Why go here:

To try exotic meats – there’s kangaroo to alpaca to crocodile on the menu.

What it looks like:

The restaurant is filled with cultural artefacts from all over the world. There are antiques like wooden giraffes, peacock feathers, Moroccan wall hangings and other random knick knack in every nook and corner of the place.




The food:

You’ve got to be adventurous if you’re coming to eat here. While the menu does include some ‘safe’ dishes like the Massaman Chicken or the Malaysian-style Confit Duck, I was intent on trying the dishes I couldn’t get anywhere else. So, going in with that mindset, I ordered the Crocodile in Vine leaves and the Python Carpaccio for starters. The Crocodile meat was soft and flaky and was served with honey poached plums and pickled samphire, a crisp vegetable that grows in coastal areas.


The Python looks like banana slices and tastes like chicken except much tougher. The accompanying green tea and wasabi crackers with olive puree were definitely the easier to digest components of the dish.


For mains, we tried the Kangaroo Skewers and the Jerked Alpaca. The kangaroo was marinated in an Israeli sauce made of peppers and garlic and was served with candied beetroot and a red onion farofa, which happens to be a Brazilian dish made with maize-flour couscous. I found the kangaroo meat to be similar to lamb and quite succulent from the marination.


The jerked alpaca came wrapped in a leafy bowl and topped with a cornmeal slice. There were plantain chips or Patecones on side along with a slab of buttermilk jelly, which tasted very much like Tofu. The alpaca was pretty fiery but the heat was offset pretty well by the creamy cornmeal slice and the buttermilk jelly.


While we couldn’t brave the love-bug salad, we did order some coconut rice with a sprinkling of ants on the side, which were  surprisingly nice and crispy and tasted almost like breadcrumbs.


Dessert was the Medieval Hive, which consisted of brown butter ice cream served with a beautifully silky honey and butter caramel sauce and all topped with a baby bee, the latter of which I very kindly let my friend enjoy all to himself. The ice cream and caramel sauce were to die for though!



This place is a gem for all the adventurous foodies out there. The fusion of cuisines and the use of understated and unexplored ingredients makes the food here all the more fun. Dining here is definitely an experience and it explains why the restaurant has been referred to as one of London’s most romantic settings.



Why go here:

For authentic Moroccan food at one of London’s oldest restaurants known for its ambience, cocktails and as Usher’s go-to place to eat.

What it looks like:

Momo includes the dining looking upon the traditional Moroccan open kitchen; a cafe with shisha and a cocktail bar. The whole place is kitted out with rugs, glass lamps and engraved brass vases. The seating in the restaurant comprises of low slung tables whereas the cafe has more comfy seating of cushioned mattresses. With the dim lighting, the music, the sweet smell of tagines and mint tea in the air and the intimate seating, this place is rightfully hailed as one of London’s most romantic.



However, I did find the service to be a little lacking. They brought us the wrong dishes initially and kept interrupting our conversations during meals to check what else we’d like to order, even though we’d clarified that we weren’t intending to place any additional orders of food and drinks.

The food:

The menu is primarily Moroccan with some elements of other cuisines introduced to keep the offerings modern and interesting. But we were keen to try the traditional dishes, specially since we’d been to Morocco just a few months back and we wanted to compare how ‘traditional’ the dishes really were.

For starters, I had the Pigeon Pastilla, a pastry filled with a sweet and cinnamon flavoured mix of tender pigeon meat, almonds and marmalade. While this was quite tasty, I did find it a bit unusual since I am not used to such sweet dishes to kick off a meal.


I enjoyed the  Fish Bourek better- a thin baked pastry filled with a mix of prawns, scallops and charmoula.

For main, you have to try one of the tagines. They really do match the Marrakech ones on quality and taste. I definitely felt transported back to my trip and to the roof top dinners overlooking the bustling central square. The only difference was in the price tag and also in the size- the portion sizes here are much bigger. My pot was filled to the brim with chicken, lemons, olives, caramelised onions and lemon couscous.


My friend ordered the Couscous Berber that came with a glass of Labneh Milk, which was a bit like a salty lassi. The portion size was massive, but the dish did feel a bit dry. Maybe they could have incorporated some of the yoghurt into the dish to add some moisture instead of serving it on the side as a drink.


The cocktails here are also quite good. I tried one of Momo’s signature cocktails- the Lavender Fantasy, which was really refreshing and went well with the heat of the tagine.



Must visit if you want to try authentic Moroccan food. Good place for an intimate sexy date, that transports you to Morocco in the midst of London. Worth going for shisha to the cafe post-dinner, instead of the standard drinks.