Momo Bar is a fast casual food place with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan food along with an impressive range of teas and other drinks. The food is cheap but plentiful and what most would probably call healthy! You certainly can get a lovely rainbow on your plate.
I like it enough that I have eaten here on each of several visits to Krakow. After inviting resident Krakow colleagues to join me there, residents who had never before eaten at Momo Bar, I heard that they liked it too. Why? Read on.
Venue and Menu
The venue interior could be described as rustic or basic. Transplant it to somewhere in London like Camden or Shoreditch and it would instead be hipster and bohemian. It offers space for people to sit together and socialise on big tables and space for individual business travellers like me to eat and read in peace. That said . . . I have never seen anyone else in here with a laptop. I think I might be their entire business traveller market so far . . .
Also to be liked is that you order at the counter and are served and pay immediately so if you are hungry or short on time, there is no waiting.
The menu features some typically Indian Foods including a couple of permanent ‘specialities’ including a spicy South Indian soup which is as aromatic and flavoursome as you might hope and expect. The actual daily menu is written up onto a blackboard in Polish and English and has a simple colour coding system to identify gluten free and vegan options. Each time I have visited one of the servers has spoken English and been familiar with gluten and has been able to talk me through the menu to highlight my options.
Aside from specific dishes, you can buy a ‘big’ or ‘small’ plate and then choose the things to fill it, example choices being Spinach & Tofu, Beets & Raisins and Chickpeas.
There seems to be always be one gluten free dessert option. There never seems to be more than one serving left by the time I get to Momo!
Drinks are another strong point. They have homemade lemonade, various fruit and vegetable juices but the star of the show for me is homemade Lassi. Lassi is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit and Momo offer the sweet and salty varieties. I tried the salty version on my last visit and rate it highly.
Simple, Heathly, Nutritious Meals
I always opt for the chunky, hearty, hot and spicy South Indian Soup made with red lentils and coconut for a starter. This is permanent menu item and with good reason for it is a lip-smackingly flavor rich soup.
Unfortunately another other permanent resident on the menu, the signature ‘Momo’ dish of Tibetan dumplings, is not available gluten free. Dumplings are not at all simple or easy to make gluten free but the London Ping Pong chain has mastered it. Momo, be inspired! Fellow Momo diners, start asking! I would love to be surprised on my next visit.
So I also usually choose a ‘big’ plate filled with whatever I fancy from their collection of tofu, bean and veggie dishes of the day. This often produces a’rainbow on a plate’ that I enjoy looking at, enjoy eating, and feel sure is a diverse, healthy, nutritous meal.
Would I Visit Again?
Absolutely. Crazy low cost, quick, friendly and simple service. Hearty, healthy, diverse range of Indian themed dishes. But Momo, bring us gluten free dumplings please!