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Sam and Samantha Clark’s Ibero-Moroccan institution is the beating heart of Exmouth Market, and more than 18 years down the line, its tantalisingly exotic, ‘lovingly cooked’ food feels more
relevant than ever. You might begin in Turkey with a ‘village soup’, before crossing to north Africa for char-grilled lamb with méchouia and harissa, although everyone has their favourite – perhaps
cuttlefish, grilled pepper and cauliflower salad or fabulous wood-roasted chicken with green olive,almond and chilli with tomato salsa. For dessert, look to drool-inducing Moro classics such as
Malaga raisin ice cream or yoghurt cake with pistachio and pomegranate. ‘It’s not fancy and trendy’, yet the noisy, action-packed dining room with its crackling buzz and smoky aromas wafting from
the open kitchen remains achingly and unselfconsciously cool – ‘like going to a friend’s house… a friend who is an absolute dynamo in the kitchen!’ raves one admirer. The wine cellar’s great, too:
thoughtfully organised and proudly Iberian.
Unsurprisingly, the focus here is entirely on Iberian wines. In fewer than 100 bins, it takes you from Lisbon to Priorat, adding 26 sherries. As well as tasting notes (for most), every wine is rated 1-5 (whites) and 6-10 (reds) to give an idea of style and weight.
Thursday night I went for the first time at Moro, I was invited by my lovely flatmate for a very late birthday celebration (my birthday was in March). She wanted to do something special, and go somewhere I had never been before. After a few months of research, we ended up next to our house, in Exmouth Market in the famous Spanish/North African restaurant Moro. She discovered I had never been there, despite the fact I have been to their sister restaurant: Morito many times. JACKPOT, she found the prefect place to go.As soon as we arrived we were offered some bread and olive oil. We had a look at the menu and wine list. I thought it was a bit weird you couldn't have tapas served at the table as sides to your meal...
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For anyone who has been living on another food planet, this is the brainchild of Sam and Sam Clark. A thousand years ago they worked for the River Café and you can see the same aesthetic here – top quality ingredients, not messed about with too much. As they say on their website, they set out to discover the abundant flavours of the southern Mediterranean and travelled through Spain, Morocco and the Sahara for three months. That this has been going strong since 1997 and hasn’t changed particularly since then speaks volumes. This is a confident restaurant. It knows its audience and it does its job spectacularly well. I’ve never been disappointed...
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