Francois Bothma, we’ve chosen yours as our review of the month. Just like us, you loved the new Tjing Tjing Momiji, which is expertly navigating a mix of subtle South African flavours and Japanese fine dining. We thought it ticked all the boxes and it seems you did too!
The ambience created by the traditional low seating in the Momiji Lounge set the scene for a memorable evening. On entering Momiji Restaurant, you are met by stylish but unpretentious décor. The staff immediately makes you feel like you are a special guest. The service of our waitress (Lerato) throughout the dinner was exemplary. Her explanation of each dish was fluent and spot-on. The ‘explanation cards’ handed out with every dish, as well as a visit to every table by the head chefs, added to understanding a true Kaiseki experience.
It is, however, the food that is the star at Momiji. They have perfected the art of balancing the taste, texture, appearance and colours of food. Dishes are beautifully arranged and garnished. Not only are they wonderful to look at, they are truly delicious. My personal favourite was the Wagyu and tongue. In true Kaiseki tradition, this dish proves that cheaper cuts of meat can be just as delicious as expensive ones. The mussels accompanying the ‘Hassun’ (bread board) is the best I have ever had.
Every dish was uniquely fantastic! The deserts clearly speak of a pastry chef that has a passion and knowledge of cooking. They are beautiful to look at and even more delicious to eat. The drinks/wine pairing is well thought out and added to a special evening. Thank you Momiji chefs and staff for a fantastic experience. – Francois Bothma
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