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25 Heddon Street
Opened in 1997, Mourad Mazouz’s all-inclusive Heddon Street bolthole introduced couscous, tagines and the exotic thrills of Middle Eastern/North African cuisine to a whole generation. Momo’s still here in all its ornate glory, with a restaurant, café, terrace and basement bar dealing in generosity and charm. For something homely, you can’t do better than the signature harira soup with lentils and tomatoes, followed by the house couscous with slow-cooked lamb shank, grilled lamb skewer and merguez sausage. Livelier flavours also pop up here and there – from a starter of baby aubergines with labneh, rocket pesto, broad beans and lemon confit to a risotto-style dish of green vegetables, rice and nuts with Parmesan emulsion. Brunch boasts a promising range of Maghreb pastries and mint tea, while offbeat afternoon teas are served in the café and terrace.
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25 Heddon Street
020 7434 4040
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 423m
Oxford Circus Tube Station 471m
Heddon Street 53m
Regent Street 90m
Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun 11am-3pm) 6.30pm-1am (Sun -12M)
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Food + drink: 2
Called restaurant in advance to say we were arriving 15 mins late and still arrived to uncertainty about the booking and which staff member took the telephone call.
Food is highly expensive for tiny portions and not worth it in quality or taste.
After paying the bill to another member of staff, our main waiter chased us quickly to the door questioning whether we had settled the bill or not in front of the whole restaurant, which was highly embarrassing and rude.
Clearly communication between staff is not a good point.
Would not attend again, especially based upon the service for the prices paid!
Complete let down Momos, not a nice experience for my partners birthday.
Food + drink: 3
I've heard a lot of good things about Momo so was really looking forward to the dinner, however our experience was rather disappointing.
On arrival we were sat on the terrace for a drink – the menus arrived only 5min later and order taken in another 10min or so. When the drinks arrived I got a call from the restaurant saying I'm late for my reservation – clearly communication is not great at the place. Then we moved into the restaurant to try the famed moroccan cuisine. Menus were laid on the table faster this time along with little bowl of olives – nice touch. Then followed a long wait until someone came to take an order. That said about 3 waiters were buzzing around one guest at the next table – apparently a friend. Ok, finally order taken, food arrived – my friend had Fish bourek which she said was ok, much better with the sauce it came with (spicyish yoghurt), and I had Spinach fatayer – nice and full of spinach, but not too flavoursome. Getting waiter's attention to order another cocktail was hard to say the least – I said ‘excuse me’ at least 5 times as she was passing by, louder every time, and even tried to wave. The ‘VIP’ at the table next to us noticed me sooner than waiters and asked them to attend to us. For the mains my friend had Duck tagine which was alright according to her and even left her hungry, and I had Fish tagine which equally lacked flavour. Once again waiters were ignoring our empty plates while being busy just next to us topping up drinks and chatting (I'm sure he would have written a very different review of the place!). It was just funny at the end – you would have thought they'd pick up their game, but alas. The only thing that came quick that evening was the bill.
Resume – beautiful setting and atmosphere, very authentic feel, the food is quite average and very overpriced for what you're getting, service was terrible and for those reasons I would not recommend Momo.
Food + drink: 4
I went for dinner and drinks before a night out but ended up spending the night there.
The atmosphere was lively and the staff very fun.
The fun is nice , I had couscous. I also ordered a dessert and was so good.
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