Tuesday, 30 May 2017

REVIEW: Brunch at Mommi, Clapham

Ooooh today's a corker of a brunch review! As we all know, I rarely venture south of the river but my recent reviews have all been in a southerly direction. Bloody Clapham - why do you host all the very best brunch spots! The torture! Anyways, bitching about London's favourite borough aside, today's review is all about the three great pillars of brunch dining: bottomless booze, beautiful food and rawkus company. Welcome to MOMMI

Set on Clapham High Street within easy reach of the overground station and Clapham North tube, MOMMI certainly stands out from the crowd. The all-black-errthang frontage gives way to an Art Deco inspired interior with references of Great Gatsby gold, secretive flapper catch-up curved booths and an expert DJ spinning the decks all day. There's even floral-tiled floors in the bathroom for your #IHaveThisThingWithFloors Insta post. But above all, the best place to brunch at MOMMI is their high street terrace. Lined with dark wood panels and filled with white and yellow seating, it's the best of both worlds - tunes, sunshine and the hustle and bustle of the high street. Dreamy. 

Brunch, obviously, begins with booze. At MOMMI, take advantage of their three course bottomless offer and the order du jour is prosecco. Light in texture as well as taste, their chosen bottle is well balanced and not too fizzy for pre-noon drinking. We sank two bottles over 90 minutes, so it's pretty easy drinking. 
The 'starter' is an easy plate of chips 'n' dip - guacamole to be specific. Creamy smooth and with a great kick of chili, the guac was perfectly delicious but perhaps the chips could have done with a sprinkle of sea salt just to wake them up a little. When the dip is done they verge on being bland - not ideal. 
The true delights come in the main course. Guests on the bottomless deal can chose from: Latin Breakfast (air-dried Spanish jamon Iberico, toasted jalapeno corn muffin, poached eggs, Huacatay spinach, aji amarillo hollandaise); Smashed Avocado on Toast (poached eggs, asparagus and oak smoked salmon with organic honey and sesame); Churrasco Steak & Eggs (5oz smoked rib eye of beef chargrilled on coal, two fried eggs, chimichurri, thick-cut cassava fries); and Huevos Racheros (scrambled egg, heirloom tomato, red onion, spinach and mushroom, crispy tortilla, aji panca beans, cassava fries and coriander creme fraiche).

I went for the avocado on toast - sounds basic, it's not. The chunk of toast came laden with possibly a whole avocado mashed with a tonne of seasoning. On the top, two *BEAUTIFULLY* poached eggs perched while side acts of silky smoked salmon and iron-rich asparagus made the perfect accompaniments. The most delicious part of the dish was certainly the honey and sesame dressing - a sweet dressing that I never though would work with eggs, let alone avocado, but it was a revelation. 
My guest went for the churrasco steak and eggs. The perfectly cooked steak was obviously a true winner and it was well rested allowing for the chimichurri flavours to infuse. She swapped her fried eggs for scrambled and these were light, fluffy and buttery with plenty of seasoning. No sign of the cassava fries; instead we have slim-cut sweet potato fries again beautifully seasoned with plenty of salt. 



For dessert (by this point we were 1.5 bottles in) MOMMI keeps things light with cinnamon waffle churros, drenched in dulce de leche, organic honey, crispy quinoa and, in my guest's case, toasted almonds. These sweet pots of deliciousness were heady and rich with sugar, so thank god there's only a small portion. The little physalis didn't go amiss either and those chopsticks made scooping up the dulce de leche a joy!
Brunch is served in three 90-minute sittings from 11am, but I advise getting there a touch early to enjoy a few extra moments in the sunshine. We vacated our table at the end of the 90-minutes and finished our drinks on the terrace.

Priced at £29.50 per person for bottomless bubbles and three courses of fabulous food, there's little not to like about brunch at MOMMI. The music is fantastic with a live DJ on hand throughout your sitting and the food is absolutely brilliant. I can't wait to go back for dinner! If you're looking for the perfect place to chill with friends before a day in town or want to jump back on the horse after a boozy Friday night, then MOMMI is the place for you.

Thank you to MOMMI for hosting this review. All opinions, as ever, are my own.

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