Moro

Address: 34-36 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7833 8336

- Mid-range

4.4

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
4.2
90%
Service
3.3
90%
Food and drink
4.2
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
3
90%

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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • People watching
  • Trendiness

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