Moroccan afternoon tea, anyone? Check out my Momo London review.
So I went for afternoon tea at Momo’s – a trendy Arabic restaurant right in the heart of Oxford Circus.
Nestled in a leafy open terrace, the decor is every inch middle eastern and had the seating and decor that wouldn’t look out of place in a Moroccan riad.
I went with a friend and we shared afternoon tea between us, which was £22 per person.
As we were sharing one, we got to sample small bites of everything. Their chicken wrap was succulent, their scones were delicious (my favourite part of afternoon tea) but I didn’t care too much for the sweet pastries and crisp bread. Though they offered unlimited tea top ups, I wouldn’t say it was worth the price we paid, and you were very much paying for the central location rather than the food itself.
However, the bigger disappointment for me was the service. It took a whole 20 minutes to get served, which is sometimes forgivable. But the biggest bugbear was when we were asked to move tables as we were sat on a table for four rather than two, and I accidentally left my bag there.
Once I realised I was in a slight panic as it contained the prize for my recent blog giveaway which I was due to post out. However, I then spoke to a waiter who assured me that he had safely put it in the back and will bring it out for me.
However, rather than returning it straight away, he faffed around for half an hour, served other customers and basically made me wait unnecessarily.
Then there was the issue with the bill. Despite asking to share one course of afternoon tea, we were billed for two. An easy mistake to rectify, and the same waiter said he’d check to confirm the correct bill with the waitress who served us. Yet en route he seemed to forget and we waited another 10 minutes. Upon calling him over for clarity he seemed dumbfounded, suggested he was waiting for us to pay and discarded the double bill – confusing!
So anyway, I didn’t love my experience, which is a shame as it’s one of the much prettier eateries in central London.
I’ve been assured by friends that the cafe is much more value and reasonable than the restaurant and that their salads are nice. But I’m put off, and for a true Arabic experience I’ll just head to Edgware Road next time.