Good things come in small packages. So they say. Though this classic idiom is one that is all too often shrouded in insecurity and doubt. One place, however, that you should never have any doubts about is The Little Taperia.
The Little Bar (slightly littler, just as great) was the first bijou venture by Madeline Lim, and her second, this time in partnership with Hikmat Antippa (owner of local Lebanese restaurant Meza), has become even more of a success. Nestled on one corner of the rapidly redeveloping Tooting High Street; its modest russet front may be overlooked if it weren’t for the throng of sun-starved south Londoners storming through its doors seeking a (quite literal) taste of the Med.
An attractive marble-topped, wooden-fronted bar with low-level copper pendant lighting gives way onto an equally handsome open kitchen area set against white exposed brick walls. In laid-back continental style, food is served everywhere – the bar seats being amongst the best in the casa.
The menu is a simple blend of classic Spanish tapas, as you would hope, but with some modern twists thrown in to boot – the Morcilla scotch eggs, encased in black pudding are a moreish surprise and impossible not to order.
The cocktail list is a sizeable, but carefully selected, order of revived Mediterranean classics – Negronis, Aperol Spritz – and even old-timer Sangria gets made-over in pink, with a version of delightfully refreshing grapefruit and sparkling rose.
143 Tooting High Street