Written by: Steve Stover
Date: November 2, 2018
Nepali and Tibetan dumpling house Momo Ghar, which means dumpling house, has taken Columbus by storm and garnered important local and national attention.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives featured the two-year-old eatery in January. Food and Wine Magazine included a prominent reference to Momo Ghar in a February feature entitled “This Midwest City is Stealing a Lot of Great Talent from New York and California.” The May 2018 cover of Columbus Monthly featured “Momo Madness,” noting that “Restauranteur Phuntso Lama is garnering national attention for her Nepalese dumplings.”
Momo Ghar opened first in the Saraga International Grocery on Morse Road near I-71. We visited its second, North Market location on a Saturday morning and Momo Ghar Market was already bustling, mostly with carryout orders.
We grabbed two counter stools and watched the staff make dozens of dumplings by hand, rolling out the dough, stuffing it with chopped chicken, pork, potato or vegetables, then steaming the dumplings and topping them with a spicy sauce and cilantro.
We shared an order of jhol (chicken) momo (8 pieces, $9.50) and Tibetan momo (8 pieces, $9.50), both cooked just right, with a lively tomato-based sauce. The vegan naan bread was a delicious way to sop up the sauce. The menu includes potato and vegetable momo. You can mix and match.
The Saraga Market is worth a visit for a wide array of international food products. Momo Ghar operates more as a full-service restaurant with seating for 12.
Momo Ghar is a delightful addition to the Columbus restaurant scene, with wonderful dumplings that offer an introduction to the food of the Himalayas – Nepal and Tibet. Try it soon.
Saraga International Grocery
Columbus, OH 43229
Momo Ghar Facebook page
Open daily except Wednesday 11am – 8pm
Momo Ghar Market
59 Spruce Street
Columbus, OH 43215