Momo is a lovely Moroccan restaurant situated on Heddon Street, just of Regents Street. It serves North African cuisines and is frequented by locals and natives alike. This place is great for a drink and shisha outside –which is covered by bushes from the main side street – or for dinner, which is exactly the reason we visited that night.
We had arrived a little early so we ordered a cocktail with waitress outside in the terrace area. The waiting staff seemed a little confused and it took a while to order but oh the cocktails are very good. The drinks menu is huge and they have the cocktail of the week which is at a reduced price.
Once our table was ready, we went were seated in the corner of the beautifully ornate restaurant. There is a huge amount of attention to detail on the furnishings and settings. The walls are white washed and lets the furnishing speak for itself. Even the cutlery and glasses were ornate. We ordered the tasting menu which included a Momo special (a vodka, mint and lemon cocktail) with a meze starter of cheese & mint, chicken & seafood pastries and baked aubergines, scallops with aubergine chutney and finally yellow beetroot and wood pigeon pastille. They were delicious, spicy, meaty and so satisfying. The scallops and pigeon were my favourite dishes (I managed to get those plates closer to me).
As we had downed our cocktail we thought we ought to order a bottle of red – yes I know my liver – with some water. The water took about 45minutes to arrive – thankfully the wine was much quicker. It was clear that there was a confused service which was not helped by the number of waiters that were serving us. It is so much cleaner when you have one waiter serving a section – though I am no restaurant owner.
For main course we both ordered the lamb tagine with globe artichoke and green vegetables. There were four other options; fish, Moroccan chicken, chicken tagine and a couscous dish. We had asked ahead if this came with couscous and were told yes however when the dishes were served there was none. We asked if we could add this for an additional payment and were served this after a slight delay. The tagine I have to say was delicious – although really should be served with couscous to soak up the juice. The meat fell off the bone and the sauce was rich.
We had quite a wait for our dishes to be cleared and desert to come but we were not disappointed. The dessert is a selection of Moroccan pastries that are incredibly sweet, sticky and authentic. Although full, we managed to find room. This place oozes sophistication while being authentic and simple. The food is incredibly tasty and generous however the service does let it down. As a result Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives this place:
Food Atmosphere Service