REVIEWED: London's TOTALLY gluten free Japanese restaurant
Gluten free food options occupy a space in nearly every London based restaurant menu, meaning that having celiac disease or a gluten intolerance isn’t SUCH a pain anymore. However, with that said – albeit the fact there are a fair few options for us, we still must pick the best out of the gluten free bunch rather than having any option available to us.
I was expecting the odd dish to contain gluten. Nope – Not one dish, it was all COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE!
Having a restaurant dedicated to those who avoid gluten is pretty rare. So, when celiac approved, Clapham based restaurant, MOMMI invited me to review I jumped at the opportunity.
Located a short walk away from Clapham Common, MOMMI is a stylish Japanese style restaurant with a beautiful, fancy interior and a menu to blow your gluten free expectations out of the water. Although the restaurant had previously told me it was certified gluten free I was expecting the odd dish to contain gluten. Nope – Not one dish, it was all COMPLETELY GLUTEN FREE!
The restaurant boasts dim, romantic lighting and a modern, classy vibe. Josh and I sat facing one another in a booth and inspected the menu. We were told that each dish arrived on a small plate (similar to that of a tapas dish) and three – four plates were recommended per person.
There were rows of different foods on the menu with vegetarian, fish and meat based options available for sides, mains and nibbles. We chose four small plates each to share. I started with the steamed edamame (£3.50) lightly salted – you could choose between having spice or salt but as I’m a HUGE salted edamame fan (really, somebody should get me a T-shirt) I went salty. Josh partnered my edamame with the Flesh-Fried Pedron Peppers (£3.50) which were also topped in crushed sea salt and made the perfect accompaniment to my dish whilst we sipped our drinks and picked at the food.
These light snacks are ideal to begin as they leave you feeling satisfied but not too full for the rest of your meal.
For our mains we chose a couple of different dishes. I opted for the Sweet Potato, Choclo, Heirloom Tomato and Sea Aspargus Ceviche, Citrus Leche De Tigre (£4.50) from the veggie set menu. A sushi bowl of rice mixed with sweet potato, asparagus, pepper, coriander, tomato and onion. The dish was creamy, healthy and more-ish. We had initially wanted to take a few mouthfuls of each so as not to fill up too quickly, but found it too hard to stop.
I partnered this dish with a side of sweet potato fries (£3.50) – OH MY GOD they were incredible. With a salty kick that mixed with the sweetness of the chips and a creamy dressing made up of Yuzu Mayo and Aji Amarillo. This is not a side to avoid!
The price point is extremely reasonable with sides and nibbles starting at just £3.50 which is really reasonable given the fact it feels and looks like a high-end restaurant.
Josh’s favourite dish, however was the ‘Mixed MOMMI Grilled Miso Salmon, Sweet Potato Puree, Coriander, Choclo and Aji Panica Soy Dressing (£9.50) which was a slightly different dish to the others. The salmon arrived on a plate rather than bowl with a stunning presentation that looked almost (but not quite) too good to eat. With edamame beans mixed into the sauce and onions topping it, it was delicious, protein packed and partnered perfectly with the sweet potato fries and sushi bowls.
I will definitely be returning to this restaurant, the price point is extremely reasonable with sides and nibbles starting at just £3.50 which is really reasonable given the fact it feels and looks like a high-end restaurant.
I would definitively agree with the recommended 3-4 plates per person, which are all extremely enjoyable to eat with the traditional chop stick addition… Whether you can or can’t use them – we definitely would suggest having a laugh whilst trying.
Make sure to finish and /or start your meal with a cocktail! Our favourite is the CHICA (£9.90).