Momo Kuro Is Joburg’s Best-Kept Dim Sum Secret
Hidden up a secret stairway, Momo Kuro is the latest delicious addition to the growing Momo empire – and it's well worth a visit.
Up a flight of stairs that is tucked away through a service entrance in Rosebank’s Trumpet Building on the Keyes Art Mile is one of Joburg's latest hidden gems — a sleek brass and gloss box that celebrates a new kind of Asian fusion cuisine, and boasts some of the best dim sum in the city.
Momo Kuro, which translates from Japanese as ’black dumpling’, is the latest addition to the Momo chain of restaurants, and the interiors echo this fact. On entry through a door that reads ‘exit’ on its exterior, diners are welcomed by a glamorous brass installation of poles, backed by a black, high-gloss panel that continues throughout the restaurant, creating wonderful reflections of the extraordinary views outside the windows. The whole space looks out onto the 'forest' of Joburg's well-known, treed 'Parks' suburbs, extending all the way out to the hills of the Cradle of Humankind on a good day.
Each Momo outlet around Johannesburg has its own area of speciality within the group's range of Pacific Rim fusion cuisine. At Greenside's Momo Baohaus, the focus is on cloud-light bao buns, while Momo &O is all about ramen noodles, and Momo Soko specialises in skewers. At Momo Kuro, you can expect a sampling of the best of the other restaurants' offerings, as well as a zoom-in on poké bowls, tapas-style dishes and elaborate dim sum creations.
House and Leisure would recommend making your way through a selection of small plates, which are enough to make a full meal between sharing groups, as well as a great way to try the diverse range of flavours and textures that this particular outlet offers. Spare some time to take in the view while enjoying a soothing mixed mushroom cheung fung, and the subtle flavours of the siu mai open dumplings. The har gau prawn dumplings make for a light and fresh nibble, as do the other dumplings and dim sum on the menu. The crunch and heat from the Formosa calamari also add to the fusion feel, especially when accompanied by the soy, mint, basil and ginger dipping sauce.
Momo Kuro doesn’t have a liquor licence, so patrons who drink alcohol are encouraged to bring their own bottles. But there is an interesting selection of teas and aloe-based drinks, as well as surprisingly delicious coffee. And with all the flavours on the plates, the spectacular view, and that special feeling of knowing that you’re experiencing one of Joburg’s little secrets, you might not need much else to accompany your meal — we certainly didn’t.
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