New? MOMMI opened last year but Sushi Sundays are a new addition built on the success of their bottomless brunches, and what we were there to try.
Where? 44-48 Clapham High Street, Clapham, SW4 7UR www.wearemommi.com
First Impressions: On the sunny Sunday afternoon we visited, tables outside the entrance were pretty much all occupied, giving diners a good opportunity to people watch whilst, inside, it was less busy but no less quiet thanks to a couple of birthday groups. Our welcome at the front desk was friendly and we were seated in a booth in the centre of the restaurant.
The Look: If you walked into MOMMI and didn’t know what cuisine it was, I don’t think the interior would give much of a clue. Urban, with a lit bar, when we visited in the day there was lots of natural light but you can imagine it coming alive after dark when a DJ takes to the decks. The open kitchen consisting of raw bar and robata grill is the focus of the main dining area, whilst, seating-wise, leather booths around the room next to the windows mean there is no chance of being seated at the ‘dudd’ table – a thoughtful design touch.
On the Menu: An intriguing fusion of Peruvian and Japanese, MOMMI is a concept that really works – and the whole menu is gluten free. Specialising in fresh and zingy flavours, the Sunday Sushi Sessions menu is made up of 6 dishes from their raw bar, of which they recommend about two each. But, let’s face it, when it’s all-you-can-eat, you’re going to try them all.
What We Ate: On that note, we cautiously followed the waitresses recommendation by getting four of the six dishes to start with. Beautifully presented and some more hearty than others, a bowl of wonderfully flavoured ginger and sesame rice was topped with generous chunks of fresh salmon, avocado and a soft boiled egg. Similarly, the cured mackerel ceviche came atop a rice bowl but a substantial amount of chopped mackerel balanced the rice out. Crab rolls were drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise but the standout dish for us was without a doubt the silver mullet causa nigiri. Mouth-sized balls of ‘causa’ (a Peruvian potato dish – like a little ball of mashed potato) were topped with a sliver of silver mullet – so good we ordered them twice. It was all-you-can-eat after all. Suitably satisfied (the rice was deceptively filling) we rounded things off with the most gorgeously rich coffee and individual pots of ice cream: vanilla and lucuma (a Peruvian fruit and health powerhouse) and mint choc chip and spirulina from the imaginative and authentic dessert menu. Who knew dessert could be so healthy?
What We Drank: MOMMI don’t stop at all-you-can-eat. Continuing the generosity of their dining offerings, there is an option of bottomless bubbles so you can see how much you can drink too. As well as a glass of Prosecco (it was Sunday after all) we tried the cold lemon and green tea drink – a refreshing alternative to alcohol.
Go With: As many friends as you can gather. Popular with groups thanks to the bottomless brunches and now the sushi offerings, request the huge table on the left as you walk in – ideal for birthdays or a special occasion.
Final Word: MOMMI are trying hard to change the common perception of all-you-can-eat offerings slacking on quality – with each dish standing out in its own right and no different to dishes on the main menu, you know they’ve achieved this. Whilst there were rowdy groups nearing the end of their bottomless brunches, this actually provided a fun atmosphere but bear this in mind if a peaceful, civilised Sunday afternoon is what you’re after.