My anniversary, not theirs that is. Today is our 6 year anniversary. Last year after going to Lolita I wanted to do something special for the lady in my life. I emailed Chef Williams at Momocho and asked what can you do special. He said I have you covered just be here at 7pm Saturday and that we did. I had never been to Momocho yet, I know, I know what the hell have I been waiting for? I don’t know, seriously we love Mexican but we have never been. The restaurant itself is a decent sized little gem on Fulton and a welcome addition to the burgeoning dinning scene tucked off in that little strip that houses Johnny Mango’s and Le Petit Triangle. It’s an unassuming on the outside but very modern and eclectic inside. We dined upstairs where the walls are host to many Mexican Wrestler paintings and magazine clippings.
The upstairs area also is where the kitchen is which was pretty cool. There even is a little two seat bar area where you can watch everything go down. We had a nice quiet table to the side and man did we get an experience. First and foremost our server Tom was amazing. The guy was always smiling and was as excited about the food we were about to eat as we were. He was knowledgeable about the dishes and the ingredients and knew exactly what to pair with each dish. Maybe it was my recent hospital visit or the fact I don’t really drink but the first blood orange margarita was more than enough for me for the 3 hour dining experience. I did taste the pomegranate and the hibiscus as well and both were amazing. Nothing at all though would prepare us for the meal we were about to throw down. A five course tasting of all off the menu selections created exclusive for our anniversary dinner.
For the first course we had to try the guacamole. Tom suggested going off the menu on this with a goat cheese and smoked bacon guac. It was amazing. Their guac alone is enough for a nice lite dinner. It comes piled high with a basket of fresh salted tortilla chips. The cool goat cheese was the perfect compliment to the smokey bacon chunks. It was undoubtedly the best guac I have tasted and that includes my trips to Tucson. It’s just these amazing fresh flavors combined with the crispy salted chips that is something to die for.
Our first real menu course was a scallop ceviche. The presentation was great as it was brought out in a martini glass and topped with cilantro microgreens and root vegetable “chips”. It was packed with flavorful scallops, and avocado with some pepper and corn to add to the texture. It was fantastic. The taste was fresh with a hint of citrus and a little cilantro kicker.
The second course was a black bean Fundido with goat cheese served with warm corn tortillas. For such a simple dish the flavors were outstanding. It was like eating the best refried beans with roasted sweet onion and peppers. The roasted tomatoes were as sweet as candy with a melt in your mouth texture. It was so good we finished with our spoons when we ran out of tortillas.
The next course was completely ridiculous and possibly the best fish dish I have ever eaten. It was seared sea bass cooked to absolute perfection served on creamy celery root and leek puree. On top was a simple fresh salsa and crispy onion threads. The flavors were amazing on their own but when combined…oh my freaking goodness. The fish was cooked so perfect. It was light and flaky but with an incredible char on the bottom.
For dessert we had a trio of chocolate themed sweets. A chocolate and chili pudding served with fresh whipped cream. A salted caramel flan, and a chocolate cherry jubilee with fresh whipped cream. Complete chocolate overkill. Each one was perfect. They were not sickly sweet and the perfect ending to such an amazing experience.
This was an amazing meal and we were so done by the time the dessert course came out. I almost wanted a coupon that said come back tomorrow for dessert because you can’t possibly eat this much food. We were stuffed, beyond stuffed as a matter of fact. The meal was not only delicious but it was abundant. None of the dishes we ate are on the menu which only means one thing. We need to come back to actually try food from the menu. I don’t mind that at all. Momocho is a hip little joint that knows how to treat all their clients to an experience. Yours might not be as landmark as ours but I saw a lot of happy people leaving in the 3 hours we clocked in for our anniversary dinner. Chef Williams has an amazing staff and his unique twist on Mexican is nothing short of genius. Do yourself a favor and try them out if you haven’t yet. The only regret I have is not coming sooner.