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.

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Momo says
Whether it's alfresco lunch on the shaded terrace, mezze in the café or dinner in the restaurant, Momo has delights for everybody at all times.

The cuisine offers a North African-inspired menu with a Mediterranean accent – a fusion of fresh local ingredients and spices to fashion more contemporary dishes.

Sample mezze delicacies like stuffed courgette flowers with seafood, cheese briouats, king prawns kataifi, fresh mechouia (charcoal roasted peppers with tomato and garlic) and traditional kofta tagine – beautifully spiced minced lamb with charmoula sauce.

Off the weekend brunch menu, try the full Moroccan that definitely gives the full English a run for its money. The Momo burger is fast becoming the most popular item on the menu.
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Venue name: Momo
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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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  • 5 star:12
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  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:4
  • 1 star:12
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Adil
3 of 3 found helpful

I have been going to Momo for some years now , and all i can tell it has never loose the magic. The food is very good and the staff efficient and helpful. I am not familiar with the restaurant as i often go the their cafe or terrace. One of the best place in London

Jeremy
2 of 2 found helpful

Had a fantastic Lunch at Momo. My table was in the terrace and the service was perfect. Enjoyed the Lunch set menu which is good value for money. I suggest the Momo special Cocktail for drinks , the food was delicious. I could only recomment the restaurant !

Maja L
1 of 1 found helpful

Came to Momo for the 1st time on a Friday night after starting to be a regular for their weekend Brunch (you should try that! Especially their twist on the Full English Breakfast).

The main restaurant made us travel to Morocco and forget we where in London. Tagines superb & couscous tasty but very filling. We will definity revisit for dinner on the top of loving the brunch!

Rosa
1 of 1 found helpful

Yes this place is not cheap, but it is enchanting to sit outdoor in the summer, and the Kemia bar downstairs is pretty special. Momo is a favorite place of mine. Been going for over 7 years.

Ricobran
1 of 1 found helpful

Beautifully decorated. Great atmosphere. Lovely food. But even though the staff were really friendly, the service was pretty poor. It took far too long to get our drinks, and when the bread was put on the table none of us got stuck in because our mouths were so dry. Our food also took too long, but the friendly waitress gave us a few complimentary starters to keep us going, which thought was very nice as we hadn't actually complained (yet). It's very pricey, and because of the service I feel it's not really justified. But saying that I would definitely go back, for the ambiance alone.

Rachid C

Great team working there with delicious foods. I was really happy with their services.

OG K

Great place with lovely atmosphere. The service is top top! The food is mixture tradition and exotic. There is a coffee and club side as well. I am happy to be a customer there as much as possible.
Special thanks to Mo one of the managers that made me and my friends feel special. X

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

Momo is located on Heddon Street, just off of bustling Regent Street and makes for a great place for a relaxed meal. We went for Sunday lunch and sat out on the patio, surrounded by lots of nice potted plants. The restaurant wasn’t too busy around 1:00 and the service was very friendly. We had a Timeout voucher for a 3 course meal with a drink and were very impressed with every dish we had. I first had baby aubergines for a starter, then a vegetarian tagine as the main and a raspberry pistachio tart for dessert. All of the dishes were beautifully flavoured and the portions were just the right size. Although we didn’t eat inside, the interiors of the restaurant looked beautiful, like a Moroccan palace. Although our meal was a good deal with the voucher, the a la carte menu did look pretty expensive. It’s the kind of place you would want to be treated to for a nice birthday dinner or an afternoon tea. 

GeorgeX
Tastemaker

An authentic Moroccon restaurant, in heart of London, just hidden in a small road behing Regent Street. Excellent environment, music, style, atmoshere, interiors that make you feel that you are no longer in London. The food was really good, properly sized, with strong aromas like genuine Moroccan food. A bit over-priced but totally recommended.

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

I have been to Momo a couple of times (once for dinner and once for mezze) but it looks like it is there for a long time. We all know that's not easy but if you pay a visit you will definitely understand why.


All I can do is confirm what TimeOut and Momo say. This restaurant is amazing. The interior, the atmosphere, the aesthetics, the music. It is more than just eating, it is a whole Moroccan experience. I've never been to Morocco yet -it's on my list- but being there brings me one step closer, especially by drinking their mint tea which is refilled once (or maybe more, in my case) and I highly recommend. 


