Momo Baohaus, a refreshing and exciting restaurant in Greenside, has an exquisite menu with so many tantalising items that are not found anywhere else. It might leave you in a bit of a predicament not knowing what to order, says Eat Out critic Anna Montali.
Serves: Modern Asian-inspired tapas
Cost: Average main course is R100
Best for: Feasts with friends
Star rating: Food and drinks 5, service 5, ambience 4
The best way to approach such a delicious-sounding menu is to do a little at a time, committing to return several times to try the rest. For now, settle in for a couple of hours, starting on a seriously empty stomach.
One of the stand-out dishes worth a mention is firecracker prawns from the tapas section. The hot butterflied crispy prawns are served with puffed vermicelli, sriracha, togarashi spice and wasabi mayo. You might also enjoy the intensely flavoured tofu squares with mayo, sriracha and hoisin.
On the bao side of things, try the Kung Seoul of crispy Korean beef, gochujang, kimchi, ramen, egg, pickled shiitake, Asian slaw and greens. This dish is a serious flavour bomb. Although the food is tapas style, portions are generous and quite filling. It’s a good idea – for more than one reason – to share. This establishment is also a huge hit with vegetarians with equally exciting meat-free options on the menu.
On the sweet side, the small offering (if you have space) includes a delicious-looking deep-fried bun accompanied by original sweet milk or salted-caramel dip.
The speciality teas are worth a try. The popcorn tea, made from roasted rice, has a warm, nutty flavour. For cooling down, sip on the refreshing Turkish delight lemonade.
Waiters are friendly and attentive and enjoy giving menu suggestions.
Momo Baohaus is tastefully designed but very tiny, busy and noisy.
It’s a cool vibe and a well worth the experience. Booking well in advance is essential.
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