There are many plus points about living a short walk from Exmouth Market, and the proximity of Morito is surely one of them. The husband and wife team Sam and Sam Clarke who have run the successful restaurant Moro for 15 years opened a baby sibling next door nearly two years ago. It espouses the Moorish cooking to which the Clarkes introduced London, with an emphasis on the Spanish style of eating. The format of Morito is essentially a relaxed tapas bar.
For me, it is the perfect place to eat: the cooking, as you would expect from this stable, is completely delicious. There are dishes from the Moro East cookbook such as beetroot borani with feta and walnuts £4, which would win over even the most avid beetroot hater, and the fried whole prawns £6.50 had such a light and crispy crust, it was tempting to eat them whole, shell and all. My companion and I also had the salt cod croquettes £4.50, and a perfect tortilla with potato, onion and wild garlic.
The menu is endlessly tempting, and fans of the Moro cookbooks will recognise other gems like the cauliflower with saffron, pine nuts and raisins £4.50. Meat eaters will like the slow roast pork belly with cumin and lemon, or the butifarra sausage with white beans and alioli.
It was one of those recent rainy days this week with hot sun in the afternoon, so sitting outside with a glass of ice cold fino to accompany was just the ticket. A bit more room too for my 6′ 4″ guest for whom the cosy tables inside are a bit cramped.
There is no designated website for Morito, nor a link on the Moro website, but find the information below.
32 Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QE
Tel: 020 7278 7007
Opening hours: 12noon – 11pm – Monday to Saturday
12noon – 4pm Sunday
Bookings taken at lunchtime but not in the evening.
Around £30 for 2 for a quick lunch or £50-60 if you’re pushing the boat out.