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Momoda

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Cuisine: Chinese, Contemporary, Street Food
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35

Go big and bold with a meal at Momoda, which serves Chinese street food with a cheeky contemporary twist.

Momoda is Chinese slang for ‘mwah’ and it’s impossible not to fall in love with the industrial chic vibe and buzzy energy of this hip little hideaway.

Tuck into salmon tartare from the raw bar, market-fresh shellfish, mouthwatering meat dishes, filling rice bowls and an excellent selection of salads, pickles and vegetarian stir-frys.

Stand out dishes include ox cheek braised for 14-hours and Peking pig ear with prune vinegar, although when the food is this packed with authentic flavours, you can’t go far wrong.

An enormous drinks list is equally satisfying. Stay local with a selection of New World wines, or be whisked away to China with an Oriental-inspired cocktail. Our order is the Leng Lui, a fragrant blend of elderflower, vodka, lavender and lychee liqueur.

Their sister restaurant, Wild Duck, is more formal but equally delicious.

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Momoda
Ground Floor, 39-47 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra 2601

Open Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
Thursday - Saturday 12pm - 12am
Sunday Closed

Phone: +61 62629814

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Momoda is a restaurant I will return to. The food was delicious. Service was excellent. I will definitely go again. Probably the most delicious pork belly I have ever eaten. Five star review!

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Rossy Bailetti

The best dim sims I have ever tasted, unique Asian fusion flavours, flavourful tastings in their “Feed Me” menu. Definitely not your typical Chinese meal, more of a gourmet sensation. Will be returning to try out some other menu offerings.

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Delicious! Out of our group of 4 none of us could chose a favourite dish because we loved everything served to us. Very attentive servers too

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Carolyn Ludovici

A family celebration; we went for the banquet which suited everyone, all the dishes were of great quality - the eggplant was sweet and delicious, and a dish with a twist - the cheeseburger dumpling- yummo. Kids loved the mocktails and the Momoda beer was crisp and light, a perfect match to the meal.

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We had a delicious meal, and a lovely night. The wild mushroom bun, the pulled duck bun and the salt and pepper squid were all sensational. The barramundi was my favourite. Thanks Momoda.

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Service was excellent. Food was really good, I'll be back.

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Jilly Roberts

Great food and atmosphere. Fist time at Momoda and keen to come back. We had the ‘feed me’ banquet and would highly recommend.

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Chantel Legge

Beautiful restaurant, friendly attentive staff, amazing food.

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Chelle Foley

You just have to try Momoda's incredibly stylish gastromic delights! Flavours that burst in your mouth. Such an amazing dining experience a must-do for canberrans.

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A fine example of a Chinese Contemporary food. Our meal was delicious with excellent staff service. In a great location for a nice meal before going to the theatre. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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Absolutely delicious food with seamless service - thank you for such a lovely evening.

The crispy skin barramundi was our favourite, followed by the special fried rice with prawns and scallops. Actually the scallop entree was so beautiful - that might be the favourite! I can’t choose.

We had a wonderful dinner and looking forward to the next feast.

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Luke Hall

Food and service were exceptional. We had a fantastic evening.

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聪 聂

Great food,strongly recommend the lamb rib. Will definitely revisit.

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Michael Delbridge

Cheese burger dumplings, kangaroo spring rolls, soft shell crab, Need I say more? No but I will, such an amazing fusion of flavours great selection of cocktails and if that wasn’t enough some of the best spicy chicken wings you’ll ever have!!

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Impeccable food and service. We had the deluxe feed me for 2 ppl and it was plenty! Drinks are made really well - the mocktail was lovely. Service is very attentive and helpful. We had a great experience here - highly recommend!

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Greene Vu

It was absolutely amazing and outstanding.
Highly recommend for vegan as they have heaps of vegan options and they’re all super delightful

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We enjoyed a vegetarian feast at Momoda. The cauliflower San Choi Bao and crispy eggplant were particular highlights. The staff were lovely. It was a relaxing meal, we could chat easily, without shouting to be heard.

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Sharyn Ward

The food was different to any Chinese I had tried before and it was very nice. The service was helpful with our menu choices and professional. We had the duck platter for main & it was delicious. I recommend this as a new eating experience for all to try.

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Hannah Bailey

Absolutely amazing food! Flavours all worked well together. Great service, music and vibe.

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Had a lovely evening , staff very good and the food menu quite original , very happy with everything , would highly recommend, thankyou Momoda

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We had a lovely meal at Momoda. The service was very attentive, the cocktails tasty and the food was amazing- we particularly loved the Kangaroo spring rolls and the mini Mushroom burger which had great texture and flavours. The dumplings and sauce were also zingy and the frozen ice cream divine.

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Jodie Trembath

One of Canberra's hidden gems - excellent food, attentive but unobtrusive service. A bit chilly - bring a jacket!

