Marbella’s Gastronomic Treasure
Situated in the charming Calle Tetuán in Marbella’s Old Town, Momo has been well established for many years. As a result of that success, it was only natural that owners Katrin and José María would expand the business and open a second and much larger restaurant on Marbella’s Golden Mile. Home & Lifestyle Magazine visited the Golden Mile establishment to take a look around and try out some of their dishes…
When you enter Momo on the Golden Mile, you pass through their attractive terrace into the spacious restaurant. You are met by eclectic décor with warm and cosy velvets and ambient lighting. The tropical vegetation, together with statues of a flamingo and an ostrich coming out of a wall, gives the feeling of being in an exotic oasis. At the rear of the restaurant is their open kitchen, where you will of-ten see owner José María and his team cooking-up their creations. The long bar area to the right of the restaurant could almost be described as colonial in style, with tassel-fringed lamps, a velvet chesterfield sofa and the bar itself wrapped in a wallpaper depicting large bold blooms of flowers. There is a grand piano at the entrance and the jewel in the restaurant’s crown is a beautiful and buzzy conservatory area where they often hold live music. We tried several dishes from the menu. Its slant is definitely towards an Asian influence with sushi, Chinese noodles, Teriyaki salmon, Thai curry and the like, but there are also steaks, rack of lamb, French duck, prawns pil-pil, pasta and much more, so there is something for everyone. Everything we tasted was of an excellent standard, with fresh ingredients presented creatively on the plate. We particularly enjoyed the gyozas, slow-cooked pork belly, salmon and sea bass ceviche, while the king crab and scallop dim sum in a Pernod bisque sauce with Thai basil is a must try! The desserts are all homemade and exquisitely prepared, offering a good balance of flavours and not too heavy. We tried the chocolate fondant with fresh fruit, ice cream and a shard of white chocolate and, as full as we were at that point, we could not leave a scrap on the plate!
You can tell that Momo care about the details, serving piping-hot homemade wholemeal bread with indulgent Beurre D’Isigny butter and crunchy minced pork croquette appetisers. The ingredients that go into their organic salad come from their very own garden, which includes some fruit and vegetables that are very rarely found in Spain. Even the tableware has been carefully chosen to suit each individual dish on which it is served. The service is very impressive, with plenty of staff on-hand to at-tend to your every need.
We chatted to Momo chef and owner José Maria while he was working in the kitchen and were struck by the unbounded enthusiasm he has for his work. Every plate that left the kitchen was meticulously checked before leaving the pass, and he spoke passionately about the ingredients used in his dishes.
We also noted that the prices were very reason-able as the portion sizes were excellent, and the ambience and quality of the ingredients and service, superb. They also offer an Early Bird Menu of two courses for €20 and three courses for just €25 between 6pm and 7.30pm.
This venue would be perfect for a private party or function as it can easily accommodate large groups in stunning surroundings.
Open Monday to Sunday from 6pm until midnight.
Tel. (+34) 952 770 760