Moro, Exmouth Market

London is so big and buzzy and there’s always so much happening that it can be quite confusing at times.

Many a new-comer to the city has asked me where they should go first, and my answer is always the same.

Walk around, take buses and wander until you find your own little pocket of London. The one that feels like home and makes you go all heart-eyed.

As far as I’m concerned, I found mine a long time ago.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

Minutes away from Farringdon station, Exmouth Market has it all: fairy lights, too-cute-to-be-true shops and, most importantly, a fantastic line-up of restaurants (including my London #1 and the best pizza this side of the Alps).

I’m afraid I’m not quite in the position to afford living around the corner just yet, so in the meantime, dinner it is!

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

This time at Moro, my beloved Morito’s grown-up sibling.

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Compared to next-door’s buzzy & loud tapas bar, Moro is a very civilised affair.

Elegant surroundings with a rustic edge to them and service to match, it’s a great spot to take business partners or visiting parents, and an even better one for a romantic date!

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Especially with crusty bread and a couple of cocktails, including a blooming lovely Rose & Lime Martini, to start!

Much like Morito, Moro build its menu around seasonal ingredients given a moorish treatment with touches from Spain and North African and carefully balanced spices aplenty.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

Seared pigeon breast with rainbow chard, pine nuts, currants and rose jam being the perfect example of this.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

With perfectly cooked, just pink pigeon meat, melty chard, crunchy pine nuts & sweet currants, it’s basically autumn on a plate and everything I want to eat at the moment.

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Cecina (dried beed) with carob rusk, tomato, preserved lemon & olive salad.

The perfect end of summer salad, combining ripe tomatoes, zingy condiments with delicate, umami dried beef rolls, all rounded up with smooth walnut oil.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

A moorish take on the Italian panzanella, and a very good one at that.

But then, it seems ‘very good’ is the norm at Moro…

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

Wood roasted cod with braised celery, cauliflower, coriander, barberries and chickpea purée with harissa.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

Charcoal grilled lamb with chopped grilled aubergine and red pepper salad, cumin yoghurt, walnuts and chilli butter.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

Chocolate and apricot tart wasn’t quite what I expected it to be, but in the best of ways.

I anticipated a rather homely slab of roasted-apricots-topped-with-ganache tart.

What we got instead was this lighter-than-air yet intense warm chocolate mousse sort of thing and it was divine.

Moro, Exmouth Market, London

But the true highlight of the meal was our last dish (and the simplest of them all): Rosewater and cardamom ice cream. Fragrant and delicate, it took the BF straight back to his childhood and within seconds, he declared it was the best thing he’s had all year.

A pretty bold statement and the number one reason why you should book a table.

More-ish, moorish, food doesn’t get much better than that!

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

Moro, Exmouth Market

Morito, Exmouth Market

There are no places in London I love more than Clerkenwell.

Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London | Cake + Whisky

Tucked away at its heart is my favourite little pocket of London, Exmouth Market.

It has absolutely everything I like.

Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London | Cake + Whisky

Pretty brick houses and retro-looking stores with just the right amount of hipster to them.

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Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London | Cake + Whisky

Some seriously strong sign pun game.

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Enough stationaries to make any addict’s heart happy.

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Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London | Cake + Whisky

Some of the most beautiful plants I’ve ever seen.

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And most importantly, A LOT of lovely, independant and very good little restaurants.

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Some of London’s very best have recently moved onto Exmouth Market, including Macellaio, an excellent ‘Italian butcher with tables’.

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Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London | Cake + Whisky

No matter what you’re after, be it British food, Korean chicken, cocktails or pizza, you’ll find it on Exmouth Market.

Unfortunately I haven’t had time to try it all just yet.

Not because I rarely am around, oh no, rather because I always find myself making a beeline for my absolute favourite restaurant in all of London.

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Morito is a tapas & mezze bar, opened by hospitality legends Sam & Sam Clark, of the nearby Moro fame.

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Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

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It’s a somewhat small but oh-so-lovely space, with its signature orange bar and monogrammed wooden bar stools.

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And more importantly, the atmosphere and food rival that of the best tapas bars across Spain, with a touch of Northern Africa meets the Middle East thrown in for good measure.

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Not over-ordering is always a challenge. The menus might be short, but I always want to try everything.

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From the short but carefully crafted cocktail list, we tried the Aperitivo (vermouth, cava, bay & orange).

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

But my current favourite is a bit of a twist on a classic G&T, the Oliver (white vermouth, gin, tonic, orange slice).

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The bread basket is an absolute must-order. All breads are made in house and are basically heaven in dough form.

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

The herby za’atar flatbread is my favourite, especially when dipped into rich, green olive oil seasoned with a few pinches of sumac.

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Croquetas are such a tapas staple and so delicious I’m never, ever able to skip them.

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We went for the salt cod version this time, with heaps of parsley and a generous dollop of punchy aioli.

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The tortilla is not as pillow-y here as it is at Barrafina, but the current leek and lemon thyme combination is so delicate and more-ish.

An absolute lunch winner.

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My favourite dish was a little Confit duck, escarole & hazelnuts number.

Such a simple, yet vibrant and perfectly balanced dish.

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The Crispy aubergine, whipped feta & date molasses, topped with fresh mint leaves, is basically next level dirty fries and another crowd pleaser (and it seems a favourite amongst the staff as well…).

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Last but not least was the Chicken, chorizo, spinach & oloroso a la plancha.

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

Perfectly grilled chicken, with heaps of chorizo and just soft spinach leaves.

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

A match made in heaven.

Morito, London | Cake + Whisky

The dessert list is really rather short (olive oil mousse or ice cream on our visit) but even I don’t mind as I’m usually too stuffed to even consider dessert and settle for a caffè con leche instead.

The perfect end to a perfect meal, just like every other time I’ve visited Morito.

Morito, 32 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QE  Morito Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Morito, Exmouth Market