Great menu and a variety of selections. I fell in love with the tagines, they're absolutely fantastic. The prices are high, that's true! If you fancy something more tapas-style to try more flavours and on a budget, there is a mezze selection. I see there is also a brunch menu that I would really like to try. The service was great as well - the reviews below say the opposite though so all I can assume is that they have improved since then.


The place? Wondeful. The service? Absolutely great. The food? Even better!! This is the ultimate all-senses North African experience in the heart of London. Highly recommended if you haven't been already!

Jason James

I hadn't been to this place for a very long time so I was intrigued to see if it was still as good as it used to be. The answer? Undoubtedly. The food is sublime, service second to none and the cocktails divine. Will definitely be back sooner next time. 


Excellent food, had went for party with friends we all loved the food it was great

HerFavFood
Tastemaker

Momo is one of my favourite restaurants in London and I recently decided to try their Moroccan Afternoon Tea. 


Momo’s Moroccan Afternoon Tea is designed to provide an essence of Morocco in every bite. Each of the ingredients traditionally found in Afternoon Tea have been expertly recrafted and added to the menu.


When our stand arrived each dish looked stunning and beautifully presented; we couldn’t wait to get started. We started with the sandwiches which included smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese, zaalouk and mechouia on toast, Moroccan chicken wrap, all of which were delicious.

I then moved onto the rather large scones which were served with clotted cream with a sprig of mint leaves added to it as well as delicious strawberry and fig jam.


There were also creamy cheese briouats and Maghrebine pastries. By this point we were quite full but had to try the final layer of lemon cream pain de genepistachio macaroon and the gorgeous chocolate brownie with chocolate mousse.

Our mint tea was constantly refilled throughout our meal and sitting in the outdoor space meant we could also indulge in shisha at the same time too.

There are also vegetarian, vegan and dairy free afternoon tea options available which are equally delicious.

Christopher M
Staff Writer

A bit on the pricey side but worth the treat. The atmosphere is absolutely wonderful and the food is incredible. If you love lamb you will want to live there. Moroccan feel with chairs that kind of have you sitting on the ground - if that makes sense. :-) Great for small groups or dates. 

Noel

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Staff Writer

I hadn't been for a couple of years and have been a number of times over the last 10. Still has a charm not many places have. Food good. We went on an evening and it was very busy, which is always a plus. Service struggled a little with the volume of people.

Max T

There's an unprecedented vibe surrounding Momo. The waiters and waitresses are cooler than I will ever be, but offer the very approachable characters and the upmost friendliness. The food is superb - the lamb wrap served before 6pm is one of my favorite dishes under the sun. Beyond 6pm order several side plates, all of which are delicious. The drinks are formulated with the upmost attention and in terms of an evening bar scene it is sophisticated but relaxed - their Old Fashioned's are tasty to say the least. My one and only criticism is the furniture change in the outside area - bring back the Moroccan couches! 

H M

Possibly the worst restaurant I've been too. Service was slow, upon arrival we were asked if we wanted water. When we got the bill they charged us £4.50 for water as well as several other mistakes. We were charged separately for items that were part of a 5 course set menu. When we pointed it out to the waitress, she said she will correct it and then was nowhere to be found. We got another receipt with another waiter with the mistakes still there, they took some money off for cocktails as an apology for the lateness but ultimately it was atrocious service. By the time we got the bill we were so late for what we needed to do that we ended up paying the bill with the mistakes . Food wasn't that great either. Never again

Sevan S

Went there for a romantic dinner with my girlfriend. Service up to the highest standards, food was amazing (sometimes northern African food can be a bit heavy but nothing at all here), the classics are reinvented with a great modern touch, my couscous was absolutely delicious and the best part was the desert and mint tea. It's quite pricey; but sometimes you know why you pay such kind of money, and in Momo's case it's totally worth it from the beginning to the end.

ForeignCockney

Wow, seriously expensive for what we received, oh yes and ‘main attraction couscous’ was extra. Ditto below – my Tajine was nothing like the picture in this review but it was so dark I might be mistaken. Maybe TimeOut should revisit...

