If “boutique buffet” is a thing, this is it
Eschewing the multiple cuisine-spanning approach, MoMo Café is proof that when it comes to premium international all-you-can-eat buffet dining, bigger is not always better.
Besides the delightfully alliterated couplet of a name, the cozy, 60-seat dining room—located in the Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista—is endowed with a tasteful modern design inside, while the uncomplicated, street-access entry means no lifts, escalators, or cascading stairways to navigate. And despite being only steps from busy North Sathorn Road, MoMo Café is at heart a denizen of the increasingly lively, pub-speckled Soi Suan Plu precinct in which is it resides.
The compact buffet selection hits the mark for both quality and taste satisfaction, and value for money, by focusing on expertly prepared, surefire-favourite dishes featuring top-grade meats and fish, along with a menu of mains prepared at your request. In addition, the 6pm to 10pm dining period gives one the equivalent of half the average workday to relax and savour every bite between return trips to the serving line, while the time-spanning daily Happy Hour offers Buy One-Get One Free cocktails from 5pm to 9pm, making a visit here a reasonably priced dine-out experience.
MoMo Café is making its popular Friday to Sunday night Surf & Turf Buffet (B899++ per person) even better with some seriously tasty new additions, and throughout March yellowfin tuna is the star of the rotating roster of featured fare. Populating the buffet’s lighter-fare precinct are salad veggies and fixins’, assorted canapés and dainties, market-fresh sashimi and sushi rolls, and fresh seafood with sauces. A line-up of hot-dish offerings beckons, with the aromas of house specialties like our favourites, Hazelnut Encrusted Seabass and Chicken with Mizo Glaze, while exploratory samplings of the Roasted Pepper Pork Loin-Prune Sauce and cheesy-good Baked Potato Pot proved well-taken.
But the real star of this bounteous feed is the “cooked-to-order” selection, which includes a new feature-ingredient every three months. Putting in an order for the Japanese Wagyu Steak, we received two gorgeous slices of sear-crusted, rare-cooked beef, melt-in-mouth tender and served with some very nice spinach croquette-balls, while the equally succulent New Zealand Lamb Chop arrived plated with a classic pair-up of mashed potato and gravy. The featured Yellowfin Tuna Steak with balsamic sauce is appetizingly grill-striped, flavourful and fresh, with a spicy corn salsa keeping the tongue on its toes.
This elite pescado also makes most welcomed appearances in appetizers like Tuna Tartare with Rice Cracker, Spicy Tuna Roll, and Nam Prik Pla Tuna, along with hot dishes like Crab and Tuna Fried Rice, and Poached Tuna in Chili-Wasabe Lime.
The cooked-to-order menu presentations are impressive and the preparation spot-on, and the appetizer-scale portions are well-suited for weekend buffet dining. And in keeping with the restaurant’s let’s-drop-in-for-a-bite/friendly-neighbourhood-diner vibe, here there’s no rush.
By Chris Micheal
Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista
1, Sathorn Soi 3 (Soi Suan Plu)
Tel: 02 343 6789
Surf & Turf Buffet: Fri-Sun, 6pm-10pm