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.
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 £32.50pp!
Mommi does Music – late night weekend LIVE sessions, cocktails & songs
SUNDAYS - weAREfamily, Sunday Brunch&Lunch with The Kids Table - pop up, supervised FREE crafty fun for 3-10year olds. Dine out on standout Peruvian Roasts + a Killer Drinks Edit while the kids are entertained...Lazy lunching, Mommi Style.
44-48 Clapham High St
|Transport:||Clapham North tube or Clapham High Street Overground.|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80.|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:18
- 4 star:8
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:2
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
Beautiful food, great place, something a little different. Could be anywhere in the world once inside!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!