 

Laura

I can only agree about the bad service. Such a disorganized team I have not seen in ages. Even if the interiour is nice and food is ok, I don't think I will come back. Luckily there is a big choice of restaurants in London.

Daria

Terrible management, rude staff and supervisor . We we are not accepted as we just wanted to have drinks. It's a cafe bar and have a terrace so people mostly come here for drinks and I did not see anyone eating there while we are being kicked out!! Don't go!

Daniel
1 of 3 found helpful

Very surprised that this is a top-rated restaurant. Food was okay, but fairly pricey. Staff varied from indifferent to belligerent. When approached with a complaint about staff the manager was dismissive. He clearly had no interest in listening to complaint, and clearly felt that the customer must be in the wrong. I am happy to oblige him by never returning.

Jim L
0 of 1 found helpful

Nice decore and energetic staff, but I felt too crowed and cramped, and I wasn't very impressed with my Tajine

Shweta
0 of 1 found helpful

Ambience is great..food is average to good....but the staff is really rude..that sucks!

F. Addison
0 of 1 found helpful

Unless you feel like handing over your money for nothing, do not attend. Hidden charge of £12 per person if you are unable to attend your reservation. Somewhere which is going to treat their customers like that doesn't deserve any custom!

Dissapointed by MOMO
0 of 1 found helpful

I organised dinner here under the assumption that it was a great venue because of Time Out 4 star review. But it was something else. The deco was good but the service was awful. My friend who I hadn't seen in years was constantly pushed and shoved and leaned over to get bottles of wine which was terribly located where we where told to sit. The staff who served us didn't seem interested in us after the first meeting, it was like a constant smile would crack her face. The lady at the door was lovely but they need to really sort some of the other staff out. It was dissapointing and then to add insult to injury 13% service charge was pre-added to our bill....nice. I don't think I can reccommend this place to ay of my business clients.

Londoner
0 of 1 found helpful

Terrible service from the moment we arrived. The music was far too loud and didn't fit with the atmosphere of the restaurant. For these two reasons I would certainly not recommend this venue. As Kiki has written, the food, drinks and venue were lovely but completely overshadowed by the poor service who were impolite, pushy and inconsiderate.

Kiki
0 of 1 found helpful

Gorgeous venue but totally let down by the poor service, you don't notice service if it is good, here you notice the service by the endless problems and issues.

Agnes
0 of 1 found helpful

We visited the place on two occasions. We were very impressed with the decor, the atmosphere was nice, the music varies, one time it was more modern, the other time the music was more authentic and fitting for the venue. On both occasions they played it too loud for a cafe. The service was shocking both times. The staff socialize with each other more then they do with customers, even though the place is half-empty. On the menu you are offered a tea refill, however the staff never comes around to ask if you would like a one, or to find out if everything is alright for that matter. The menu states that if you are ordering after 6 you must order food. Even though it was a quarter to 6 the waiter had the audacity to tell us we ought to order food with our tea and continued to push for an order after we pointed out it wasn't 6 yet. The prices were a bit too high for what you were getting. Moroccan tea was quite enjoyable, the hummus on the other hand not so great.

emilyJ
0 of 1 found helpful

Service was terrible, especially from the manager. Very arrogant. The disappointment in the service unfortunately ruined the experience.

Petr
0 of 2 found helpful

Pleasant enough environment, but horrifically average for what you pay. I wouldn't suggest to anyone that they go there. In fact, i would plea that you find another restaurant. Staff lost my booking, twice, can't sit under the tables, essentially a waste of money. Keep on searching for a decent restaurant.... because this isn't one.

Louisa Benmessaoud
0 of 2 found helpful

POOR SERVICE AND RUDE AND INSULTING MANAGER..... Momos used to be a friendly chilled restaurant with no amazing food but at least a friendly service... THAT WAS 10 YEARS AGO... now with the new management, clients are rushed to order fast, no time for tea and deserts and we get ejected..... we were just given the bill and asked to leave... The manager was very insulting from the very start despite us SPENDING OVER 250GBP for 3 people..... THIS IS DEFINTELY THE LAST TIME I GO TO MOMOS