Yama Momo

Japanese, Sushi·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Yama Momo

Bronze Award

From the owners of Tsunami in Clapham, Yama Momo has “injected a touch of real glamour into the East Dulwich scene” – according to one fan who reckons it “stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the best in the West End”. Like its sibling, this place offers a modern take on Japanese cuisine, with “amazing sushi” and “delicious, delicate flavours” across the board.

The interior is stylish yet welcoming, with warm lighting, scrubbed wooden tables and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs hard at work. A range of seating allows for tables of two, larger groups and individuals to dine, though the best seats in the house are in the dining area down some steps at the back.

Recent standouts on Yama Momo’s substantial menu have included grilled sea bass in a shiso sauce with pickles, truffled rib-eye steak, and black cod tempura, but the menu also takes in everything from chicken gyoza to chef’s special sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi, lamb cutlets dressed with Korean kimchi and various sizzling teriyaki specials.

There’s plenty for vegetarians too, such as grilled aubergine with sesame paste, wakame seaweed and samphire salad, vegetable tempura and tofu dishes, and a good selection of fish and seafood-based sushi.  A “proper bar”, which serves up everything from cocktails to wine and Champagne, saké, beers and softs, keeps the drinkers happy.

Prices fit the location, which is to say they provide good value compared with a central London Japanese restaurant, though the weekend all-you-can-eat brunch strikes us as a tad pricey. Granted, you do get to eat as much as you like for £25, but dishes are limited to two at a time and the sitting is only 90 minutes. That said, it’s just £10 for under-eights, so if you have children with particularly sophisticated palates, Yama Momo is the place to take them.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
Ambience
Cool, Dark and moody, Lively
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Location

72 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8HF

020 8299 1007

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 13:00-16:00
Sat 13:00-16:00
Sun 13:00-16:00
Dinner
Mon 17:00-21:30
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:00
Sun 17:00-21:30

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3 Reviews 
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Louise W

19 January 2020   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Solid neighbourhood sushi place

Friendly service, good quality fish, better than average menu for a local place. Am not in love with the ambience to be honest, being located where it is in a family area the evening crowd is (obviously) older than in central London and the playlist of 90s rnb wasn't really to my taste but this can be easily mitigated by trying a few of the very drinkable cocktails served there.

Helen L

27 March 2018  
Amazing food.

Carl A

22 December 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
The West End comes to East Dulwich
This is not the first time we have eaten at Yama Momo and on the basis of the last visit, it certainly won't be the last. You enter the restaurant through the bar area (so nice to see a restaurant which recognises that a proper bar adds enormously to the whole experience) which is invariably busy and a little crowded, although to be fair it is the last week before Christmas and everywhere is crowded. Our table this time was just off the bar area which was fine although the better tables are through the bar and down the few steps into the main dinning area. However, you are not here for the bar or the ambience, although both are good, you are here for the food, which is superb. What you have is Hakkasan/Roka quality of food and presentation, in East Dulwich and it is simply brilliant. We were a party of 3 and we had 4 starters and 4 mains as it was late and we were hungry and this was about right, although for those with less vociferous appetites I suspect one of each would be good. Stand outs were the scallops and soft shell crab from the starters and the truffle beef and the black cod as mains, but really all were very very good. We skipped dessert but they looked equally as good. This is surely the "go to" restaurant in East Dulwich and arguably one of the very best in SE London. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the best the West End has to offer and has injected a touch of real glamour to the East Dulwich dinning scene.
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