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Momo Baohaus

Momo Baohaus
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Asian, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food

Five words that first come to mind after the Momo Baohaus experience are: fresh and full of flavour. The recently opened restaurant specialises in tapas, buns, bowls and sushi rolls – a much-needed addition to offer authentic Asian food in northern Johannesburg.

Where to start? The beginning… and work your way through each subcategory. Go with as many friends as possible so that you can taste more than you’re able to order with dignity intact. The starter champion can be found at the top of the bao section, rightfully called The Chairman, filled with pulled lamb, hoisin, pickled shiitake, spring onion, coriander, toasted sesame, crushed peanuts, fried onion, cucumber and micro greens, neatly housed inside the freshest steamed bun. The Baohaus is also a winner, with teriyaki beef as an alternative, and for vegetarians, The Greenway, with braised or crispy tofu, garlic soy sauce, sriracha and all aforementioned goodies.

Moving along to tapas, order the perfectly crispy prawn spring rolls – because you can’t not – along with delicately flavoured beef and pickled shiitake pot stickers, and the potentially life changing spicy salmon ceviche taco. For the particularly health-conscious, there’s always the crunchy Asian slaw.

If you treated your tapas as starters and have room for mains, the bowls are everything and more. Choose your base of jasmine rice, wokked noodles or wokked greens, then opt for Szechuan if you can handle the heat – a steaming, saucy bowl of chicken, beef or tofu, ramen egg, cashew, red pepper, peppercorn oil, slaw and greens. For a less saucy option, Yaki Soba is a simple, tasty mix of prawn, chicken and noodles that you’ll find under Momo’s speciality bowls. Vegetarians can take delight in kimchi fried rice with a soft fried egg, spring onion and pickled radish, or the long list of Momo speciality sushi rolls. Absolutely delicious!

Drinks 

They’re working on getting a licence, so for now options are limited to non-alcoholic beverages including sodas, coconut milk, cordials and Turkish delight lemonade. The bottom of the drinks menu lets you know that you’re welcome to bring your own tipple at no charge.

Service 

They could do with a few more waitrons. Even though the small space smacks of hipsterism – wooden interiors, black and grey finishes with only occasional colour, clean lines – it’s jam-packed over weekends, so be prepared to wait a little longer than usual for food orders to arrive. But it’s worth the wait. If you haven’t made a booking, which you should do to avoid disappointment, you can plonk yourself at the bar counter that’s comfortable enough for your meal. You’ll be right under the barman’s nose and it’s probably your best bet for getting the fastest service.

Ambience 

Cosy, informal and intimate.

And… 

Torn between the sweetmilk and the salted-caramel dip for your dessert bun? Sweetmilk wins.

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User reviews

  • Some of the best Asian food in Joburg! My favourites include the prawn bao, Korean wings and twice cooked beef short ribs. No alcohol is served, but you can BYOB and there's no corkage charges! My only gripe is that dessert is a non feature, sad but true.
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  • Hell yes! This place is the bomb! After living in Singapore I've been craving good, authentic Asian food since I've been back. This place
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  • We had a private function at Momo Baohaus on Friday: the best evening! The restaurant increased their capacity to seat guests as we wanted to, the service was seamless despite a very big, very indecisive and very excited crowd. The food was excellent and plentiful which is such a nice change to feel like you really got your money's worth. This restaurant is a slick, cool new addition so jhbs restaurant and will certainly be one of my long term favorites! (So much so that we went back to get a repeat of the menu for take-outs on Sat eve!) ❤️
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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