Written by: Steve Stover
Date: November 2, 2018

Momo Ghar Market at the North Market in Columbus

Momo Ghar Market has locations at the North Market (picture) and inside the Saraga International Grocery on Morse Road in North Columbus. Photo: Steve Stover

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.”

Yelp rates Momo Ghar #1 in Columbus and #38 in the U.S. And there’s buzz on eater.com.

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.

Momo Ghar dumplings served in a tomato-based sauce. Photo: Steve Stover

Momo Ghar dumplings served in a tomato-based sauce. Photo: Steve Stover

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.

Momo Ghar
Saraga International Grocery
Columbus, OH 43229
614-749-2901
Momo Ghar Facebook page
Open daily except Wednesday 11am – 8pm

Momo Ghar Market
North Market
59 Spruce Street
Columbus, OH 43215
614-495-MOMO (6666)