Raw anything is terribly de rigeur, no? Raw salads, raw breakfasts, raw living. Besides the awful-hipster approach to life, raw food can actually be delicious, especially when fish is involved as I recently discovered with Clapham High Street's Mommi.
Clapham's Nikkei offering
The bar-come-restaurant describes itself as nikkei-cuisine. For those who don't know, it's a fusion of Asian-meets-Latin American food, also known as my absolute favourite.
Sashimi is familiar is Japanese culture, whilst ceviche is a classic in Peru, (and Ecuador). The nikkei explosion occurred when Japanese diaspora made home in Peru and began combining their culinary styles with Peruvian flavours. Nikkei emerged and it tastes so damn good.
So, Mommi calls itself a nikkei bar, cool. After indulging in two courses and sharing my friends, Mommi definitely deserves that title; the food was a mix of fresh citrus flavours.
I enjoyed the tuna ceviche and salmon tridato, whilst my friends wolfed down the butter-soft beef, pull-apart pork, turbot and prawns.
We also shared a side of sweet potato chips, which were perfect for sharing. After enjoying our mains we decided to peruse the dessert menu. I wasn't particularly hungry, but, as the evening had already gone this way, I was up for sharing something sweet.
The menu had a plethora of desserts, from cheesecake to ice cream, but as soon as I spotted the churros I knew I wanted them. Admittedly the portion of churros were a meagre two, and even between two that's stingy, but they were placed in a cup full of chocolate mousse - win!
But Mommi isn't just a cool bar-restaurant on Clapham High Street, it also features little art exhibitions and shows, interviews with artists who discuss their inspiration, where their talent comes from and why they make art.