Luminous brioche laminations and thick slices of tarts blessed with citrus from Todoli are quotidian beauties.
Toklas is a Mediterranean restaurant with its own bakery, situated between the Strand and the river Thames. After climbing a few steps, guests enter via a large, planted terrace that overlooks a classic London street, lined with Victorian buildings, King’s College and the facade of a disused Tube station. There is a distant view of the Thames.
The restaurant is simply decorated, with a reclaimed parquet floor, vintage Scandinavian chairs and green leather banquettes. Guests will find an open kitchen, a bar, and artworks by Wolfgang Tillmans and Ragna Bley. A patchwork of art posters from the last 40 years lines the bar wall.
The terrace can accommodate around 80 diners - with heaters and canopies, it’s generally comfortable from May to October. Drinks and a short snack menu are served in the bar area and at the front of the terrace from 5.30pm, Tuesday - Saturday. The bakery is open for bread, patisserie, salads and sandwiches from 8am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
Toklas is a great place for an event or party. A sliding wall can separate the bar area to create a private room for up to 80 dining or 150 standing.