If a plate of steaming momos is comfort food for your soul, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll tell you where you can satisfy your drool-worthy dumpling cravings and dig into its veggie and meaty versions (with fillings like even cheese and chocolate!) Whether you like yours steamed or fried or sweet or savoury - Here’s a list that’ll cater to all your momo needs. Read on to find out about the best momo places in Chennai.
Cheese To Schezwan, Here's Our List Of The Best Momo Places In Town
This place is probably the most famous place in Chennai for momos. If you’re a meat-eater, drop by this little joint in Choolaimedu. They serve some killer beef momos that you can mop up with a spicy sauce. You can get either steamed or fried versions. There’s also thukpa and mokthuk and other Tibetan dishes you can try if you’re still hungry. And they’re super affordable. Just be wary of the crowds that pack this place.
Chaska Food Truck
Find this food truck on Thiruvanmiyur Beach, and sort out your momo cravings. Served nice and hot, get a plate between INR 60 and INR 110. They have vegetarian and chicken momos in Indo-Chinese flavours like Schezwan and Fried Garlic. There’s also Chicken & Veg Shyafaley (fried Tibetan flatbread). Sinking your teeth into soft, hot momos with a view of the beach — can momo-eating get better than this?
North East Kitchen
One of the few places that serve — yes — pork momos! For under INR 150, get them fried or steamed with soft succulent bits of pork and dunk them in a sweet or spicy sauce. Delicious! This small restaurant is really popular for its authentic Tibetan & North East cuisine (they even have North Eastern thalis with pork or beef), so if you want to venture into it for more than just the momos, start here in Egmore.
If you want a serving of cheesy momos, drop by this kiosk in Alwarpet. You can even get variants like cheese and corn momos, dragon chicken momos and momos floating in soups too! And you get to choose three different flavoured sauces to go with your momos. And they all cost about INR 300 for two. Try and get the assorted platter so you can try momos with different fillings. We would, however, recommend eating the momos right then and there instead of ordering them online.
If you still want more variety, drop into one of the popular WOW! Momo outlets and you’re sorted. There’s mushroom, prawn and fish fillings, and they’ve even got fried, tandoori and even a burger version! Would you try the Moburg? Also, if you like it sweet they have momos with chocolate or strawberry fillings too!
The vegetarian momos here are pretty good and for meat eaters, they have beef momos and chicken momos. These little pouches are packed with flavour (the Schezwan version is our pick). Dunk these babies in their fiery chilli sauces for an explosion of flavours. The packaging here is good and the momos are available for quick takeaways.
Nasi And Mee
This one is for all you Asian food lovers! Nasi and Mee serves some cray varieties of Singapore, Malaysian, Chinese, Asian and Thai cuisine. They offer an assortment of momo varieties too right from buttery mushroom and chestnut dumplings to steamy Prawn Har Gao dumplings - even typing this out is making us drool. Their Chicken & Prawn Sui Mai dumplings come highly recommended and so do their Szechuan Chilli Dumplings (which comes in veg and non-veg options).
This classic fine dining restaurant is a must-visit if you are a fan of Chinese cuisine. We recommend their Prawn Dumplings which burst open with flavour in the first bite. It feels like the essence of the ocean in your mouth. The buttery prawns are not overcooked but are just right and your teeth will sink right through the juicy meat!! China Town offers veg and chicken options too along with some good Sui Mai which comes in Prawn and Chicken flavours.
Olive & Basil
This restaurant is bang on the main road in Adyar. It's difficult to miss, not only for its location but also for the smell of delish Asian cooking that floats into your nostrils even when you stand just outside the door. They serve up some of the best veg and prawn momos in town (we know it's not easy to find good veg momos, but take our word for it, even non-vegetarians will come back for the veg momos here). They serve pan-fried dim sums too, and you can order their momo platter for INR 310 if you'd like to taste everything on their Momo Menu.
This restaurant demands a mention on our list. We took one look at the menu and ordered a platter because we wanted to taste everything and boy! are we glad we did! They have an assortment of momos which include Old School Gyoza dumplings which are lightly sauteed and drizzled with Gyoza sauce. Heavenly! Their Cheese and Truffle Oil dumplings too come highly recommended and you must try the prawn options they offer. You'll be grinning like a happy puppy after trying these.
So there you have it - some of the best momos in town. We know we haven’t mentioned your favourite local momo sellers on the streets, but that’s a story for another time.