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.
Momo encompasses music, food and visual aesthetics consisting of four spaces: restaurant, café, outdoor terrace and basement bar.
Open everyday, whether it's al fresco lunch on the shaded terrace, mezze in the café or dinner in the bustling, ambient 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 courgette stuffed 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.
Make sure you leave room for Momo's homemade desserts. The Berber crepes or French patisseries such as an apple saffron tart will satisfy even the most discerning gourmet.