The Japanese-inspired eatery reopens with a new focus.
Most people know Tjing Tjing House in Longmarket Street for its rooftop bar and Japanese streetfood eatery, Torii. The building is also home to award-winning Momiji, a tranquil and understated space where the talented kitchen team fully express their creativity and personalities.
In light of Covid-19 lockdowns and curfews, the Tjing Tjing team used their downtime to conceive Mochi Mochi, their Japanese pastry shop that trades as a pop-up collaboration with Molten Toffee the coffee shop, right next door. This launch, a little more than a year ago, has been a great success, as its quirky informality and quick service suited the needs of the time.
Similarly, given the impracticality and inappropriateness of a lengthy 12-course kaiseki menu during a pandemic, the team adapted Momiji’s dining concept. While the ethos of the original Momiji remains, this season’s offering is a more informal and concise (and therefore cheaper) Japanese dining experience, aiming for something that is more accessible.
A laidback summer menu
Momiji’s new summer menu is a chance to experience the best of what Torii and Mochi Mochi have to offer, in a date-night appropriate space where you can reserve a table. The menu features items such as sashimi with buchu-pickled ginger, Wagyu tsukune, onigiri and dashi course celebrating rice and pickles, as well as a delectable dessert plate including mochi, shu cream and the now well-known Momiji Kitto Katsu.
The new summer set menu is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from December 2021 to February 2022 and costs R425 per person. Reservations are essential. Pescatarian and vegetarian versions of the menu are available and need to be requested at the time of booking.
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