an enviable selection for its size. However, be warned that not all these varieties are necessarily available at the same time.
A selection of bar food such as salads, sandwiches and oysters at reasonable prices. Food service isn’t the quickest (one woman and her apron appear to run the whole show) but there is something homely about the simplicity of the grub on offer and its presentation....read more
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