The 18th of January (“Blue Monday”) is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, so why not brighten up the mood by trying a new restaurant, which also happens to be mostly gluten free. To me that sounds like a great idea.
“Mommi” opened up in July 2015 but this was my first visit. The food is a fusion between Japanese and Latin American and grouped into four main categories; Get Started, Raw Bar, Robata Grill and Hot Kitchen.
Their concept is based on sharing plates and they recommend 3 dishes per person. We decided to opt for the set menu which is £12.00 all day on Monday and available between 5:30pm and 7:00pm on Tuesday to Sunday.
The menu is very clearly labelled, with each dish clearly noted as gf, and with most dishes actually being gluten free. The only compromise required was to put the Teriyaki sauce for the grilled chicken on the side.
Get Started – Padron Peppers, Sea Salt and Crispy Peruvian Corn Cancha, Smoked Paprika. I am a massive fan of padrons so these went down a treat whilst I thought the corn could have been a bit crunchier.
Raw– Tuna Chirashi Sushi, Ginger, Kampyo &Sesame, Kizami Nori, Aji Amarillo Crème Fraiche and Salmon, Sweet Potato, Orange & Red Onion Ceviche, Lime & Coriander.
The salmon was my favourite dish out of the whole set menu, it had a nice tangy flavour but not too bitter or overpowering. The tuna was also was also delicious with a crème fraiche sauce and looked like a piece of art.
Robata – Mushroom, Corn Causa, Burnt Yuzu Dressing and Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa Lime Picante, Sesame & Lemon Zest Courgette.
I have never really been a massive fan of qunioa, but teriyaki chicken with quinoa was a healthy option and I will definitely be attempting to recreate this as home.
Hot Kitchen– Crispy Pork Bites, Sweet Potato, Red Onion, Green Habanero Ponzu and Cassava Fries, Coriander & Huacatay Crème Fraîche.
The pork was unfortunately a bit dry but still some very nice flavour to it. The cassava fries were an interesting and healthier alternative to regular fries.
The set menu was put together well and it meant you got to try everything from each of the four categories, and considering the portion sizes I was also very surprised that it was only £12. My only disappointment was that they didn’t have many gluten free desserts. I was really hoping that they had been able to pull together some gluten free churros or something…maybe in the future.