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Mommi

Restaurants, Peruvian Clapham
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(36user reviews)
Mommi
Venue says Weekends are for bottomless boozy brunching. And no one does it better than Mommi.

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Peruvian-Japanese-style bar and dining room in Clapham from a bar-and-nightlife group.

Clapham High Street’s a great place to meet up for a drink, with a couple of dozen bars and pubs vying for your attention like plaintive puppies in a dog’s home. But what many of them lack is ambition in the kitchen. They often start out well, but within months they become weekend drinking holes, with the food as mere ballast.

Mommi is different. Although its large corner site superficially seems like a dozen others in the street – outdoor tables, sturdy-looking doorman, prominent bar counter – the grill and ‘raw bar’ have been set up to attract all-week custom, drinkers or not. 

Most passers-by will, like us, be drawn in by curiosity, and a drinks list that offers something a little different. There’s a Japanese-style (but Belgian-brewed) white ale called Kagua, with a distinctive citrus aroma; wines by the glass that are all South American, including a tannat from Uruguay; and pretty cocktails, all helpfully pegged at £8.50.

Then you notice the open kitchen, with its dozen or so international staff wearing Japanese-style chef headbands. There’s a charcoal grill and sushi counter, preparing Japanese-Peruvian dishes (not an improbable fusion, as many of Peru’s best restaurants reflect the strong Japanese influence there).

The small plates are beautiful to behold, Japanese tableware with artistic ingredient assembly. Raw tuna is seared (tataki), leaving the inside ruby-red, and featured the non-Japanese truffle oil along with toppings of perfectly crisp fried garlic slivers, daikon threads and herb sprouts. The raw fish was up to Japanese restaurants standards, and yellowtail sashimi was well-priced (£5 for three pieces) with all the trimmings, including a cumin-flavoured shiso leaf.

Peru is more dominant in other dishes, such as lovely giant white corn lightly caramelised and served with coriander and the citrus kick of yuzu. No Peruvian menu is complete without lots of starch, in this case chunks of cassava with aubergine, both deep-fried; a simple but excellent dish.

A few things were perhaps a bit too try-hard, such as the scallop ceviche: the scallop and citrus dressing was good, but the delicacy of flavour was drowned out by the mint, pomegranate arils and raw red onion. This was the only disappointment out of six dishes; the others shone. Many Claphamites were doing what we did: pop in for a drink, then end up staying for dinner, as the prices are remarkably reasonable. Mommi’s standards are currently Machu Picchu high, at Mercado Central prices; get there while it’s still that way.

 

 

Mommi says
From drinks to dinner to the dance floor, MOMMI takes a step beyond the familiar. The utmost attention to detail has gone into creating an effortlessly singular dining experience.

Introducing an exciting blend of fresh ingredients, innovative cocktails, curated playlists, urban artwork, late-night dining, specialist DJs and weekend brunches. We are Mommi.

The restaurant: small plate Gluten-Free dining set for sharing – fresh, delicious and effortlessly healthy...market-style eating packed with punchy flavours and vibrant colours.
Our menu: #TotallyNikkei #TotallyDelicious #OfficiallyAccredited GLUTEN FREE.

The bar: single-priced, exclusively-South American wine list plus full availability by the glass/carafe. Innovative cocktails, the vibrancy and flavours of Peru married with the elegance of Japan. Provident craft and draught beers round out the list, finished with Japanese whiskies and hand-chiselled ice globes.

Weekend brunch: sample our Peruvian breakfast with house-squeezed juices and pisco bloody Marys. Plus bottomless bubbles and three-course set brunching for £33.9pp!

Mommi does Music – late night weekend LIVE sessions, cocktails & songs

SUNDAYS - weAREfamily, Sunday Brunch&Lunch Dine out on standout Sunday Specials + a Killer Drinks Edit ...Lazy lunching, Mommi Style.