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Dined here on a weeknight with some friends. Food and services was fantastic (attentive but not intrusive) and I will definitely be back again. We had the peppery chicken, xinjiang lamb ribs, crispy eggplant, crispy barramundi with XO sauce and typhoon fried rice. The lamb ribs were melt in the mouth and delicious; the peppery chicken had a nice warm but not hot kick to them; and the eggplant was crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. The typhoon fried rice had lots of yummy crispy bits on top as well. The only suggestion I have is if it is winter, to ask for a table in the back room as the front room is a little cold.

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BEST. CHICKEN. EVER.

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Husband and I had the “Feed Me” set menu. Good way to try alot of their dishes. The food was great, we really enjoyed it and service was fast as well! Staff are also very friendly

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Amazing experience unique and delicious food.

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Ashlee Searle

We had the deluxe feed me and were very impressed. Although some of the serving sizes were small, by the end of the dinner we were extremely satisfied. My favourites were the mushroom bun, crispy eggplant and pork belly - they were delicious!

Our service was excellent. I would love to go back and try a few more dishes and some cocktails!

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Claire Main

The most amazing dinner I’ve had in a long time! Restaurant has a great vibe with vintage pieces on display while having a modern upbeat. Food was to die for, especially the Peppery Chicken and Double Cheeseburger Dumplings!
Can not fault this restaurant!

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Jodie Newman

Everything about Momoda was exceptionally good! We have also dined at their sister restaurant, Wild Duck, which was lovely...however, Momoda’s food, service and ambience is truly a force to be reckoned with!

We began by sharing several of their starters (the wild mushroom buns and scallops are especially awesome!!) which were all deliciously seasoned and cooked perfectly.
We paired our mains (Ox cheek and peppery chicken) and vegetable dish (stir fried greens with garlic and sesame were the best I’ve ever had) with a good quality Canberra district Sangiovese, which was also very reasonably priced. The Chinese twisted doughnut and the fried ice cream were also surprisingly delicious!

Our waiter, Alex, was also exceptionally good, being professional, gently spoken, knowledgeable and very helpful! Thank you Alex for adding to the experience of dining at Momoda...our new favourite restaurant (sorry Akiba!).

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Service was great - staff were very attentive! Recommend the crispy eggplant and their fried sesame ice cream

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Great experience. Food is amazing, so flavoursome and creative. Attentive service!

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Kym Chisholm

The restaurant is really funky and looks really sophisticated and upmarket while still being fun.

There are so many interesting appetisers it was hard to choose with kangaroo spring rolls and cheeseburger dumplings available just to name a few. We ended up getting cauliflower san choy bowl to share which was a nice starter but did not end up having anything else in the mixture which is different to any other san choy bow I've had. However, they do say its unconventional eating :)

Pork belly and lamb dan dan noodles were ordered for main with a side of chinese brocolli. This was a delicious meal and some of the best tasting lamb I have had.

Fried ice cream and chinese doughnut finished off the meal. The chinese doughnut was a rather "sticky" dessert and needed some icecream or sorbet to wash it down so my partner finished off some of my icecream.

The mains were the star of the show and super delicious. The waitstaff were nice and looked after us well. Next time we will be sure to try some more of the interesting appetisers on the menu. It is worth a visit and will be a great night out.

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Ali Williams

Wow we couldn't believe we had never been here before! Amazing food and flavours, plus some great twist on traditional Chinese. We chose to make our own feast and loved the springrolls!, Short rib and OX cheek. We will be back it was just delicious!

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We had a girls weekend to Canberra, not sure of any restaurants there it’s always a lucky dip. Wow we got the jack pot with Momoda. We were greeted with a friendly welcome and shown our seat. The ambience was calming and quite, perfect for our catch up. We ordered the duck bun( best entree, tempted to order another), fungi spring roll, pork and chive dumplings, bokchoy and cabbage dumplings, lotus chips and cauliflower san Choy bowl.
After all of this, how can it get better?
Slow cooked Ox Cheek and spatchcock !! The flavours were spot on and cemented the positive night we were having.
We definitely will recommend to friends in Sydney travelling to Canberra !

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Nola Maybury

Momoda offers a really different menu and our table of 4 couldn't agree on the most favourite item of the night as there were so many, like Mongolian style kangaroo spring roll, Kingbrown mushroom bun, Black pepper softshell crab, the Double cheeseburger dumpling (was a lot of fun) and Mung bean dessert. The Feed Me menus offer a great selection of the menu items. Food is full of different flavours and textures. The staff were friendly and attentive. We would all definitely recommend it.

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Momoda is a consistently pleasant experience. The food is amazing and the service is always fantastic. Attentive smiling and welcoming staff who obviously take pride in what they do.

