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I’m going to be honest here: it wasn’t too long ago that when you mentioned the words ‘Asian fusion’ in Joburg, it would trigger a visceral reaction, evoking images of over-sauced hybrid sushi and sad avocado egg rolls (#sorrynotsorry!). But since the opening of the Momo group’s first restaurant, Momo Baohaus in Greenside, little over two years ago, fusing the elements of Eastern cuisine with classic American, French or Italian techniques has become par for the course. From in-your-face mash-ups to subtly infused plates, culture-crossing chefly innovation is at an all-time high!
Shortly after the opening of Momo Baohaus, the group opened Momo Soko in Illovo and Momo &O in Norwood. Recently, they opened another restaurant in a location that completely took us by surprise considering the other restaurants’ low-key placements – Momo Kuro in the oh-so-trendy Keyes Art Miles in Rosebank. We popped in to see how it compares to its sister restaurants.
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The first thing you should know about Momo Kuro is that it’s hidden – very hidden. There’s no visible signage from the road and you’ll have to ask a security guard to direct you there (be prepared to climb a few staircases – high heels aren’t recommended).
But, in my opinion, this all adds to its charm. As soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by tasteful décor and Insta-worthy views across Jozi. While it’s not as tiny as the other restaurants, Momo Kuro is a small yet intimate space and is bound to get noisy when it’s full. However, this wasn’t the case when I visited on a Saturday afternoon when it was relatively quiet.
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On the menu, you’ll find all the well-loved Momo favourites, from modern Asian-inspired tapas to super-stuffed baos and fresh-as-you’ll-find poké bowls. To start, my friend who joined me for lunch and I ordered the crispy calamari and prawn spring rolls with some fresh coconut water (the restaurant doesn’t have a liquor license so it’s not the place for a boozy lunch, but you can take your own wine for free – score!). As simple as these dishes were, they definitely weren’t of substandard quality and I felt like I was getting my money’s worth!
For mains, I ordered the Deep-Sea Bao filled with tempura prawn, hoisin, pickled ginger, mayo, sriracha, spring onion, coriander and toasted sesame. My friend opted for the Mauai poké bowl with field greens, Norwegian salmon and a ginger scallion drizzle. The baos were much bigger than I was expecting and could’ve been a full meal on their own. They were out-of-this-world indulgent and filled to the brim with the most delectable tempura prawns – hmm, hmm!
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The poké bowl, which I was lucky enough to have a taste of as well, was the perfect fusion of two food-world buzzwords – poké and bowl. There was a generous amount of salmon and all the other ingredients used were super-fresh and of high quality. It tasted oh-so-Hawaiian!
Unfortunately, neither of us had space left for dessert, but I’ll definitely be back to try the deep-fried bun with sweet milk dip very soon. If you’re looking for an on-trend yet unpretentious place to tuck into food that will leave your tummy and your wallet feeling satisfied, I’d totally recommend that you give Momo Kuro a try … quick, before it becomes as outrageously popular as its sisters!
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21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank
010 594 5395
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