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Momo (Bar, Restaurant)

Picture of Momo in Mayfair, London

25-27 Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BH
Cuisine: Moroccan Average Price: £60.00
Tel: 020 7434 4040 | Email to Momo | Transport: Piccadilly Circus | Write review

Momo Review

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Whilst it’s true many things get worse with time - general flexibility, the Saw movie franchise, Hobnobs - there are those rare exceptions that defy the odds and actually improve with age: fine wine, George Clooney, life stories (hopefully). Another minority to be noted would be Momo, a North African restaurant that first opened its doors in 1997, and due to the constant stream of people passing through, hasn’t been able to close them since.

Thirteen years on and Momo finds itself in its teenage years, the carefree prepubescent time is over and ahead lies the awkward, rebellious phase, full of low self esteem and self doubt. Or so I thought. The thing is, this glamorous Moroccan restaurant – which boasts returning customers such as Madonna, Guy Ritchie and more footballers than Polyphonic Spree members - didn’t experience the terrible 2s, and it doesn’t look to be set on a troubled path for its teen years either. Instead of the urge to stifle any individuality, Momo has control of its hormones and is proof that age really is just a number.

Part of this North African restaurant’s longevity could be due to owner Mourad (who has more friends than there are grains of Saharan sands), or the systematic flow of bodies through Momo’s three divisions; the ground floor restaurant and adjoining terrace, the “Downstairs” at Momo bar (which hosts live music every Tuesday) and the next-door Mo Tearoom & Bazaar; three area’s each transporting you on a magic carpet ride to a more exotic land - without the need of a visa or passport.

However, I was wrong to think I’d find an abundance of room on this magic piece of patterned and tasselled fabric. This is not the Momo way. Instead of a lot of leg room, the restaurant is favourable to the concept of the less personal space, the better; having diners sat in such close quarters I felt more like I was at a big family reunion, only at Momo’s everyone has come out of choice, not through a compelled notion of blood-bound duty. This lack of room could be comparable to economy but at Momo’s, the only ticket available is first class.

This means first class service. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Berber or Arabic dialects, the native language at Momo is friendly; and all in first class surroundings. Momo’s hasn’t just painted the walls, chucked a few cushions about and decided to be done with it. It’s far more intricate than that. I’m talking stone walls and hand blown-glass lamps, wooden window screens and low slung tables, banquettes laden with plump cushions. It took several blinks for my eyes to adjust from the grey of London’s streets to this world of rich colours, my ears a rub to really hear the mesmerising Maghrebian music and a sharp inhale of breath to fill my nose with the intoxicating smells of sweet couscous, cumin, cinnamon, saffron and ginger. The dull musings of my usually troubled mind were instantly silenced and I sat, ready to re-educate another sense: taste.

The cheese, mint and potato filled Briouats were complemented perfectly with a quince marmalade whilst my date’s pan fried scallops disappeared so quickly only the remains of the aubergine chutney and salsa verdebore were evidence to there ever having been food on the near-clean plate.

Mains were just as well received and scarily, just as quickly consumed, and I am now at liberty to divulge that the best dish at Momo is the Couscous Momo. At £20.50 it’s not cheap but the portion isn’t cheap either as it’s not just one dish but a unity of four: a solid platter of skewered lamb, Merguez sausage, and an entire lamb shank (this is still the first plate by the way), accompanied by a pile of golden semolina, a bowl of spicy broth loaded with turnips, courgettes and carrots and a pyramid of couscous grains.

Sweet and minty Moroccan tea was the perfect post-dinner antidote to the oddly pleasant fire that raged in my mouth, which - although momentarily extinguished - has set alight an arsonist desire in me. I shall be back to Momo’s to set fire once again to my tongue and all my others senses too, and if it’s not me sending the place up in flames, it’s sure to be the hazardously large amount of candles on Momo’s birthday cake as this restaurant steadily ages without really getting old at all.
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Customer Reviews for Momo

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Had a amazing time at Momo. The service was very good and so was the athmosphere ! You really feel the moroccan athmosphere and the cocktails are good. i would recommend going to Momo and to Bar downstairs”
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Miss Sally Gown, Surrey (6 years 4 months 10 days ago)

“We wanted to celebrate our anniversary in style and decided to head to the famed Momo to see if it lived up to its reputation and it certainly did. The restaurant is wonderfully atmospheric and felt a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of central London. For starters, I went for the crispy sardines (so delicious) and for my main course, a great chicken couscous. My other half had the chicken tagine - another hit. We washed down our food with a tasty Moroccan red called El Baraka Réserve. A great meal and a memorable anniversary.”
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EDWARD POULTER, LONDON (8 years 1 months 25 days ago)

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Momo Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Moroccan
  • Average Price: £60.00

Momo Food Menu

Head Chef Mohamed Ourad has created a menu balancing authentic North African food with more contemporary dishes created with North African produce to suit every palate.

Updated 19/03/2012

Momo Drinks Menu

Enjoy a wide variety of cocktails, there is something for everyone. Momo Special (a wicked mix of vodka, mint, lemon juice, sugar syrup and soda) comes especially recommended.

Updated 07/03/2007

Item Description Price
Marrakech o'Marrakech Bacardi rhum, mint, lemon juice and sirop de gomme, topped up with Pommery Brut Royal. £ 8.00
Momo Special Absolut vodka or Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh mint, fresh lemon juice, sirop de gomme topped up with soda water £ 8.50

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