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If it’s after 6.30pm, you might have to join the orderly queue outside this little sibling of next-door Moro, where couples are encouraged to sit at the orange Formica bar – all the better to catch a glimpse of the “magic” chefs in action. Described by one reader as the “best tapas joint in London”, Morito’s ever-changing menu might include classics such as tortilla, croquetas and boquerones alongside more inventive options including scallops with seaweed and pickled cucumber or fried rose shrimp and baby squid with sumac and alioli. Sherry lovers can enjoy a great selection by the glass, including a limited-release fino ‘en rama’ – an unfiltered, bone-dry sip that’s perfect with seafood. With its hard stools and cramped tables, Morito doesn’t encourage lingering, but as an atmospheric pitstop on Exmouth Market, it’s hard to beat.


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  1. Lovely lazy Sunday afternoons are made for tapas! I'd normally head over to Jose on Bermondsey Street but being especially lazy on this particular Sunday we just rolled down the hill to Exmouth Market.

    Morito is brightly decorated and has a buzzy atmosphere but is essentially a tiny space. Nothing more than a few tables squeezed in along a main bar. I love this sort of set up; you sit cheek by jowel and jostle for space overlooking the open kitchen slash bar.

    The wine list and cocktail menu seem perfect for afternoon boozing. The bicicleta is a favourite of mine and is well worth a punt. Lovely...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 2 February 2014

    The Hungry Porker :: Morito

    We were given the best stools up at the bar, overlooking the chef who was slapping everything on the griddle and moving to Fleetwood Mac (with some style). It’s hard not fall in love with the casual and warm buzz and there’s enough character in the paired back decor so that you don’t think it has been designed by a tobacco rolling, tattooed hipster, like just about every restaurant these days.

    To start things off my partner helped herself to the nuts on the counter, mistaking them for a Spanish alternative to a bread basket, instead of being for the chef to garnish the dishes with. She soon realised her...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 13 June 2013 :: Morito: take your friends

    Everything about Morito is perfect for sharing. The tables are close set – so you’ll be sharing space in an intimate way. Come with good friends! The tapas plates are small sized, and arrive quickly. We always order together, eat together then order more if we want. Most often, it’s an intuitive ordering too, a quick glance down the menu, a suggestions from the staff, and then a random firing off of a few dishes, until a knowing glance tells you you’ve ordered enough...
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  1. 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!!...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 14 March 2013

    Frenchy love food :: MORITO -Tapas restaurant

    On my birthday night, I went to Morito at Exmouth Market.
    It is a small restaurant specialized in spanish food : Tapas !
    I was surprised, they have a big tapas MENU...
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  1. Published : Monday, 10 June 2013

    Brunch etc. :: Drinks and tapas at Morito

    I visited Morito once before (for a special seafood and sherry tasting event last year), but - despite numerous trips to sister restaurant Moro - I never managed to return to try the standard menu. I finally got my chance a couple of weeks ago, at a relaxed Monday night dinner with my boyfriend and his lovely cousin. Showing up at 7pm, we had no problem getting a table for three, making Morito a great alternative to Moro if you haven't had the chance to book weeks in advance! (although it's still pretty busy later in the week)...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 22 August 2013

    love2feed :: eat: morito

    Nestled in Exmouth Market next to bigger sister ‘Moro’, the unassumingly small tapas and mezze bar is a hands down favourite among Clerkenwell locals and beyond. The main attraction of Morito is the bright and bold tangerine coloured bar where diners can perch and enjoy themselves with a glass of wine in hand, overlooking the chefs cooking dishes to order. Morito draws inspiration from Spanish and North African influences, cuisine which can be found predominantly in Southern parts of Spain in cities such as Granada and Cordoba, where the Moors invaded and inhabited. Scattered on the bar are an assortment of Morrocan...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 1 September 2013

    [FEAST to the world] :: Morito, Exmouth Market

    Morito is nothing new. It's not one of those recent openings with hyped up praises and accolade. Nothing that it serves is consider as the most current and hippest and definitely no trendy ingredients pass through the kitchen. Yet quietly over the years, it managed to collate some devoted followings and regulars customers.

