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Mr Momo

Nestled in the heart of Mimico, our neighbourhood, is a culinary gem known as Mr Momo, a cozy restaurant that embodies the essence of Tibetan and Hakka cuisine. Meet Karma Norgyal, the friendly and charismatic owner whose passion for food and hospitality shines through in every aspect of his restaurant.

Recently, we had a chance to catch up with Karma to learn more about his path to being a restaurateur and what Mr Momo is all about. Awarded one of James Maloney’s GEMS of Etobicoke, Mr Momo has become a beloved establishment in our Mimico community. At Mr Momo, Karma and his family craft traditional recipes that have been lovingly passed down through four generations, ensuring that each dish is a true taste of heritage and culture.

Specializing in the art of momo-making, Mr Momo offers a delightful array of dumplings and other dishes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. Join us as we explore the rich flavors and warm hospitality that define Mr Momo and make it a cherished part of our Mimico community.

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Q: Can you tell us about the origins of your business? Was there a pivotal moment or experience in your life that inspired or influenced your decision to start this business?

A: Well it’s a family business, my sister, my brother-in-law, we are all in the business. We looked for four years and there was no Tibetan momos around this area so we thought this location would be perfect for us. We wanted to bring our cuisine to the community.

Q: Could you describe a typical day running your business?

A: Usually my hours are very fixed 12pm-9:30pm, Friday and weekends we are very busy, especially in the summer, we often don’t even have a chance to eat lunch. We often come in earlier to prep and be able to have fresh momos as the orders come in so people don’t have to wait. You should see what a hectic day looks like!

Q: How do you find most people discover your business?

A: Mainly word of mouth, and when we were new Blog TO really helped us and brought us a lot of exposure. People were coming from Hamilton, Kitchener, Niagara. They would say “We saw your blog on BlogTO, your videos” and it got crazy!  People were driving 2-3 hours just to try our momos. The best part is when they say it’s worth the drive.

Q: How do you use social media and online platforms to connect with your customers?

A: So, we have our own app and we have a company that manages that along with our social media that helps us a lot.

Mr Momo

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start a community-based business?

A: Make sure you do your homework before you get into business. You should look at rent especially, rent is getting very high now. That and the kind of food you are bringing to the community, don’t do the same thing others are already doing. Have your own things that differentiate you and sets you apart from others. Our sauces for instance make us very special and are unique to us. On instagram people have said “One of the best Afghani Malai in the city” that puts us in a different category.

Q: What keeps you going and inspires you to grow?

A: The customers are really what keeps us going.  Their support, loyalty and also their suggestions! They bring us new ideas. Also, we are inspired to deliver consistency, we want the taste and quality to always remain the same. We aspire to make the dishes perfect. We also love how people feel like they are having a welcoming experience, an atmosphere of enjoyment when they come here.

Q: Can you share a fun or surprising fact about yourself that people might not know?

A: When people leave messages or reviews, they call me “Uncle”.

Q: If you could magically transport your business anywhere in the world for a day, where would you choose and why?

A: Florida. I was 23 back in Nepal, I met a man from Montreal who lived in Florida and he gave me they idea to start a momos in Florida.  You can make a lot of money with a restaurant there and people are happy…and you’re on the beach!

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Karma at Mr Momo

2453 LAKE SHORE BLVD WEST (MIMICO)

MON: 2 pm-9:30 pm
TUE: 11 am-9:30 pm
WED: CLOSED
THURS-SAT: 11 am-9:30 pm
SUN: 12:30 pm-9:30 pm

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