Momo's by Ruvi had a hungry set of people waiting for them before they even opened shop, thanks to their Instagram account featuring mouthwatering images about a month before they launched. They finally opened up about a week ago, so we were able to check it out.
Tucked in one of the alleyways a little way off Majestic City, it's a bit hard to find. The location is unexpected, mostly because it seems to be a bit of an industrial area, and the restaurant completely contrasts with its surroundings. It's got a minimalist theme going on, with tons of quirky little punny touches. We found ourselves simultaneously groaning and giggling over the jokes.
The dining space is clean, cool, and tastefully furnished, with a blackboard featuring the menu items. The lady running the place is friendly, chatty, and pleasant. She has infinite patience if you're indecisive, and will recommend stuff if you ask.
Their menu features vegetarian options, as well as beef, chicken and prawn options. There's no pork right now as the owner is using halal ingredients. You can opt for them to be steamed, shallow fried, wok fried, or with cheese. There are also two platter options which come with soups. We picked a Meat Fiesta at Rs. 1250, and Beef Cheese Momo for Rs. 540.
The Meat Fiesta features two meat options (we selected chicken and prawn). This includes 12 momos prepared in three ways (steamed, shallow and wok fried), and two bowls of clear soup. Our wok-fried options came tossed in sambol sauce and a little dish of soy-chilli sauce, the latter a personal favourite.
Our momos were generously stuffed with their respective meats, which were also strongly flavoured with herbs. I distinctly tasted garlic and saw bits of carrot and leeks chopped up and mixed in. The prawn momos were the best, as the chunky bits of prawn were quite noticeable.
I expected the beef and cheese momo to be stuffed with both, but it turned out to be beef momos topped with creamy mozzarella. We were told that they tried stuffing it as well, but that during steaming and frying, the cheese oozed out of the dough, so they decided to top it off instead.
They offer a small range of iced teas for drinks, and not-marked-up prices for water bottles (Rs. 50, YES!). We got ourselves a Peach Fiesta to cool off, which was a solid choice as it was icy, tangy, and not too sweet.
For a place that's been open for just over a week, Momos by Ruvi is functioning quite smoothly. They've got a Nepalese chef, and (random trivia) the owner grew up watching and helping her grandfather make and sell momos, so she's intent on providing an authentic dining experience. We got to experience nearly everything on the menu (except the vegetarian option) for Rs. 2090, and were happily stuffed by the end of it to boot. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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