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44-48 Clapham High Street
020 3814 1818
Replacing a branch of Belgo, Mommi is an altogether more exotic Clapham offering with its Japanese and South American sharing plates: a formula pioneered by Nobu. The large corner site comprises a bar – with high tables and bare bricks covered in colourful prints – and a restaurant with banquette-lined booths (great for groups). There’s also a robata grill and sushi counter where you can watch chefs in action. Raw-bar options include chirashi sushi, sashimi, tartare, tataki and ceviche at reasonable prices. Pretty plates arrive garnished with edible flowers, though we received poor cuts of fish that tended to be chewy. Only a sea bass and salmon ceviche stood out for its zesty dressing and fresh flavour. Hot dishes were more consistent, with top marks going to melt-in-the-mouth braised short-rib teriyaki with quinoa lime picante and spicy smoked paprika oil. Staff are friendly, though waits were long on a busy Friday. That said, Mommi’s ambitions stand out among Clapham’s identikit bars and pubs, and the feel-good factor is evident. DJs spin tunes at weekends, when two-for-one cocktails pack-in a party crowd. Try a Machu Pistachu with rye whiskey and pistachios. Appetising alternatives include an all-South American wine list and interesting craft beers.
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44-48 Clapham High Street
020 3814 1818
Clapham North Tube Station 143m
Clapham High Street Station 217m
Clapham Picture House 478m
Clapham Common 784m
Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 11am-11pm (Sat -2am)
MOMMI’s Clapham branch is home to a carefully curated collection from photographer Ben Watts’ body of work. The semi-private area houses a bright collection of energetic photos and prints, and is available for private dinners of up to 40.
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Food + drink: 4
Had a great meal good value so will be returning in the near future. note menu on sq meal is a old menu.
Food + drink: 3
We ate as a group of 4 on a Saturday night at 9pm; we got squeezed in after calling (the online booking said nothing was available from 6-9.30pm). We got a booth just after another group left; for a Sat night, with music, it was surprisingly not too raucous. We ordered a number of the ceviches (Lobster, seabass) and a mixed Chirashi plus cassava fries. My friends know South America well (and just came back from a trip to Japan as well) and were pretty impressed. Contrary to the last review herein, the plates were crisp and cold, though I do get the concern over sweet potato in practically everything! At least the cassava fries contained only that! Mains were chicken teriyaki and crispy pork - not too many bites though.
The wine is good value, and we had a small bottle of (cold) sake for £15.
It wasn't a huge meal, but was attractive and promptly delivered.
The bill has at the bottom "eye-opening, mouth-watering, mind-blowing"....perhaps one out of three so far.
Mommi ticks all the right boxes; a kicking vibe, DJ decks, Japanese/Latino fusion and rather contrived, urban art on the walls (apparently the artist is the brother of an Aussie starlet no less). It's pedigree is from the team behind Camden's KOKO. This was my second visit to make sure I was not jumping to conclusions or for that matter experiencing something out of the ordinary.
A limited South American wine list offers a couple of easy choices (try the Uruguayan Albarino) and is good value - bottles are a all GBP25.00
Cocktails are excellent - Original Pisco Sours executed perfectly but are GBP8.50 a pop, so quite dangerous to get stuck into.
The raw bar also seems to please and the sashimi of Tuna we had worked well. The ceviches on the other hand are not what one would expect if you have spent any time in Latin America (specifically Chile and Peru). The problem with Mommi is that their enthusiasm for fusion seems to have grown into a passion for sweetening anything and an obsession with Sweet Potato in so many of their dishes. Sweet potato, why?? Is it my imagination, or are restaurants around London sweetening our food surreptitiously?
I asked our very helpful waitress for the most traditional ceviche having tried the sea bass and salmon 'Pisco Sour' on my first visit. I was advised to try the Lobster & yellow tail. As with my first visit, the result was tasty, but not what I'd expected, and sadly far too sweet for what I wanted. Ceviche should be chilled, tart and with a hint of chilli heat, not sweet and at room temperature. Some may find this delicious, I find it sickly and off-putting.
From the Robata Grill we had the scallops and peas. they were fresh, excellent and sitting on superb crushed peas. Chicken Teriyaki with Quinoa was slimy and dull. The salmon & beetroot was deemed good, not spectacular and the Long stemmed Broccoli average.
From the Hot Kitchen the Purple Potato croquettes were a terrible mistake, floury, dull and remained 80% uneaten - small bites taken by all three at dinner and not one finished- in fact one mouthful reappeared and quickly disappeared into my friend's napkin it was so disliked.
Crispy Pork Bites came with three small pieces of pork and masses of pieces of sweet potato - enough to irritate the most mild-mannered of diners. The sweet potato was listed as an accompaniment and not the star of the show, yet was the only thing visible when the dish arrived. The minuscule amount of pork bite we could find was very good.
The pork belly, again with the dreaded sweet potato was average, lacking texture, combined with the sweet potato it tasted like baby food.
Short rib Teriyaki with Quinoa did not fare much better deemed equally as sickly sweet as our original ceviche. The caramelised giant Peruvian corn also remained largely uneaten, as again was so sweet it overpowered the supposedly tempering influence of Yuzu of which no essence was discernible at all.
If you have a sweet tooth, like sticky glutinous food and love, and I emphasise, really love sweet potato, you'll be in heaven. As for the rest of us who have average tastes bordering on the savoury, you'll either have to order very carefully or steer clear.
On first arriving I wondered why such a superbly turned out place wasn't packed. They hold a proportion of the tables back for walk-ins, so that could be the answer, but I think it has something to do with the fact they are operating in a bubble with a sugar coated belief regarding what people should be eating rather than what they want to eat. Cuisine wise they've lost my support I'm afraid.
Last dinner was GBP175 for three including four Pisco Sours and one bottle of Albarino.
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