A trip to Peru with MOMMI

A trip to Peru with MOMMI

A trip to Peru with MOMMI!

In a city where Peruvian food is cropping up all over the place (and rightly so, as it’s AMAZING) a restaurant has to set itself apart from the crowd somehow. And Mommi has done just that – having gone completely gluten free a few years ago, on our first naive visit (a birthday) we took in a birthday cake for our friend – whilst they were kind enough topresent it with candles, they wouldn’t allow us to eat it inside the restaurant due to cross contamination, which we actually thought was quite amazing of them. The birthday girl was also thrilled…she got to take home the whole thing and eat it herself!

Mommi also fuse Japanese cuisine with their Peruvian roots, leading to a varied and vibrant menu of hold and cold wonders. Every dish comes out like a colourful painting, perfectly cooked meats and gorgeous accompaniments…but if you’re a veggie, don’t worry – there are tons of vegetarian dishes that are just as outstanding. On our first visit, they couldn’t put a foot wrong – every dish was a hit. On our second visit, restricted a little more by dairy free and vegetarian requirements at the table (and of course using the Eat Safe app to choose our dishes) we did have to send back the aubergine dish for being undercooked. But they handled it well, and promptly brought out a replacement dish.

The service was friendly and familiar and the decor in Mommi is stylish and eclectic – they take presentation seriously, not only on the plate, but on the interiors, too. Our top tip: go on a Sunday night, where they offer 40% off your food bill! A steal, and with the money saved, get yourself a pisco sour or a Pachamama cocktail – delicious. Our favourite dishes are the Grilled Miso Salmon, the Nikkei Tempura Fish and Chips, and the House Ceviche! Go in a big group so you can try it all. And make sure you take some photos…. those pics will go far on Instagram. 😉

Find Mommi at www.wearemommi.com !

90 Degree Melt…100 percent worth it!

90 Degree Melt…100 percent worth it!

 

90 DEGREE MELT

When you think about an oozy, melted cheese heaven sandwiched inside two crispy warm pieces of lightly toasted white bread, vegan definitely does not spring to mind. 

So when we discovered 90 Degree Melt, a vegetarian grilled cheese spot in East London, we had to see if such a thing existed, and if it was worth it. Having recently rebuilt their menu to include more American classics and make the majority vegan friendly and adaptable to gluten free, 90 Degree Melt is a little off the beaten track, but easy to get to – just a minute’s walk from Stepney Green station, on the main road.

Matt and I were greeted by their American theme, definitive and obvious. The draw here is comfort-food, in a casual yet trendy setting. We went to (chicago) town, opting for Cauliflower ‘Buffalo Wings’ (GF & Vegan), Bean ‘Meatballs’ (Vegan), Tex Mex Wedges (GF and can be made vegan), and Jalapeño Corn bread (GF!).

Our table in all its glory…

 And since all of the grilled cheese sandwiches (and there are quite a few to choose from) can be made gluten free and vegan, we went for the GF and vegan version of the Mozzarella Melt, still cynical as to whether it could match up to the gooey gluttony of the original.

The service was attentive and kind throughout our wait, which luckily wasn’t long (good, because I was about to eat Matt, I was so hungry) and then the food came. Retaining some of the vibrancy and colour of vegetarian food but also the comforting allure of the classics, it was looking good, albeita little small – though the portion sizes are advertised as tapas. I decided to tackle what I thought would be the most disappointing dish first – the grilled ‘cheese’. It DID NOT disappoint. Astonishingly, the cheese and bread tasted just as good as their ‘real’ counterparts (I know…what??) and the addition of the olives, tomatoes and herbs made this sandwich an absolute hit. I was reluctant to give Matt his half. The buffalo ‘wings’, crispy cauliflower florets in a GF batter, covered in spicy, tangy buffalo sauce, were also a winner – the corn bread was sweet, cakey and addictive, and the ‘meatballs’ were quite astounding, being served with a white nutty sauce that we definitely needed more of. We were not only content, but wondering how they’d managed to create such comforting vegan wizardry.

Due to the tapas sized, sharing nature of the plates, what initially appears like a very cheap menu turns out to be a bit more mid-ranged in terms of price – to try a good range of the menu (and you should) with a drink would set you back about £20 each in a couple, a bit less in a group. Is itworth it? Absolutely. This vegan food is a 90 degree step up from previous I’ve tried. Get yourselves over to Stepney Green and give it a go – you won’t regret it.

Service 5*

Food 5*

Value for Money 4.5*

Originality 5*

      

90 Degree Melt  – 235 Mile End Road, London E1 4AA

www.90degreemelt.co.uk

 

 

About our reviews: We are not sponsored in any way for our restaurant reviews, our thoughts are entirely our own and based on our genuine visits 🙂