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Momo Soko
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Asian, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
BYO No corkage

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food
If you’re looking for incredibly authentic and sublimely delicious Asian street cuisine with a modern twist, look no further than Momo Soko. This gem of a restaurant has a variety of dishes that tantalise your taste buds and delight your palate. Traditionally Asian cuisine is packed with flavor, but Momo Soko really takes it to the next level.

Anyone who’s visited Momo Baohaus in Greenside will know that the standard is exceptional, and this is the little sister of that great establishment. Expect to find nothing less than perfect mapo tofu which is braised in Szechuan pepper sauce and is headily aromatic and spicy. Fiery green beans lathered in ginger, chilli and garlic are still perfectly al dente, and the twice-cooked baby beef ribs in barbeque sauce are also worth trying. Along with these mouth-watering appetisers it comes highly recommended to try soko, which Momo Soko is well known for. They’re tender marinated skewers of protein and vegetables grilled to perfection and seasoned in various ways. The Matterhorn soko is lamb with a green basil mint drizzle, toasted sesame seeds and spring onions. Emei comprises crispy tofu skewers with Sriracha, Japanese mayo, hoisin, sesame seeds and spring onions. These are exceptional for sharing and come in portions of 2.

Move onto fluffy bao – steamed buns stuffed to the rim with various fillings. You can choose a variety of options, but the Baohaus boa is a patron favourite, featuring teriyaki beef, hoisin, Japanese mayo and pickled onions. Else opt for the more exotic Kung Pow Bao – it’s jam-packed with spicy Korean beef, kimchi, sesame seeds, gochujang, mayo and spring onions.

For a hearty meal or healthy lunch, Momo Soko offers bowls and poké bowls with a variety of fabulous ingredient combinations.

Drinks
Whet your appetite with coconut water, yuzu ginger beer or Turkish delight lemonade. Momo Soko doesn’t have a liquor licence, so you’ll need to bring your own, but they do have a good selection of soft drinks.

Service
The service is a let down at this establishment considering how good the cuisine is. The staff are friendly and pleasant, but it’s slow and they do take a long time to execute basic tasks. But once you’ve accepted the pace, you’ll be able to settle in and enjoy your experience.

Ambience
When you walk into Momo Soko it feels as if you’re walking down a festival street in Asia. The décor is well done – simple, tasteful and suits the environment so well. Momo Soko is not the easiest place to find, so ensure you familiarize yourself with the lay of the land before you leave home!

(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • So I’m sitting in Momo Kuro feeling bad because I just had to ask for service to order coffees for a second time. Apparently I’m being unreasonable even though nobody has been to our table since our mains arrived over an hour ago. Momo - your Greenside Restaurant was great but you seriously need to sort out your staff and their attitude. Rosebank & Illivo need some management.
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  • The food is tasty but value for money hampered by the 100g portions of meat in the main dishes. The hot and sour soup was tasteless. Service poor asked a waiter twice and the manager to take the soup back, eventually took the bowl back myself to the counter, and then had to ask them to remove the item from the bill at the end of the meal. Tasty tapas treats, the mushrooms really good. Could improve by more attentive service and larger protein portions in the momo bowls.
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  • This spectacular restaurant is a winner every single time. From the ambience, which is a cool vibe as it’s busy spot in Illovo, to the mouth watering and absolutely to die for food. The BYO booze policy with no corkage fee is absolutely great as you cut down on cost and can bring along your favorites. Bear in mind the dishes are all very reasonably priced which makes you just want to order more and more. The food is the real show-stopper, beyond my expectations and consistent each and every time. A good variety of seafood and vegetarian dishes, makes this gem suitable for everyone. Make sure to book a table as this magical spot is always busy with happy faces enjoying their bao’s , poke bowls or tasty tapas. Best done shared. Love and Light. Laughter and yumminess.
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  • The Hipster place to eat in 2018! Laid back setting means you can visit any day of the week. This is the type of place which is great to share tapas style with friends or to order a bowl and go solo. Everything on the menu is packed with flavour. For starters we had the firecracker chicken which i loved because its deep fried and spicy. other starters we chose were the korean fried wings, gyoza and Kalbi Beef. my favourite again was the firecracker chicken. Next! The Kung Pao Bao was a highlight for me as its right on trend with the 'David Chang' vibe. You have to try this. Although sadly after ordering some other Bao though i realised they all have the same base of spring onion, hoisin, qp mayo and sesame (would love some differentiation). On the soko side of things i had the K2 beef and krokatoa chicen - the taste was good but o think I will stick to tapas starters and bao. we orders the yuzu and chocolate desserts but I think dessert can get a skip.at this restaurant (the sorbet with the yuzu dessert was wonderful. had to add that!)will be back to try the momo bowls.
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  • Our table had a selection of Bao’s for starters which was a highlight as always - you can’t go wrong ordering one (one of the girls “complained” she could not eat anything until supper the following day as the portions were so big!!). For mains we all had a variety of bowls (hot sechuan chicken one was VERY HOT so beware) the overall comments were yummy, nice crispy veggies, noodles so-so and wow it’s spicy. The deserts seem to be an afterthought altough the ice cream was delicious the tarts were very average so opt for a pot of tea rather to end your meal.
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  • Excellent. Freak and thoughtful dishes. Lots of exciting options, thus too many to choose, so will def be back.
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  • Momo Soko is an all round hit - vibey, friendly staff, delicious food, and well-priced... even ended up at their sister branch, Momo&O, 2 days later! Would definitely recommend a visit (probably worthwhile booking as restaurant was full).
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  • Momo Soko is most definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Johannesburg. The food is absolutely sublime. Going all out on tapas for the table makes for a wonderful dining experience - the beef short ribs, chicken wings and salmon sashimi tacos are a must! The Colonel Bao is also delicious and forms part of an extensive list of various baos. The Bowls are also packed with flavour - and if you're feel like something fresh, the poké bowls are incredible. Really - the food is just amazing! It is situated at the Thrupps Centre - I'm not a fan of restaurants in centres - But I think they do try to make the most of the location. Service has recently been less exceptional than in the past, but still very friendly and effective. A must!
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