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!
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.
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.
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