May 26, 2016

Recently opened, Mo’mor Izakaya has taken over the space previously occupied by Maca, and is helmed by chef and owner Martin Woo.

Mo’mor Izakaya serves a blend of European and Japanese cuisine. The menu is quite extensive which includes tapas or small plates, main courses, pasta, sides, greens and desserts.  There is also a choice of two very affordable set lunches priced at $15++ and $18++.

Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Tempura Sauce & Grated Radish

Decor wise, it is a no-frills set up in the main dining area which is air-conditioned. Seating capacity is about 36 and there is also an outdoor dining cum bar with rotating fans to beat the heat.

The tapas section is divided into 3 sections: seafood, meat and raw & cured. If you’re uncertain about what to order, the friendly serving staff will offer their recommendations. The deep fried soft shell crab with tempura sauce and grated radish ($14) is a popular choice. The crab served was crispy with no traces of oil oozing out and was tasty enough to be eaten on its own without any sauce.

Salmon Sashimi Cured with Granny Smith Apple

Granny Smith apple cured salmon sashimi with yuzu gel, pickled cucumber and olive oil caviar ($16) was surprisingly refreshing. Instead of the usual wasabi and sauce dip for the salmon sashimi, you pair it with the yuzu gel, which keeps your palate light with the right amount of acidity.

Another popular tapas meat dish is the grilled Iberico pork jowl with pickled apple ($12). I could taste the smoky pork jowl from my very first bite, and the pickled apple enhanced the smokiness of the meat.

Instead of ordering sides, the serving staff strongly suggested that I try the roasted cauliflower ($8) which came with goma sauce, sesame seed and togarashi. I particularly liked how the cauliflower was roasted several times under different temperatures, with some charred bits on the outside. That aside, the goma sauce made the cauliflower texturally richer that added to the flavour profile.

Black Angus Grain Fed 250g Ribeye

For mains, the black Angus grain fed ribeye 250g served with natural jus, shredded cabbage and onion confit ($38) was nicely charred but the tenderness of the meat was a little on the tough side.

If you want some carbs, the jumbo crab meat linguine with garlic, tomato and kombu ($29) was a satisfying filler.

There weren’t many options for desserts. Between the Lavender pudding which came with caramelized pineapple and coconut ice cream ($13) and the yuzu sabayon with oba leaf ice cream and raspberry crisp and crumbles ($14), the former turned out to be a winner. The slightly warm pudding with ice cream was like a comforting hug.

Lavendar Pudding with Caramelized Pineapple and Coconut Ice Cream

Due to the shortage of manpower, most wait staff in restaurants were too busy taking orders and serving the customers. AtMo’mor Izakaya, the serving staff are not only friendly but engaged in conversations with the customers. They talked to patrons like old friends although it was my first visit. With such reasonably priced, I wouldn’t mind returning soon.

Tanglin Post Office #B1-01, 56 Tanglin Rd

Operating Hours:
Daily: 11 am – 11 pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11 am to 1 am (Friday and Saturday)