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Where is it: Clapham High Street, South West London.

Concept: A Japanese meets Latin Raw Bar and Grill. All in all it’s a perfect blend of the upbeat rhythm of South America with the elegant refinement of Japan.

Who goes: 20-something Clapham-ites relishing having somewhere that feels as cool as Soho on their doorstep serving up really good food at reasonable prices.

The food: Small plates designed to be shared. Right now anywhere serving Padrón peppers gets our vote but these were especially good. The Padróns sat in the snack section followed by a raw section (made up of sushi, sashimi, ceviche, tataki, tartar), robata grill and hot kitchen with everything coming in smallish plates designed to be shared. 

The colour that is so characteristic of Peruvian food and the precision that comes from Japanese made the presentation exquisite. What’s more, it is all pretty healthy and mainly gluten- and diary-free too.

Hero dishes: Sea Bass with Sweet Potato, Olive Oil, Choclo, Burnt Yuzu Dressing and Red Amaranth; Pork Belly with Sweet Potato & Salsa Criolla Sanguche; and Shrimp & Mushroom Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing and Japanese Purple Potato Salad.

Our highlights? Had to be the Tuna Tataki; Scallop & Pancetta Skewers with Smashed Peas and the Split Prawns with Garlic, Onion & Lime. 

To drink: We tucked into house-infused Pisco sours and the signature MOMMI Fizz with gin, lemon, watermelon and champagne, followed by a tasty Argentinian Torrontes which we would definitely recommend. 

Interiors: Cool and contemporary. The polished concrete kitchen counter gives the restaurant an urban feel whilst the booths around the outside are cosy for two but large enough for a handful of you. 

What’s more, famed photographer Ben Watts, brother of actress Naomi Watts, is exhibiting for the first time in the UK with an exclusive collection of his bold, bright and vivacious images on display throughout the restaurant.
 
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Small print: The priced-to-experiment wine list features half a dozen different wines all at the same price, encouraging diners to explore different varieties and try something new. A nice approach meaning you won’t get carried away on expensive wine but equally, it also means you can’t…

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