[UPDATE] The restaurant has changed its name to Uncle Momo.
Uncle Moustache in Montclair might not be the first place you think of when you’re looking for burgers. In fact, we weren’t really thinking burgers when we went there. We just wanted hummus and falafel before we went out for the night. But, with May being National Burger Month and all we figured we should check the burger out just because. Guess what? It’s really good!
It’s called Momo’s Burger. Roasted tomatoes and onions on top of a sirloin burger that’s super juicy and flavorful. What you can’t see until you look at the second picture is the creamy chopped salad mixture under the burger. Yum! It was kind of like an herbaceous cole slaw and it added lots of vegetable flavor to the hearty meat and more juicyness to each bite. We were so surprised to find this terrific burger!
Of course, we also had some items that we came to the Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant for. The hummus was delicious and the pitas are handmade in front of you by a baker right in the dining room. The pitas are all pillowy and warm when they come to the table and they are light as a feather with a little crispness to stand up to dipping into hummus.
You can see the oven right in the back left corner in the picture above. You can also see how cute it is inside. Adorable decor and neat antiques are everywhere you look.
The falafel sandwich was so light and crispy that I almost didn’t recognize it. Maybe it was the freshly baked pita or the extra crispy falafel but this was probably the best I’ve ever had. Sometimes falafel sandwiches can be so dense and filling that you don’t want anything else afterward. Not so with this one. Each bite was light and crispy. I could taste the fresh veggies and it also wasn’t laden with extra goopy tahini.
While we were eating our first meal there, we saw lots of other customers getting the “pitzas.” Different combinations of pizza-type toppings on the freshly baked pitas looked amazing but smelled even better coming out of the oven. We came back the next week to try some.
The Moustache Pitza is pretty traditional with tomato and mozzarella but they also add a mix of red bell peppers, onions, chilis and parsley which makes it have almost a light Bruschetta kind of flavor. I wish I could get all my pizzas with this blend of spicy vegetables. The pita crust gets a little crispier with the extra time in the oven but it retains its really light texture.
The Chicken Pitza had no cheese or tomatoes and came with lemon-marinated chicken chunks, garlic, red bell peppers, scallions and parsley. Who knew that parsley on pizza would be so good? The lemon flavor from the chicken along with the slightly citrusy parsley was delicious against the crispy pita and heavier garlic, peppers and scallions. They have several other Pitzas that we want to go back and try, too. A seafood topped Pitza with shrimp and scallops is tops on our list for next time. We’ve also heard great things about their brunch menu. Clearly, we need to get back to Uncle Moustache and his delicious menu more often. And, so should you!
702 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
Monday: 3 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
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