By: Guy Dimond

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Address: 44-48 Clapham High St
Clapham, London
SW4 7UR
Transport: Clapham North tube or Clapham High Street Overground.
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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Tastemaker

What a bargain! You can walk away feel full, satisfied and with change for a few cocktails on the way home.  Mommi is easy to find on Clapham High street, a short walk from Clapham North or High St station and also not too far from Clapham Common.  There is seating outside for those lovely sunny days and inside is spacious with lots of great comfy seats.


We chose Mommi as we were looking for a reasonably priced meal in the area during the week, the Mommi set menu offered just that.  Normally £22.50, however between 5.30-7pm every night and all night Sunday and Monday, it is just £12.50. My Nando's dinner costs about that......and this is definitely a step up from there (I love Nando's don't get me wrong!).  The drinks are a bit on the pricey side but I like the fact the wine is a set price, you can choose which one you like rather than thinking about the cost!


The food was great.  We were served 8 dishes (all brought out 2 at a time) ranging from salmon sashimi to pork belly.  All were generous servings and with a wonderful mix of flavours. We didn't have space for dessert after all that, maybe next time. 


The service was attentive and friendly, there were only a few tables actually being used so there were plenty of members of staff to go round. 


Overall, not the best Japanese or Peruvian food you will ever have but definitely decent and for the price you really can not go wrong. 

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This Japanese/Latin fusion restaurant is absolutely amazing! 

From the decoration to the food without forgetting the friendly staff.

Delicious food and you have a £12.50 menu during the week from 5:30 and 7pm that allows you to taste 8 different dishes in a 'tapas' style. 

It's now one my top 5 of favourite casual restaurants in London

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tastemaker

I recently took advantage of a stellar time out offer whereby you get 8 Peruvian dishes and a Pisco Sours cocktail for £12 (£10 with time out card) which seemed almost too good to be true. We had a feast of ceviche, corn, chicken dishes etc. which were steadily brought out to keep us full up. It was nice to try the delicacies which were a bargain but I think if I was returning I would try one of the main dishes instead, not being a major ceviche fan. The décor is very modern world away from its high street neighbours and staff are all lovely and attentive.

Maybe a place to take your parents to soak up the atmosphere more so than for a quick after work meal. I much preferred Andina in Shoreditch for the food and authentic style.

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Tastemaker

Escape the icy clutches of winter and seek solace in Clapham High Street’s newest eating establishment, Mommi; who welcomes you in with open arms, a deliciously fruity cocktail and a plethora of tasty dishes that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. With its Japanese-Peruvian fushion, Mommi offers an unusual array of dishes with mouth-watering ingredients from its tapas-style menu which is split into three (raw bar, robata grill and hot kitchen), giving you ample opportunity to try a good selection of food. As a pescatarian, I wasn’t short of dishes to try and I opted for the salmon and avocado sushi from the raw bar, the courgette and mushroom with corn causa from the robata grill and the roast sweet potato and plantain with organic honey from the hot kitchen. All dishes were delicious and literally bursting with flavour, however I must state that the sweet potato and avocado dish was a tad too sweet- I don’t think it needed quite as much honey as it had. I did have my eye on quite a few other dishes (such as the tuna, watermelon and kumquat ceviche, purple potato croquettes and the seabass with pink cauliflower puree with anticucho salsa), however, the prices were a little high for my liking and so I resigned myself to giving those a go on another occasion. Overall, it was a really pleasant dining experience with a lovely atmosphere with great music and really attentive staff. But the main draw is the food; unusual, creative, intriguing and flavoursome. Oh and do make sure you try one of their fabulous cocktails which are the perfect accompaniment to the meal, I recommend the Pachamama- yum! I’m looking forward to my next visit already :-)

