Restaurant Review: Almaz by Momo

A great option for North African cuisine, entertainment, and décor
Restaurant Review: Almaz by Momo
By Lubna Hamdan
Tue 23 Feb 2016 02:08 PM

You don’t have to go to North Africa to try the region’s full dining experience. You can just drive to Almaz by Momo at The Beach, JBR. Before we talk about its heavenly food – no exaggeration, it’s one of the best we’ve tried - let’s talk about its décor and experience.

When we arrived at the door, we were greeted with a friendly waiter dressed in traditional North African dress. (We should probably mention that Momo’s is known for its friendly staff and quick service. As regular customers, we can confirm that that’s true.)

We were then given the option to sit downstairs or upstairs, both of which have an indoor area and outdoor terrace. Downstairs in the indoor area, however, a live singer plays on the weekends. And on the terrace on both levels lay two balconies with impressive sea views. We opted to sit in the upstairs indoor area because it’s warm and cosy. It’s designed in lavish purple couches, patterned walls, and copper gold tables.

On a separate note, there’s a quirky factor to Momo’s third branch (the restaurant has differently designed branches in Mall of the Emirates and Galleria mall) that’s modern, fun, and completely unexpected: its stairs. They’re basically lit with neon lights and floor to ceiling mirrors, so you get to have a laugh with friends over your neon white teeth and white pants.

But enough with the experience, let’s talk food. We opted for two traditional North African starters, Falafel and Fatoush salad – both were equally impressive. The falafel were not too oily yet juicy and not dry. However, Momo’s falafel portion was larger a few months back. For some reason, it’s not as large as its other dishes. The Fatoush salad, on the other hand, was huge in portion and tasted as great as salad can taste, really.

For the main course, we chose the Couscous Mechoui which included slowly cooked, marinated lamb shoulder, vegetable broth with tomato sauce, semolina, and the obvious couscous. Though the menu says the plate is for two people, the two of us could not finish it. To be fair, it was so delicious that it was hard to actually stop eating. The lamb was really, really tender, the vegetables in the broth were cooked just right, and the couscous was a healthy factor and was also light on the stomach. The best part for us though was the dessert: a molten chocolate cake, the Chocolate “Moelleux,” which comes with caramel praline and vanilla ice cream on the side. Do we really have to explain this one? Simply delicious.

If you’re wondering what we had for drinks, shame on you. We had the Moroccan tea, of course.


Almaz By Momo is located at Shop 4502, The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Dubai

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