Kulinary Adventures of Kath and I were due for lunch and to my delight, she was willing to come and meet me in the city on a weekday. I’ve been so short on time lately that I’ve really been needing weekends to study at home (i.e. sunbathe while baking) but of course, one always needs lunch during the working day!
I had been eyeing up Momo Brasserie for some time for a visit, and with us two girls hungrily in the mood for a hearty burger, I decided to finally give them a go. They market themselves as the “Upper East Side’s new destination for a relaxed dining experience”, with a significant emphasis on American-favourites like New York Pastrami, Reuben and Philly cheesesteak.
As much as I was curious to try one of these classic American options, I needed a point of comparison for the first time I was here and so opted for their Wagyu Brioche Burger ($17.50). This baby came with a Wagyu beef patty, caramelised onions, Swiss cheese, lettuce, smoky bacon and aioli on a toasted brioche bun. You can choose salad or fries, but seriously – there’s already lettuce in the burger, so why bother with more salad?
Buttery and soft brioche bun, tenderly caramelised onions, oozy Swiss cheddar melted all over the juicy Wagyu patty, crispy bacon and creamy aioli. I was in bliss. The chips were also ridiculously good, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and perfectly seasoned.
Kath had opted for the Barramundi Burger ($17.90), being a flash fried, egg batter fillet, with lettuce, slaw, Swiss cheese and sauce tartare, served on a toasted brioche bun.
She found her burger as tasty as I found mine, although the batter on the fish had gone slightly soft as expected from the slaw. The slaw was nice and crunchy, quite light in flavour and refreshing.
When perusing the menu after this event, I was surprised to see that on the take-away menu there’s the wagyu burger for a mere $10. Whether the wagyu burger is the same burger that I ate in the restaurant I’m yet to find out, but I have no doubt that I’ll be going back there to pick up a burger some time! After telling a colleague, he went and got the Pulled Pork Burger with House Barbeque Sauce, and he says he hasn’t tasted anything better in his life. So naturally, the week after when I hadn’t brought lunch, I immediately went over to get it.
Soft damper roll, meltingly tender and juicy pulled pork lathered in a smooth barbeque sauce, and a refreshingly crunchy slaw and scatter of mixed lettuce leaves. For a mere $10, this baby is an absolute bargain.
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Sydney NSW 2000
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