The Who: A foodie outpost from Brooklyn, this Japanese tapas spot is running a pop-up at the Mondrian South Beach through October. The Momo team is working with Mondrian executive chef Dustin Atoigue (Katsuya).
The Space: Located in the cocktail bar/sushi bar end of the lobby which is also known as Sunset Lounge. Blond wood tables and mod white chairs dress up the white-on-white lobby overlooking the pool deck.
The Dishes: Modern Japanese. The opening menu is a bit “curated” (read: limited) but features small plates and a variety of nigiri and sashimi. Prices run from $7 to $15 for sushi and $21 to $32 for larger cooked mains.
Start off with sushi “bombs” — rice balls with toppings like yellowfin tuna with wasabi cream sauce or unagi with cucumber and eel sauce. Soba noodles with snap peas and zucchini can be had warm or cold (go for the warm) while larger mains include black cod, seared salmon and teriyaki strip steak.
There are traditional rolls, like a Dragon with BBQ eel and avocado, and a Kani made with crab, mango, avocado and mayo. Vegetarians can enjoy three maki options loaded with everything from crimini and shiitake mushrooms, sweet soy sauce and avocado to chopped organic vegetables, homemade tofu cream cheese and shiso.
Desserts are simple: Key lime tarts and chocolate lava cake.
The Bottom Line: Innovative sushi with great vegetarian options land in the Mondrian’s sleek lobby.