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Tastemaker

I had organised a dinner here for a meet up.com group in advance due to the gluten free options on the menu (fusion of Peruvian and Japanese). The first half of the menu consisted mainly of raw Fish as you would expect but as my boyfriend and I were in the mood for hot food we went straight to the Roberta grill and bbq section. The dishes were similar to Tapas in regards to size but all packed a serious punch in regards to their flavour combinations! We started with some Canchas (Peruvian Corn) and Plantain & Sweet Potato Chips with dip before moving onto the following dishes which we shared; Crispy Pork Bites, Roast Sweet Potato, Habanero Chilli Ponzu, Smoked Beef Fillet, Yuzu Soy Onions, Coriander Cress, Garlic Chips, Salmon, Beetroot Puree, Ama-Su Salsa, Baby Watercress, Crispy Beetroot, and Sea Bass, Pink Cauliflower Puree, Cucumber, Smoked Anticucho Salsa, Ama-Su Cauliflower-the latter was mistakenly eaten as we had ordered another sea bass dish but weren’t informed in time! Although the pricing was a little bit more than what we were used to spending (around £25 each excluding alcohol) I was eagerly thinking when I would next come back to this place, definitely one of the best new restaurants in London.

tastemaker

Really enjoyed our impromptu dinner at Mommi! It’s an odd thing to have a Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant in clapham, but it really does work. This was a Saturday night and there was a live acoustic set on too. Good cocktails and the food was excellent. A bit expensive, but sitting right next to the open kitchen was excellent!!

tastemaker

Absolutely love this place! We did the three course bottomless brunch at 32.5pp. The service and staff were ace, they were all friendly and very approachable. Starters were nachos with avocado dips and you get to pick a main dish out of four choices. Steak and egg was the most value for money and it was delicious! The Churros we had for Desserts was simple and tasty. Of course the aim is to finish as many bottles of Prosecco as you can within 1.5hours, we only managed three among four of us. To top it off, there is live music And the singer was really good. Highly recommended to try this place!

Tastemaker

The aim of the game was to get through as many bottles of prosecco as humanly possible at the bottomless brunch we attended one Saturday afternoon. With this in mind, the staff were wonderfully accommodating and provided prompt service. The food was good but didn’t blow me away, I think the steak was a popular choice and enjoyed by all the group who had it. The huevos rancheros I had, were an interesting take on the dish but I would perhaps try another dish if I visited again. The DJ and door man were a delight, with the DJ taking requests and joining in on our Prosecco fuelled dancing and the door man looking after us as we continued the party outside to the front of the restaurant. Overall a wonderful spot to get your Saturday going with pumping beats and flowing drinks.

 

tastemaker

MOMMI bottomless brunch is quite an experience and pretty good value relative to its peers in London. The live DJs and party tunes create the perfect vibe for day drinking, we forgot it was still light outside! It claims to be 3 courses though the 1st and 3rd are bitesize portions, but you get back the value in the prosecco - it's one of the only places I've been to which actually leaves the bottle on the table for you to pour yourself. I had the steak and eggs with sweet potato fries which was cooked to perfection. Watch out though, the lunch and dinner menus are pricey so make sure you go for one of the set menus or discount offers

Tastemaker

MOMMI is a fusion restaurant, marrying together Japanese presentation with Peruvian flavours. Only a short walk away from either Clapham station on the Northern Line, the hip decor with images of what looks like gap students having a good time abroad gave the impression I'd walked into someone's bedroom, while soft warm lighting provided an opulent glow inside.


If you’ve never visited Mommi before, this is how it works. Every dish is small plates, each meant for sharing. You can either mix 'n' match a variety of small plates to your hearts desire, or you can choose from one of four set menu (which includes a vegetarian option) which will give you 6 dishes pre-determined. The price is charged per head. 


If you have the budget or a discount, order the Andean set menu. It’s the most expensive of the set menu but boy was it sumptuous. The flat iron was juicy, the scallops were exquisite, the pan-fried salmon and prawns were mouth-watering, and the flame seared tuna with truffled onion ponzu is worth dying for.


