Mo Diner is found on Mayfair’s Heddon Street, right next door to its sibling Momo. It’s been billed as Momo’s ‘playful cousin’ and offers a novel twist on the American diner. The restaurant is kitted out like a 1930s US diner, but with Mediterranean touches. That means you can expect cosy booths and a dining counter, but mixed in with a palm-print ceiling, bright yellow Moroccan tiles and a conservatory lined with cacti.
It’s no surprise that the interiors are pleasing to the eye, considering the man who’s behind the venture. Mo’s Diner is the brainchild of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz, who not only oversees Momo, but also other big hitters including London’s Sketch and Restaurant 404 in Paris. Mazouz is out to impress with this location, which also houses 50 photos taken by photographer Hugo Scott, while the t-shirts worn by staff have been designed by independent womenswear designer Sonia Tahouid.
It’s not all about the looks though – when it comes to the food, you can expect an all-day menu of Mediterranean-leaning dishes, which kicks off with breakfast and brunch. You can start your day with the likes of hash browns with pomegranate and brown sauce, or pancakes topped with fig marmalade and almonds. Later in the day, try grilled octopus with saffron aioli or a lobster roll, while desserts include a hibiscus, rhubarb and basil cheesecake.
To help wash it all down, you can order from the drinks list, which nods to the diner influence via milkshakes and smoothies (alcohol-spiked ‘hard’ shakes are also available). If you prefer to keep your drinks simple, all the usual wines and beers are available too.
It’s a time of change for the Momo brand. In early 2019, the Mayfair restaurant reopened following an extensive refurbishment, as well as the addition of a destination cocktail bar in the venue’s basement. Mo Diner appears to be an attempt to draw in the increasingly popular casual dining crowd and if it’s a success, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more Mo Diners popping up around town.