A while back we tried the food at Moro and liked it. This time we decided to try out its sister restaurant Morito. And guess what, the food at Morito is awesome…why did we not try it out earlier!! Located only steps away from each other these two eateries offer a quintessential Moorish North African & Spanish dining experience in Islington in the beautiful surroundings of Exmouth market.
We visited Morito on a lazy Sunday afternoon before heading off to see a show at the Sadler’s Wells theatre (about 5 mins walk away). The restaurant only takes bookings for lunch while dinner works on a first come first serve basis. Morito is more of a tapas bar than it’s sister restaurant Moro ,but none the less popular for it. The place itself is fairly small and dinners can see their food being cooked in the open style kitchen, which is always a nice touch.
When we visited Morito we tried the following dishes:
- Bread basket (8/10)
- Beetroot borani (9/10)
- Grilled tetilla cheese, walnuts & membrillo (9/10)
- Salt cod croquetas (8.5/10)
- Chicharrones de Cádiz – pork belly, cumin & lemon (8.5/10)
- Butifarra, white beans & alioli (9/10)
- Puntillitas – baby squid (8.5/10)
- Grilled morcilla sausage, piquillos & quail’s eggs (7.5/10)
- Patatas bravas (8/10)
- Spinach, pine nuts, raisins & anchovy dressing (8.5/10)
- Seabass roe (7/10)
Almost all the dishes we tried at Morito were great, some even stunning. For instance, the beetroot borani is packed with flavour and tasted so fresh. The Tetilla cheese so moorish that we couldn’t stop picking from it. Personally we vastly prefer the tapas style dishes at Morito over the bigger main plates at Moro and can’t wait to revisit to try out some more of their dishes. The service was excellent as well.
The total bill at Morito came to £85 (including service charge, lemonade, coffee and carafe of wine).
Food rating for Morito: 8.5/10
Service rating for Morito: 8.5/10
Overall rating for Morito: 8.5/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)