The menu has a lovely range of options, and no matter what you pick you can always count on it being mouth watering.

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Nice atmosphere, yummy food!

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Great experience on a rainy date night. Opted for our own menu options rather than the banquet. Everything was great. May need more time between dishes but still a delight to dine there. Very nice atmosphere.

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The best Asian food I have eaten in Canberra.

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Great food and excellent service. Went for the banquet and it didn’t disappoint. The entrees are especially divine - simple little things done right - how Dim Sum supposed to be. The only dish that could be improved upon was the Chinese mixed green stir fry which lacks the harmony with all the other dishes.

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Momoda is a restaurant I will return to. The food was delicious. Service was excellent. I will definitely go again. Probably the most delicious pork belly I have ever eaten. Five star review!

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Susanne Gross

Delicious food that our four-year-old loved, too. Attentive but not pushy service.

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Very attentive, courteous and engaging waiter. Food was spot on and the cider was good.
Thanks again see you soon

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Very attentive, courteous and engaging waiter. Food was spot on and the cider was good.
Thanks again see you soon

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Rossy Bailetti

The best dim sims I have ever tasted, unique Asian fusion flavours, flavourful tastings in their “Feed Me” menu. Definitely not your typical Chinese meal, more of a gourmet sensation. Will be returning to try out some other menu offerings.

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Really recommend the feed me, delicious food and it's great to try so many things on the menu!

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We had the $79pp “feed me” menu.
Really glad we had first table booking, as it would not be worth the full price. The food was tasty enough, but fell short when compared to other similar “feed me” menus around Canberra
Also felt like a long wait between each dish.

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Delicious! Out of our group of 4 none of us could chose a favourite dish because we loved everything served to us. Very attentive servers too

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Carolyn Ludovici

A family celebration; we went for the banquet which suited everyone, all the dishes were of great quality - the eggplant was sweet and delicious, and a dish with a twist - the cheeseburger dumpling- yummo. Kids loved the mocktails and the Momoda beer was crisp and light, a perfect match to the meal.

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We had a delicious meal, and a lovely night. The wild mushroom bun, the pulled duck bun and the salt and pepper squid were all sensational. The barramundi was my favourite. Thanks Momoda.

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Great experience. Food is amazing & so creative.
Service was great.
Staff were very attentive.
Highly recommended. We sure will be back.

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Nice atmosphere, attentive waiters, good food. We had the dan dan noodles, ox cheeks and lamb ribs. All were yummy and the serving sizes were very generous. We will definitely come back.

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Service was excellent. Food was really good, I'll be back.

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Jilly Roberts

Great food and atmosphere. Fist time at Momoda and keen to come back. We had the ‘feed me’ banquet and would highly recommend.

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Jess Pantinople

The food was so delicious and the waiter was so lovely

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Chantel Legge

Beautiful restaurant, friendly attentive staff, amazing food.

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Chelle Foley

You just have to try Momoda's incredibly stylish gastromic delights! Flavours that burst in your mouth. Such an amazing dining experience a must-do for canberrans.

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Kylie Caesar

Really great food and attentive service. With all the dishes sounding great, and 4 of us ready to break our diet, the menu had us lost for choice!!
We pretty much ordered half the menu. Entrees - cheeseburger dumplings (exactly that), pulled pork bun (slider heaven), and kangaroo spring rolls (next level awesome). Mains - twice cooked lamb ribs (slow then deep fried) a generous serving and very moorish, whilst ‘fatty’ the cooking technique broke the fat down so that it was creamy. Pork belly - sticky sweet and a drier style belly; Soft shell crab black pepper was good; and the ox cheek was tender (although I wished I had some salt to draw out the gamey flavoring). We couldn’t decide on a rice, but went the DanDan noodles (which I recommmend as the were a meal in themselves). And as we were now following full, dessert was missed (next time).
With Our food, it was definitely on a sweet/salty base - all the main dishes were on the sweet side. Next time I would try other things to gauge if this is the style of cuisine. Seriously though, this was a truly excellent experience.

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Grace W

Service was attentive although a bit cold - they were always there to take your order but not very friendly or talkative at all (said like 2 words). Food was alright, some things were better than others! Some were underwhelming keeping in mind the real price. Glad I could try it out, and I think it might be better for lunch!

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A fine example of a Chinese Contemporary food. Our meal was delicious with excellent staff service. In a great location for a nice meal before going to the theatre. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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Absolutely delicious food with seamless service - thank you for such a lovely evening.

The crispy skin barramundi was our favourite, followed by the special fried rice with prawns and scallops. Actually the scallop entree was so beautiful - that might be the favourite! I can’t choose.

We had a wonderful dinner and looking forward to the next feast.

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Luke Hall

Food and service were exceptional. We had a fantastic evening.

