After several weeks of anticipation, Nepalese dumpling stand Momo Cha is ready to open up shop in Cass Corridor. The restaurant operated by chef Anjani Lama and Louisa Ainsworth announced on social media today that it will debut inside the Detroit Shipping Company food hall at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 21.
Momo Cha is one of only a handful of restaurants in the region serving Nepalese cuisine. The food stall specializes in small dumplings called momos as well as Nepalese dishes such as sekuwa (skewered and grilled meat) and dhal bhat, a dish comprised of lentils, rice, curry, and pickles. The restaurant’s dumplings come with a choice of three different fillings — chicken, pork, or veggies mixed with marinated tofu. The momos can be pan-fried, steamed, or deep-fried and customized with a choice of chutney. Most items are priced under $12.
Momo Cha is the latest restaurant to open inside the Detroit Shipping Company, which debuted last summer on Peterboro Street. The building currently houses several restaurants including Bangkok 96 Street Food, Coop, Brujo Tacos & Tapas, and -320º Coffee & Creamery. Two of the original lineup of confirmed businesses were plagued by delays, leading Windsor’s Bread Meats Bread to eventually drop out of the project. Momo Cha stepped in to take the sandwich shop’s place. Motorburger is expected to open later this year.
Momo Cha is located at 474 Peterboro St.