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Momo Kuro

Momo Kuro
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups
Food
Asian, Contemporary fare, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food
Momo Kuro is no different from its other siblings in that it also delivers a flavour explosion. The attention to detail on the plates is fantastic and each plate takes the diner on a little adventure. This particular outlet focuses on tapas, bao and poké bowls, which is really fun for sharing. Plates are hearty – even the small plates are generously portioned and well-priced, so diners will feel rewarded.

Be sure to try to the Formoso calamari with mint, basil and ginger; the Siu Mai open dumplings; the crispy salmon ceviche tacos; the Szechuan prawn wontons; the pulled beef brisket; and the Peking duck.

The bao and poké bowls are larger meals, prepared with fresh ingredients. If there’s room after the delicious tapas, then the deep sea bao – packed full of fresh tempura prawns, QP mayo, pickled ginger, Sriracha, hoisin sauce, spring onion and coriander – is a must. The Mighty Duck is also a winner. There’s something to suit all palates.

After all the umami-packed main dishes, you may want to try a baklava bao or lemon yuzu tart to cleanse your palate.

Drinks
Momo Kuro doesn’t have a liquor licence; however, diners are welcome to bring their own wine, beer or spirits free of charge. There’s a fabulous list of speciality teas on offer, well in line with wellness trends. There’s also a coffee station and a range of coconut waters and standard beverages on offer.

Service
The service in this little restaurant is a letdown on this occasion. Attention to detail is lacking, and service staff are not well informed or attentive to diners.

Ambience
Momo Kuro is quite literally hidden, taking underground dining to a new level. The physical address given doesn’t assist you in finding this secret little gem, either. When arriving, walk through the Keyes Art Mile, confirm with security personnel, climb the fire escape stairs then walk through a door to be presented with a magnificent view of Johannesburg and the back end of the bustling Marble restaurant. It;s quite a treat. In Japanese, the word momo translates to dumpling and kuro to black, and this is seen in the décor at the restaurant. The shop fitting is chic, clean and modern; well-suited to the artistic locale. The view over Rosebank is just sublime. The restaurant is incredibly loud, so don’t come here looking for a quiet date night or cosy get-together.

(February 2019)

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User reviews

  • Easily one of my favourite eatouts in Joburg. You cannot go wrong with the fiery peas, crispy calamari and taco ceviche! My absolute faves. I appreciate the fact that you can bring your own alcohol, gives you an opportunity to really try everything on the menu. The ambience is great, especially on a Thurdsay or Friday evening- only problem is they are often fully booked in the evenings. The staff is also very attentive, whether or not they are assigned to your specific table, which is much appreciated.
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  • Wow, what a hidden gem! The place is literally hidden up a dark stairway and I must admit I had my doubts about whether we were in the right place as we walked up. Once at the top we were most pleasantly surprised - the restaurant has a beautiful view of the night lights and the atmosphere was buzzing. But the highlight for me was the food. We ordered a selection of dim sum and tapas dishes, all of which were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! My favourite dish has to be the firecracker chicken which is just so crispy, spicy and packed with flavour. It got busy so it took a while for some of the food to come out, but it was worth the wait. Overall, a great evening.
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  • I love all the Momo restaurants, but this one has to be my favourite. The food is absolutely delicious and BYOB helps keep the bill low. It's also a really good spot to catch a view of the sunset.
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  • Great Food, amazing view and friendly staff
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  • One of my favourite restaurants. Really great food with an amazing view.
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  • Delicious food at a great price, with an excellent view!
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  • Accepts credit cards
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  • Licensed
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