Mint Group to open restaurant and bar fusing Latin and Japanese

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Bar and club operator Mint Group is set to unveil a new restaurant and bar that combines Japanese and South American flavours in both its food and drink.

Mommi is due to open in the former site of Belgo restaurant and bar in Clapham High Street, south London, in June, described as a “Japanese-Latin Raw Bar + Grill”.

It will cover 2,750 square feet with 85 covers, offering a “market-style” menu of small plates made for sharing, focused on Japanese and Latin influences and techniques, developed under executive chef Paul Sowden.

Alongside cocktails, drinks will include Japanese craft beers, such as Sapporo and Hitachino Pale Ale, and house-infused Pisco Sours, and a selection of sake. It will also have an in-house sugar-cane juicer, supplying traditional, all-natural cane juice – said to be a first for London.

The list of South American wines will all have the same price, encouraging diners to experiment and match different varieties with their chosen dishes.

It will be the sixth site for Mint Group which operates a diverse portfolio ranging from live music venue Koko in Camden and nightclub Infernos in Clapham to Mary Janes in the City, Elk Bar in Fulham and Bison & Bird in Clapham.

Music will be a key feature of Mommi, with playlists curated by Ross Clarke, the co-founder of music festival Lovebox, as well as specialist DJs set to take up residence.

Interiors are by US-based Mister Important Design which has worked on projects around the world including California such as W hotel in San Diego, Gitane restaurant in San Francisco and Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs.

Mommi will have a distinct “rough yet elegant” urban street style rooted in the cities the cuisine draws upon, fitted out with hospitality interiors specialist Andy Thornton Contracts.

World-renowned photographer Ben Watts, brother of British actor Naomi Watts, will exhibit for the first time in the UK with an exclusive collection of his photography on display throughout the venue. Acclaimed Melbourne-based street artist Rone will create a bespoke mural.

The restaurant will specialise in raw vegetable and fish dishes in the style of ceviche and Nikkei chirashi sushi. Signature hot dishes, some of which are cooked on a Robata grill, will include sea bass with sweet potato, olive oil, choclo corn, burnt yuzu dressing and red amaranth.

Other dishes will be pork belly with sweet potato and salsa criolla sanguche, and shrimp and mushroom salad with spicy lemon dressing and Japanese purple potato salad.

Dishes will be priced from £3 to £12 with most of the menu being gluten and dairy-free. Weekend brunch will include Latin-infused breakfast classics with a twist from 10am to 3pm.

A spokesperson for The Mint Group said: “Drawing on the vibrancy of Miami, the upbeat rhythm of South America and the refinement of Japan, Mommi aims to bring a fresh and unique destination restaurant to the heart of Clapham.

“Having three venues already in south-west London, we understand the local market and are excited to bring a bold, new restaurant and late-night venue to the area.”

Mommi will be open from 5pm until 11pm from Monday to Wednesday, midday until late on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10am until late on Saturdays and Sundays.

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