We were excited to recieve an invitation to visit and review Momo Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu on Little Bourke street in Melbourne CBD. This little hot pot place is local to us, and it is so fantastic to discover new places nearby.
The restaurant is part of the Gyoza Gyoza group of restaurants, and shares its space with a Gyoza Gyoza store.
Dimly lit, and with rustic industial style interiors, Momo is a moody den to spend a few hours surrounding a bubbling hot pot with friends & family.
Staff were friendly, and attentive. They kept checking on us through out lunch, topping up our soup, making sure the pot was bubbling away and telling us about the different cuts of meat and marbling grades.
Before the dishes were served, we got to create a special meat dipping sauce made up of various sauces and toppings – the Shabu sauce was a sticky sweet soy, and tasted delicious, so I used that – I popped in some sesame seeds and chopped spring onion to complete my masterpiece. :p
We ordered some drinks – the iced matcha topped with matcha/houjicha swirl soft serve ($5) was yummy. The matcha drink was a bit weak but the softserve made up for it – it had a nice tea flavour, not too bitter/not too sweet. The honey yuzu iced tea ($4.8) was spot on in flavour.
The drinks looked so cute!
We ordered some wafu salad ($7.5) to start, and while it looked pretty, it sadly wasn’t amazing. It was a bit limp, and weirdly came with a swirl of mayonnaise.
Sashimi ($7.5) was our second course, which was also presented beautifully. Look at that cute wasabi leaf! However, the fish tasted dry, which we thought was strange for sashimi.
Sometimes a place which specialises in a type of food, really shines in just that dish! This is a restaurant to order what the place specialises in: Shabu Shabu, because it is awesome.
We chose two soup bases: spicy miso and yuzu konbu ($25). Each came with a selection of veggies, as you can see below: gorgeous enoki mushrooms, radish, cabbage, and fungi. Staff refill the soup throughout your time eating at the restaurant, so that the pot never goes dry.
The soups tasted great, but we did not taste any yuzu in the konbu soup base, and the spicy miso tasted like kimchi to us, rather than miso. We love kimchi and spice, so that broth was our favourite.
We ordered some extra things to dip into the soup: asparagus ($7) and some wonderfully marbled wagyu beef scotch ($28.50) & shank beef ($18) as well.
Look at the marbling! You dip the meat into the soup broth for 10 seconds and then voila: melt in mouth goodness! Dipping the meat into the extra sauces after the soup was also fun : lots of different flavours to try.
We really loved the Shabu Shabu experience, sharing the veggies and meat, slurping soup, trying veggies at different stages of cooking, it was a really interactive and enjoyable lunch.
We were so full afterwards! Like woah. So much yummy food.
However, I somehow had space to fit in a matcha/houjicha swirl soft serve because I loved it so much in the matcha drink. 😍
Overall, Momo Sukiyaki & Shabu Shabu is a great spot for a hot pot style lunch or dinner. Prices are reasonable for the portions and everything is presented nicely.
We look forward to visiting again during the colder months – the food is comforting, delicious and warming.
Thank you to Momo Sukiyaki for inviting us to try the menu.