Moro

Price guide: Mid-range

34-36 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE

Price guide: Mid-range

Wood-roast sea bass © Preoccupations

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#37 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Moro

This relaxed bar and restaurant has done much to popularize the food of Spain in the UK.

Moro’s been a hit since it opened in 1997, and booking a table still holds a thrill for many Londoners, despite its informality. This is a great place for meeting friends, colleagues, or taking a date, depending on the time of day you visit.

Food and drink: 

Dishes are modern rustic interpretations of the classic flavours of Spain, plus Morocco and the eastern Mediterranean – a loose combination that has led to several hit cookbooks. A wood-fired oven turns out roast fish, poultry and meats – they make good use a their charcoal grill too in dishes such as lamb with pumpkin pistou and pine nuts. I love the Malaga raisin ice-cream though in general the desserts can be hit-or-miss. The wine list includes some of Spain and Portugal’s more unusual bottles, and showcases sherry.

Ambience: 

Confidently free of ethnic clichés – instead it’s light, bright and bustling.

Service: 

Fashionably informal, however I have experienced memorable arrogance here.

Location: 

At the centre of Exmouth Market, between the residences of Clerkenwell and Islington and the businesses of Farringdon.

Price advice: 

Starters are £6.50-£8.50, mains £15.50-£19.50, desserts £5.50. You can eat at the bar, with tapas dishes and snacks £3.50-£14.50.

Other useful branches: 

A few doors down is the recently-opened Morito, a small tapas and sherry bar from the same team.

More information on Moro:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Mediterranean, North African, Spanish
Address:
34-36 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE
Telephone:
020 7833 8336
Website:
http://www.moro.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Restaurant Mon-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm. Tapas bar Mon-Sat 12.30pm-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Moro? Would you recommended it?