We say “Ole”, you say “Spain”. We say “Spanish food”, you say “I want Moro”? If so, we would tend to agree with you.
Moro is one of those restaurants that seems to have been around forever (opened its doors in 1997) and is loved by so many Londoners. Islington / Clerkenwell is fast becoming a go-to place on the foodie culinary map, but Moro was an Islington based destination-restaurant before the likes of John Salt and Naamyaa Cafe decided to grace the area with their presence.
Moro is located on a very nice stretch of a cobbled pedestrian street called Exmouth market. Given its location near, for instance Sadler’s Wells theatre (about 5 mins walk), it is also perfect for a pre / post theatre dining venue. The place is effortlessly cool with it’s relaxed waiters showcasing their tatted sleeves and it is generally heaving with customers (even on Mondays). It is therefore advised that you book ahead of coming.
The food at Moro is based around Southern Mediterranean tastes (Spanish and North African based cuisine, which was introduced in Spain when the Moors ruled large parts of Spain; hence the name Moro) and unlike typical tapas restaurants Moro offers an extensive list of main dishes.
The restaurant has a bar area and a formal dining area. If you sit behind the bar counter, you can enjoy both the bar tapas dishes and the formal menu, whereas if you sit in the formal dining area the menu is restricted to the formal menu.
During our latest visit to Moro we sat behind the counter and we tried the following dishes (mix from the tapas menu and formal menu):
- Butifarra sausage alioli (8/10)
- Babaganoush (8/10)
- Almonds (7/10)
- Pimientos de padron (7/10)
- Maize kernels (7.5/10)
- Boquerones (8/10)
- Seafood brik with harissa (8/10)
- Butifarra sausage with trompettes de la mort and white beans (8.5/10)
- Slow-cooked artichokes with chard, chopped lemon, olives and goats cheese (8/10)
- Wood roasted pork with wilted escarole salad, pomegranate and migas (7/10)
- Charcoal grilled lamb chops with pistachio and orange zest pilav, seasoned yoghurt and cabbage, carrot and chilli salad with mint (7/10)
The total bill at Moro came to £120 (including service charge, 2 mocktails, a bottle of water and a glas of wine).
Food rating for Moro: 7.5/10
Service rating for Moro: 7.5/10
Overall rating for Moro: 7.5/10
(The overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)