    It is easy to see why, for what this tiny little Tapas bar does offer, it does it with such conviction that along with it's pared down interior, orange accents that mirrored that of a glorious Spanish sunset, marked this out to be a great little joint...
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  1. Published : Monday, 17 December 2012

    Gingle lists everything :: Morito, 1st December

    Stephen has been to Morito so often that I almost felt like I'd been myself. He always speaks highly of it and I have been pestering him to go with me for a while. That day finally came when we decided to celebrate our anniversary with a lunch there.Morito does little plates with a Moorish feel to them. Prices range from 2.50 for an assortment of breads up to about 8.50 for some lamb chops. The place is very fond of cumin.Because Stephen has been there so often and done the hard work for me, by trying most of the dishes on the menu, I turned to him to lead on the choices and I was pretty much guaranteed that each...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 4 January 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Morito, Exmouth Market

    Morito resides in the restaurant haven that is Exmouth Market and it serves tapas with influences from North Africa and Lebanon. It has a sister restaurant next door called Morro which is much bigger and serves larger dishes.

    We turned up for lunch (booking was essential as it’s so small and it remained busy throughout our visit) and were seated at the bright orange bar overlooking the tiny kitchen. Just two chefs worked in the small space which was impressive seeing as they produced such delicious food. The place had a great atmosphere...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 23 February 2013

    Delicious Wanderings :: Little Tapas at Morito’s

    Tucked snugly in a narrow space in Exmouth Market, this little brother of distinguished Spanish restaurant Moro serves up little platters of deliciousness. The house specials are always changing which means ingredients are at their freshest. I have a soft spot for pedron peppers and Moritos peppers are the healthiest and juiciest ones around. A few weeks ago, however, I teared up for ten minutes after having popped the most spiciest pepper I had ever had...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 4 February 2015

    Dips Dines :: Morito - Excuse the Chairs | Dips Dines

    I’d been eagerly anticipating my meal at Morito, given it’s the little sibling of Moro where I’d once upon a time had an extremely enjoyable dinner.

    Located the heart of Exmouth Market, you’ll find this very small & very busy tapas bar. Bear in mind you can’t reserve a table in advance – although if it’s full when you show up, put your name & number down and be free to wander off for a drink – they’ll happily ring you when your table is ready...
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  1. It’s no surprise, then, that the best Spanish food I’ve had is in London, as my recent drop in to Morito in Exmouth Market confirmed. Unlike myself, proprietors Sam and Sam Clark clearly knew where to look when they went abroad. The resulting inspiration has to be the best Spanish import since Enrique Iglesias first graced our ears with ‘Hero’.
    First impressions seem authentically Catalan – small and unassuming just the sort of place I’d walk past in hope of better but with nothing particular in mind. But in London this is exactly what you’re after. Morito has remained one of the best places in the capital for...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 3 June 2015

    Emma Rose Tully :: Review: Morito | Daydreamer

    Morito is a tapas bar right next door to the famously successful Moro in Clerkenwell; it’s run by the same people, Sam and Sam Clark, and occupies a spot that used to belong to the legendarily good Spanish deli Brindisa. The menu at Morito changes on a daily basis and is inspired by the tastes and flavours of the western Mediterranean: Spain, Portugal, Gypsy and North Africa.

    With a tiny interior, couples are invited to sit at the bar whilst larger groups huddle around small tables that line the walls. Sunny orange tones decorate the walls while lively music and the chitter-chat of diners fill the room. The...
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Sam and Samantha Clark

The husband-and-wife duo behind Moro and its neighbouring tapas bar Morito come as a pair. Both worked at The River Café, but it was at legendary gastropub The Eagle that they met. Their honeymoon was a Camper-van trip around Spain and Morocco, on a recipe-gathering mission in advance of the 1997 opening of their now famous eatery on Exmouth Market. They get rave reviews for their various Moro-themed cookbooks too.

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