Momo

Restaurants , Moroccan Mayfair
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London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant, with sexy Marrakech-style interiors, a seductive buzz, great starters and tagines, and near-perfect couscous.

Still London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant, Momo attracts a fair smattering of beautiful people alongside couples on special dates, hen parties and business types. The soundtrack of classic Maghrebi beats and attractive young francophone waiting staff create a seductive buzz. Sexy Marrakech-style interiors, sparkling with light from intricately latticed mashrabiya-style windows and ornate metalwork lanterns, add to the allure. Tables are small and tightly packed, but somehow this rarely seems an imposition.

Enjoy deliciously light, carefully crafted starters such as juicy prawns wrapped in crispy shredded kataifi pastry with a sour-sweet mango and tomato salsa, or scrumptious pan-fried scallops with a piquant salsa verde, before moving on to Moroccan classics such as lamb tagine with pears and prunes. But the main attraction has to be the near-perfect couscous: silky fine grains served with vegetables in a light cumin-scented broth, with tender, juicy chicken, plump golden raisins, chickpeas and harissa – all served separately so you can mix them as you please.

Such delights coupled with a pricey wine list result in a hefty bill, so Momo needs to iron out the galling little niggles such as the shabby dark toilets and the occasionally inattentive service.

Venue name: Momo
Contact:
Address: 25 Heddon Street
London
W1B 4BH
Opening hours: Open everyday from 11am (10am on week ends) Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Afternoon tea served 12.30-5.30pm. Dinner served 6.30-11.30pm daily. Brunch Sat and Sun from 11.30am to 3pm.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Main courses £17.50-£28. Set lunch £15.50 2 courses, £19.50 3 courses. Set dinner £45-£55 3 courses incl cocktail
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