The sun was shining, people were smiling, cars were topless and the women may as well have been, and every inch of pavement within breathing distance of a pub or bar was packed tighter than Puff Daddy’s wallet. It could only mean one thing – summertime in London. We don’t get a lot of it but by golly do we know how to make the most of it.
I obviously had to get in on the action so made my way straight down to Heddon Street, one of my favourite foodie streets in London. From great cocktails at Below Zero, fine French food at Aubaine or even a random vegetarian restaurant in the shape of Tibits, this closed-off street is always full of life. This particularly day was the turn of the North African institution that is Momo. It’s been around for around 10 years now, but they’d just launched a new menu when I visited so the timing was perfect.
The venue comprises a restaurant, late night bar and café and exudes the inimitable laid back, bohemian cool typical of its Moroccan roots. I’ve spent many a sunny hour relaxing in the gorgeous, planted outdoor area with a sheesha and mint tea and this evening was no different; on this occasion, Mr Pants and I actually stayed on for 2 hours after our meal with a pack of Uno and plenty of aforementioned tea & sheesha!
Which brings us nicely onto the menu which consists of dishes from Morocco and the Mediterranean. We decided on their ‘North African Journey’ set menu, which at £45/head provides a mouth-watering array of dishes and a refreshing Caipiroska style cocktail. Starters included sweet and spiced Wood pigeon pastillas and totally delicious Briouats (filo filled with cheese, mint and potatoes). But it was the mains where things really got interesting. The Chicken Tagine was quite simply outstanding; tender chicken with sweet onions compote and subtle saffron in a delicately spiced sauce. Our other main of Couscous Momo was every bit as good. Featuring a lamb shank, lamb skewers and merguez served on a bed of couscous with a sauce made from the lovely lamb juices, every piece of meat was perfectly cooked, perfectly spiced and just melted in the mouth. Our desserts were the obligatory plate of Baklava and was a delicious ending to an excellent meal.
Cuisine: North African
Meal for 2 (excluding drinks): £70 (or £45/head for set menu including a cocktail)
25-27 Heddon Street
London W1B 4BH
Tel: 020 7434 4040