Moro

34-36 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE Directions

   Now closed Open today 12:30 - 14:45

Business overview

A 'Best Restaurant of the Year' winner at the Observer Food Monthly Awards, Moro restaurant in the Angel area of London offers a wonderful combination of the best in Moorish cuisine. With dishes spanning from the southern Mediterranean through to Northern Africa, bold and simple ingredients are combined into eclectic dishes.

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Average three-course meal price: £33

Average main-course price: £18

Spanish cuisine

Additional cuisines: North African

Style: Traditional Restaurant

Provided by Livebookings

Reviews

Barb Eats London - Moro

5
After buying one of Sam and Sam Clark’s recipe books a couple of months back and needing to impress the folks with yet another of London’s culinary delights, and knowing that they love Mediterranean food, Moro is chosen and a table is booked. We enter the front door of Moro, pass through the dark rounded curtain that shields the diners from the front door and are instantly impressed by the beauty of the restaurant. Filled with dark wooden tables, the walls are painted with a rich dark green stripe. The bar is found on the left hand side of the restaurant, while the open kitchen sits at the rear, where we see Mrs. Sam Clark cooking and tasting food as it crosses the pass. Lovely mirrors adorn the walls above the bar where couples are sitting enjoying tapas and bottles of wine.

The waitress meets us on the other side of the curtain and shows us to our table, through the nearly full restaurant. Each table is decorated with three small hand made clay bowls, filled with tea light candles, salt flakes and grounded peppercorns. The restaurant oozes elegance without being over the top or uncomfortable, but rather welcoming and homey. We place our cloth napkins on our laps and start to look over the menus. The waiter brings over water for the table and delicious fresh bread with olive oil for dipping. The table decides to go straight into mains even though the starters look absolutely stunning. They order the wood roasted sea bass with walnuts, yoghurt sauce and sweet herbs with braised spinach, along with the wood roasted pork with wood roasted vegetables and quince aioli, while we order two serves of the charcoal grilled lamb with new season’s garlic, sherry vinegar, fried potatoes and salad, and a bottle of Borsao (Garnacha/Syrah/Tempranillo) Joven Seleccion Campo de Borja, from Spain, served chilled.

The plates arrive in good time and look stunningly colourful. The wood roasted sea bass with walnuts, yoghurt sauce and sweet herbs with braised spinach is inspiring, and the only thing better than the presentation is the flavour. The yoghurt sauce complements the sea bass perfectly, while all elements of the dish are cooked to perfection. The wood roasted pork with wood roasted vegetables and quince aioli is a very big serve and is quite a lot of food to tackle. However every piece on the plate is amazingly cleared and from the sound of things, truly enjoyed. The charcoal grilled lamb with new season’s garlic, sherry vinegar, fried potatoes and salad is tender and juicy and cooked perfectly to the request for medium rare, however the sea bass is the star of the evening.

The table is promptly cleared and wiped by our very attentive waiter and the dessert menu is delivered. Only the boys can squeeze in any dessert and order the Malaga raisin ice cream with a side order of a glass of viño dulce de moscatel, while the other orders the chocolate and apricot tart. The dessert wine is absolutely stunning and highly recommended, with sweet and delicate overtones, which sit well with the liqueur soaked raisins in the Malaga ice cream. The chocolate apricot tart is dark and rich, with the moist consistency of a chocolate mousse, with chunks of apricot throughout. Both desserts are quickly polished off, with the Malaga raisin ice cream steeling the show.

After paying the bill and feeling extremely happy with ourselves and with Moro, we start the walk home down beautiful Exmouth Market vowing to return.

The bill –
Wood roasted sea bass with walnuts, yoghurt sauce and sweet herbs with braised spinach 19.50
Wood roasted pork with wood roasted vegetables and quince aioli 18.50
Charcoal grilled lamb with new season’s garlic, sherry vinegar, fried potatoes and salad 19.00
Malaga raisin ice cream 6.00
Chocolate and apricot tart 6.50
Glass of viño dulce de moscatel 100ml
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Great food and atmosphere

5
Had lunch here a while ago and I still salivate ever time I think about the fantastic food I ate. The food is Moorish, and I had wood roasted pork for my main and it melted in my mouth. They have an extensive range of sherries on offer, and some of their dishes include it as well. I had the Malaga raisin ice cream for desert and it was great. The place has a lively atmosphere and did get a little noisy, however this didn't spoil a great meal.
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Moro

4
Just thought I'd mention the Moro stall on Exmouth market which is there at lunchtimes – brilliant! Lunch for £5, today it was flatbread topped with couscous, free range chicken, lentils, aubergines and salad with a beetroot dressing. Last week it was flatbread with lamb and couscous with a yoghurt dressing...delicious!
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Great tasting food

4
I love going to Moro. Whilst working in the area I would visit at least once a month for a treat. The food, especially the fish dishes are full of flavour and perfectly cooked. It can be very noisy when busy, so not always the best place to go if you want a serious conversation over dinner/lunch.
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Why wait until toMOROw?

5
It is not often that one comes across a restaurant that has style, vibe and some seriously fabulous food. I have been lucky enough to not only dine , but also to experience the wine here, and I intend to develop this very complimentary and devastingly evocative relationship some more.

On my visit, despite being full to bursting and busy every member of staff was attentive, helpful and catchingly perky! Now my experience may have been coloured by the delightful company for the evening (a perceptive, witty and charming dining companion) but Moro also holds all these qualities on its own just on the vibe alone.

For some reason I skipped the Tapas and went straight for the weekly menu, a sardine related dish full of spice, and just the right mix of olive oil and fennel seeds. Simplicity in itself. Now the dining was divine, but better was the wine, and I heartidly recommend, the Ontañon, Gran Reserva a 2001 Spanish Rioja. On the side of 'pricey' at nearly £50 a bottle, but mmm so sumptuous.

It has been a while since I've had such great service (especially in the UK!) and wonderful food, and reading the other reviews it seems Moro gets this balance right at least 90% of the time. I'm hoping for those disappointed diners they will return and be charmed in the same way I have been.

My own intention is to revisit and take advantage of the tapas, and moment with a suitably charming dining partner. Oh and to remember to leave room for dessert.
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