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聪 聂

Great food,strongly recommend the lamb rib. Will definitely revisit.

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Michael Delbridge

Cheese burger dumplings, kangaroo spring rolls, soft shell crab, Need I say more? No but I will, such an amazing fusion of flavours great selection of cocktails and if that wasn’t enough some of the best spicy chicken wings you’ll ever have!!

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Impeccable food and service. We had the deluxe feed me for 2 ppl and it was plenty! Drinks are made really well - the mocktail was lovely. Service is very attentive and helpful. We had a great experience here - highly recommend!

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Greene Vu

It was absolutely amazing and outstanding.
Highly recommend for vegan as they have heaps of vegan options and they’re all super delightful

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We enjoyed a vegetarian feast at Momoda. The cauliflower San Choi Bao and crispy eggplant were particular highlights. The staff were lovely. It was a relaxing meal, we could chat easily, without shouting to be heard.

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Sharyn Ward

The food was different to any Chinese I had tried before and it was very nice. The service was helpful with our menu choices and professional. We had the duck platter for main & it was delicious. I recommend this as a new eating experience for all to try.

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Denise Chang

Great first visit. On the whole, the food quality and taste were great, but we thought a couple of dishes missed their mark.

Pros: Interesting menu, prompt service. For our party of 4, First Tables saved us $110.
Cons: The place was cold! For 5pm seating, the venue needs to start heating the space earlier in cool weather. A few hits and misses with dishes.

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Food was great but sadly had a misunderstanding re drinks. Sadly won’t be going back but the food is great.

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Hannah Bailey

Absolutely amazing food! Flavours all worked well together. Great service, music and vibe.

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Had a lovely evening , staff very good and the food menu quite original , very happy with everything , would highly recommend, thankyou Momoda

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We had a lovely meal at Momoda. The service was very attentive, the cocktails tasty and the food was amazing- we particularly loved the Kangaroo spring rolls and the mini Mushroom burger which had great texture and flavours. The dumplings and sauce were also zingy and the frozen ice cream divine.

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Tae Young Cho

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Jodie Trembath

One of Canberra's hidden gems - excellent food, attentive but unobtrusive service. A bit chilly - bring a jacket!

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Food was definitely something different from the usual chinese food! We ordered the peppery chicken, ox cheek, lamb ribs, barramundi fillet, crispy eggplant and fried ice-cream for 4 adults and 1 toddler. Was definitely a bit too much. 4 dishes + 1 dessert would have been enough.

Lamb ribs was the standout for me, with the meet falling off the bones and the tenderness and flavours complementing well. My wife loved the barramundi fillet (smaller portion). Peppery chicken was tasty but a bit overfried so a little dry. Ox cheek was a big portion relative to the rest and quite tasty but nothing outstanding (coming from a Malaysian background and cooking my fair share of curry at home, so might have higher standards than others). Crispy eggplant was my mother-in-law's favourite, with a light crispy skin and soft inside. Eggplant presentation was a bit disappointing relative to the others, though. Some additional colour would've helped. Having had good fried ice-cream in Asia, the fried ice-cream was pretty appalling.The batter was too thick and wasn't warm/hot upon serving. It wasn't crispy too. Definitely wouldn't order that one again.

Would we go back again? Definitely not without any deals.

Would we recommend someone to go? Not top on our list and as long as the person(s) will not compare with the options in Sydney/Melbourne, maybe we would suggest.

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Really tasty food and happy to get the discount.

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Daniel Bdski

This was our first, first table experience and we weren’t disappointed. We dined at Momoda in Canberra, which is Asian with a modern twist. We had no issues when it came to using first table or through the restaurant. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking about giving it a go! Dan.

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Dined here on a weeknight with some friends. Food and services was fantastic (attentive but not intrusive) and I will definitely be back again. We had the peppery chicken, xinjiang lamb ribs, crispy eggplant, crispy barramundi with XO sauce and typhoon fried rice. The lamb ribs were melt in the mouth and delicious; the peppery chicken had a nice warm but not hot kick to them; and the eggplant was crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. The typhoon fried rice had lots of yummy crispy bits on top as well. The only suggestion I have is if it is winter, to ask for a table in the back room as the front room is a little cold.

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BEST. CHICKEN. EVER.

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Husband and I had the “Feed Me” set menu. Good way to try alot of their dishes. The food was great, we really enjoyed it and service was fast as well! Staff are also very friendly

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Louise Woodward

Great food, good service

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Amazing experience unique and delicious food.

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Ashlee Searle

We had the deluxe feed me and were very impressed. Although some of the serving sizes were small, by the end of the dinner we were extremely satisfied. My favourites were the mushroom bun, crispy eggplant and pork belly - they were delicious!

Our service was excellent. I would love to go back and try a few more dishes and some cocktails!

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