Cafe Momo (Manchester, NH)

Cafe Momo in Manchester, NH is definitely one of those “why didn’t I eat here before?” sort of places. I’ve driven by Momo a couple of times, but until today didn’t bother stopping by, just adding it to “the list”. However, last month we went down to Hooksett (kinda sad that we have to drive 45 minutes to see movies in a good theater…), and afterward decided to finally give Momo a try. It also has the distinction of being one of the very few Nepalese restaurants that I’ve seen east of New York, so it’s always a pleasure delving into a new cuisine (well, I’ve had Nepalese before in St Paul, MN, but it’s been a while)

I’m glad I finally did. The place has won several awards from local press (mostly the Hippo), and some of these awards were definitely earned. The dumplings (momos) were definitely top notch, well-steamed little juicy pockets of flavors. The homemade pickles were spicy and excellent. The gundruk soup was powerfully spicy, but still flavorful.

I was a little less impressed with my entree , which was Chicken Tarkari, chicken breast drenched in almond and cashew flour veggies and topped with a tomato sauce. The vegetables were good, the spicing right, and the portion size was good. It was definitely good, but a notch below the excellent appetizers.

Overall, the flavors were excellent, the service nice, and the atmosphere cozy. Only downside was the price…. with a full dinner with apps and beverages, we were in for $70 for 2 of us, which seemed a bit high.

That said, it’s some nice flavors that we can’t get anywhere else. I’ll be back.

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