MoMo Brings Mo' Food and Mo' Drinks to Eastwood Mall
MoMo's new branch in Quezon City sets a new standard for affordable comfort food.
Fuss-free feasts, the kind that can instantly turn a blah day into a good one, are always a sure winner. And the folks behind Chelsea and Ayala Museum's M Café seem to be experts at it. But MoMo's new branch at the Eastwood Mall isn't just about bringing the goods from the first branch at Robinsons Manila to the east. "The Manila branch, which is a quick service cafe, is our prototype," shares owner Martin Wisniewski. "The Eastwood branch is like MoMo 2.0, and it's been so successful that very shortly you'll be able to have the same great food and experience at the Manila store."
The restaurant, which opened mid-July, is already packing in the crowds. With whimsical, comfortable and fun interiors, sunshine streaming in through the glass windows, a cheery vibe and comfy booths perfect for lingering over leisurely meals, the menu is filled with tasty appetizers, thin-crust pizzas and pasta dishes, plus jumbo plates that are meant to be shared. According to Martin, "We've noticed a lot of people bring take home bags because the food can be too much to eat. [The portions are] a little deceiving." The Big Breakfast menu is also served all day and their selection of desserts include gummy-bear topped cupcakes.
SPOT.ph quizzed Martin Wisniewski, and chef Kalel Chan on what MoMo really means and why it's a must to make a mental note to visit the place soon.
Martin: Mo' food, mo' drinks!
What kind of restaurant did you have in mind?
Martin: We felt that people were looking for a fun, casual, and very affordable, comfortable "hangout" with very friendly service and really good comfort food with big portions. We never wanted to be pretentious or "trying hard", just a place to eat really good food and have an even better time.
Kalel: Everyone wants the kind of food your mother or grandmother cooks on a Sunday or for special occasions. Here in MoMo, we serve it to you fresh every day!
Describe MoMo in five words.
Martin: FUN-tastic. Comfortable. Friendly. Unpretentious. MoMolicious.
Kalel: Homestyle cuisine with an edge.
Were there any dishes that were tricky to develop?
Martin: Yes, the MoMo! Gourmet (Salad). We went through about 10 versions up until the day of opening, until we finally got the recipe down. Now, it's our best-selling salad!
Kalel: The meatloaf (Meat, Meat & More Meat at P385). It's a dish that's common to most restaurants, so we were challenged to make it different from the rest. So we did a lot of recipe testing to come up with the right formula and added a certain twist to it, and it's what people are raving about now.
Which dishes are you particularly proud of?
Martin: First the meatloaf (Meat, Meat & More Meat at P385); I believe it's one of the best in town. It's hard to make a meatloaf really good but this one turned out very tasty and different!
Then, the surprise hit, the Slow Roasted Herb U.S. Roast Beef Fingers (P450). Not an everyday cut of meat, but everybody orders it. Chef Kalel made it super tender and very tasty with his secret rub. We have one guest who came back every other day for about a week just to eat it, and even brought his girlfriend and parents.
Kalel: Yes, the Roast Beef Fingers (P450) is my personal favorite. It has a smokey, creamy, tangy taste to it. The meat's flavor profile itself is the star–you can only achieve that kind of taste with this particular cut of meat.
How are you able to keep the prices down for this kind of food?
Kalel: It's not easy for this kind of cuisine, but it involves a lot of research, sourcing and testing. We are able to achieve that by finding good, but less expensive ingredients without sacrificing quality.
What will people keep coming back to MoMo for?
Martin: We believe people will keep coming back for the very good and unpretentious comfort food and, of course our warm, friendly service. We really enjoy pampering our guests, giving them the attention they deserve.
MoMo is located at the Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City. Te. No. 900-1006 and 900-1007. MoMo is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.