As good as the food sounds and taste, restaurants are just judged by the overall dining experience and I have to admit, I was disappointed with the welcome and attitude of the staff. It lacked warmth, enthusiasm, and they seemed genuinely peeved when I asked to move table seconds after I arrived. I like to think that swapping tables wasn’t too much to ask…?


Even with my Timeout Black card, it was still very pricey. A set menu, one pale ale and two desserts would have set me back over £88 including service charge. Thank God for my discount, but it was still very expensive and I can think of hundreds of different and better restaurants.


Whilst I can’t fault the food or the hip interiors, MOMMI was badly let down by certain members of staff, and a very high price tag which means I can’t score MOMMI very highly, sad to say.

tastemaker

I went to Mommi for dinner with a friend and we opted for the set menu. We had the Machu Picchu at £21.50 per person. The food was good and very filling. It's perfect if you don't know what to chose and if like me you like a little of everything. The service let it down slightly as I felt we were slightly forgotten about. I used my TimeOut Black card and got 50% off my meal which was great value. Would highly recommend getting the card.


They have a great brunch menu - the Peruvian Breakfast Sandwich is amazing!


Beautiful food, great place, something a little different. Could be anywhere in the world once inside!


Great food, fun fizzy cocktails & chillled yet vibrant vibe / feel
Great lunch or evening venue


Everything about this venue's fantastic. Great atmosphere, the food's presented beautifully and skilfully, and the DRINKS!! enough said


Great food, best service and awesome cocktails, something new on the High Street and great alternative to old and boring chains brands.

Staff Writer

Went for an impromptu brunch session with some friends visiting from up north and it was the best snap decision ever!


All the brunch menu items are really reasonably priced (no more than £8 or £9) and everything was delicious. The vegetarian options were really well prepared as well and the dessert selection (churros with caramel sauce) was a special highlight. Our server Maria also deserves a lot of praise, she really was brilliant.


But the best part of the whole experience...unlimited sparkling rose for £15pp. We really went gangbusters on this deal and got through about 6 or 7 bottles between the 4 of us in 90 minutes.


Needless to say, the rest of the day is hazy but Mommi is now firmly on the favourites list and we'll be back there again and again. Well done Mommi team

Tastemaker

Inhabiting the old space or the Belgo's chain, this is an interesting restaurant.

The mid week tasting menu which is half price between 5.30-7, is a nice, easy way to sample a variety of dishes.

The combination of flavours is pretty unique and complimentary and very well presented, although I didn't feel like anything in particular stood out for me.

The chocolate, creme de luche mousse with a churro sounded so much better than it was, which I feels sums this place up for me.

Maybe if I come again I'll leave with a different perception, but for now, my feeling is good, not great.

Tastemaker

This is one of the reasons I would travel to clapham late at night. It is open late and it serves amazing post party food. The prices are extremely reasonable and the food is beautiful. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Definitely one of the hidden gems in clapham! I only wish they would have a soho or central/east london venue! Maybe a second outlet? 


The offer here is incredible! Eight dishes and a cocktail for £12 - and portions are actually pretty generous. We did what everyone should - stay for the rest of the evening and enjoy their very fine cocktail selection. We worked our way through a fair few. The hangover was worth it. 


Mommi is an amazing dining addition to Clapham High St!  It's décor is glamorous and atmosphere edgy!  I've eaten there twice, the portion sizes are generous, the prices are reasonable and the flavours are delicious!  I really enjoyed the sea Bass & sweet potato and raw ceviche - totally divine, whereas my husband enjoyed the grilled meat - teriyaki chicken & pork balls - which was also lovely as I convinced him the concept is to share!  Their menu caters for everyone in a gorgeous and up scale environment - I recommend!  

