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

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Moro, Exmouth Market

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa

I must admit I’m a bit of a Jamie Oliver fan-girl: the books, the TV shows, the YouTube channels, the food… I love it all. And yet, I had never been to any of Jamie’s restaurants. Shocking, I know.

So when a lil’ email popped into my mailbox, inviting me to an exclusive butchery masterclass at fire-and-meat focused Barbecoa, I was very excited to say the least!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Located just behind St Paul’s Cathedral, Barbecoa is a beautiful restaurant.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

There’s a beautiful bar, a gigantic, open kitchen, lushious dark wood and gorgeous views. That I obviously didn’t take any picture of. #BadBlogger

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

And then there’s an entire wall worth of whiskies… Way to make this girl fall in love, well played Barbecoa!

We started things off with a glass of bubbly and some nibbles.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Crispy pork crackling with thyme and apple ketchup (I bet you can’t have just one!)

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Moroccan-spiced lamb pasties (so selicate and delicious!)

Before moving on to the main event, the Plat de Resistance if you will…

(vegetarians friends, look away now!)

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

A man, a lamb and a rather dramatic setting for a butchery masterclass!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Barbecoa butchers all of its meat in-house and regularly runs butchery masterclasses.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

One of the restaurant’s award-winning butchers will guide you through the process of breaking down an animal and all the steps until it reaches the plate.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

From breaking down the animal…

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

… to tips on how to best choose, prep and cook meat at home…

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

… and some of the trade’s best kept secrets, it’s the perfect event for those like me who love to take a peak behind the restaurant scene’s curtains.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Or well, any meat lover, really!

But there’s much more to Barbecoa than just meat…

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Including magicians/bartenders playing with fire to craft the most delicious cocktails.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Best of them all is the Barbecoa Blazer (Blazed Apple & Cinnamon Evan Williams, Orange, Cherries, Aromatic Bitters)

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Basically a whisky version of the best mulled wine you’ll ever be able to put your hands on. #BringWinterBack #justkidding

What more could you possibly need to make it the best night ever?

More nibbles? Oh, go on then!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

The cutest little mushroom and carpaccio rolls with bearnaise sauce.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Homemade taramasala on plain and squid ink crackers.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Mind-blowingly good beef short rib croquettes with ‘nduja mayo and daikon pickles.

So good. Someone please send a box full of those to my desk.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Adorable chicken wing drumlets with yoghurt & lemon zest. Another winner.

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa | Cake + Whisky

Topping it all of with refreshing little shoters of rhubarb sorbet. The perfect way to balance of a rather rich meal (canapés are a legit meal, right?)

Barbecoa definitely lived up to its reputation of cathedral of meat & fire and the perfect introduction to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire. Now I simply can’t wait to discover more!

Want to become a master in lamb chopping yourself? More info on Barbecoa’s website

Or you know, just pop in for a cheeky cocktail or two. I bet you won’t find a better place in the City!

Butchery Masterclass at Barbecoa