Momo
Tibetan Dumplings

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Rue Defacqz in Ixelles is best known for its lovely Art Nouveau buildings. The Hôtel Ciamberlani is here, Paul Hankar also designed (and lived) in a house here too. For all of those who have seen these pearls time and time again the Rue Defacqz has a further attraction – that is definitely just as worthwhile visiting. The little restaurant Momo can easily be missed. But once you have discovered it you will definitely come back time and time again!

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Momo is a Tibetan restaurant, run by an Asian couple. They specialise on Tibetan dumplings.

So what is the difference between a dumpling from Tibet and China then?

Mainly the dough: At Momo the dough is stiffer and chewier then at Chinese restaurants. And according to the restaurant owner this is the traditional dough used in Tibet. They serve a meat filling and a vegetarian one – these have been slightly adapted to European taste buds. Obviously you can drink your usual soft drink here, but Momo also has a lovely tea selection.

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So far we have only been at lunchtime. Here Momo offers a Formule, a menu comprising a soup, dumplings, dipping sauce and steamed vegetables. The portions may look small at first, but the food is surprisingly filling. The restaurant is rather small – basically one very long table set slightly above the counter.

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The first time we went we reserved a table – but when we turned up we were just told to find a seat amongst the others. It can get a bit full at times as people working in the vicinity obviously have discovered this hidden gem.

The restaurant is open lunchtime during the week. From Thursday – Saturday it opens in the evenings too. Then the menu is apparently more extensive. Unfortunately we haven’t got around to go yet.

Momo. Rue Defacqz 27, Brussels // www.mo-mo.eu