Tastemaker

When you walk into Mommi, you feel as if you're in Soho not on Clapham High Street. It's sleek, sophisticated mix of plush leather booths and minimalist scandi high tables with great music and vibrantly decorated walls (by their artist in residence). The South American-Japanese fusion menu consists of a raw bar, the robata grill and hot dishes. Pick 2-3 dishes either to share or not and you're good to go. For nibbles, the staff swear by the plantain and sweet potato chips which were good but nothing to die happy over; starters wise, the tuna tataki is a beautiful plate and tasty whereas the sushi/rice bowls are a bit anaemic; the robata grill and hot kitchen are the highlights though and I thoroughly recommend the salmon and beetroot (divine), chicken with red corn causa and the sea bass with sweet potato. The chicken teriyaki and braised short rib are also nice. The cocktails are okay... best to stick to their signature pisco sour. Avoid the Braziliano which is a disaster! It's not cheap but it also doesn't break the bank. With tasty food and a unique atmosphere, Mommi is certainly the kind of addition I like to see to Clapham High Street.

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Terrible customer service. Went for the set menu for a friend's birthday. I am pescatarian (which she had forgotten to tell the restaurant in advance). I informed them as soon as I got there. They told me it was too late and my friend had asked for all chicken mains, no fish option. They wouldn't let me amend this even from the beginning of the meal. When everyone's main arrived (everyone got one dish apart from me - I had no main at all as the waitress knew I didn't eat meat) I got so desperate I had to order an extra main at my own expense - paying £33 for a meal I had barely eaten any of (two of the side dishes had meat in). The normal set menu is £22.50. I spoke to the manager TWICE to complain and both times she argued it was my friend's fault not the restaurant's. Despite the fact we spent £640 at our table (not including the drinks we all ordered at the bar beforehand - and my friend's stayed until close, so close to £1k minimum). Absolutely disgraceful and the only reason I paid was because I didn't want to make a fuss on my friend's birthday. I am now contacting them privately to demand a refund. Appalling service. Avoid.

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Terrible customer service. Called 20+ times to confirm our booking, they didn't pick up once or return any voicemails. Booked a table online and the kitchen was closed before we got there. The manager didn't care that we'd wasted money on a taxi getting to them, he just shrugged.

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tastemaker

I went to Mommi with high hopes – it looked good, sounded different and served a bottomless brunch, all of which makes it sound like a winner. It’s quite plush inside, lots of moody wood panels however a little style over substance at times. We were a large group and perched on a large central table which wasn’t the most comfortable with other groups all barging around.

It was hen party/birthday city once inside, with groups going up and singing along with the karaoke. Whatever, it’s fun, I’m happy with that, but just a warning that don’t go on a weekend expecting anything else than hoardes of screaming groups.

The food was pretty disappointing, all fairly bland and while they were generous with the prosecco (always a bonus) I was left feeling a little disappointed.

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Great food,great drinks and friendly professional service! Exactly what Clapham needed!

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Staff Writer

With a different food style of what you normally see in Clapham, I must say that I found it really tasty.The staff was very nice and so was the decoration. However, I found the prices a bit too high.

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I really like the adventurous new foods and this restaurant definitely delivers. I am not sure if location for it is good though... we went for dinner on weekend night and it wasn't that busy, maybe a bit too pricey for clapham? additional 12,5% service charge they add will definitely raise your bill...and l have to say waiting staff is not that amazing (for that price) we waited quite a bit just to place an order and it was impossible to get a bill after (no eye contact with anyone!) strange! we will be going back because food was great, super fresh and tasty but not soon... £40 per person (with 2x cocktails) is a bit high end for weekday eating out! 

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tastemaker

*DEEP SIGH*


I came here for brunch with the girls and we were quite disappointed :( 


lets start with the good. The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. They refilled our glasses of champagne the moment they realised they were low.. That I likey!!! but the sushi we had was very mediocre I'm afraid.

the rice was hard and I cant say I tasted any distinct flavour in any of them. the decor was beautiful and I wish I we'd tried more but alas what we did have including dessert which was a waffle with a dulce de leche sauce wasn't all that. I'm not being harsh as I've seen many have given this 5 stars but I've eaten in sushi restaurants Like Oliver Maki which really blows you away so I guess this just didnt cut the mustard I'm afraid.