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Restaurants come and go, but Moro is as popular today as it was back in the late 90s, when husband and wife team Sam and Samantha Clark first brought their heady mix of Spanish and North African cuisine to a receptive Clerkenwell crowd. Readers still go overboard for Moro’s “robust Moorish flavours” – from ceviche of sea bass fragrant with bergamot, orange and cumin to pan-fried calf’s liver sticky with pomegranate molasses. Mains rely on the wood oven and charcoal grill, which lends a smoky intensity to pork belly with morcilla, or bream with saffron rice and clams. Noise levels rise as the place fills up, and service is basically “shared across tables”, but that’s part of the appeal. Book ahead or nab a place at the bar for some tapas. Short, punchy descriptions pepper the mostly Iberian wine list, and the whole “wonderful” shebang offers terrific value across the board.  


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  1. Published : Monday, 25 February 2013

    FoodiesOnTheProwl FoodiesOnTheProwl :: Moro, Feb 2013

    Moro is one of those restaurants that seems to have been around forever (opened its doors in 1997) and is loved by so many Londoners. Islington / Clerkenwell is fast becoming a go-to place on the foodie culinary map, but Moro was an Islington based destination-restaurant before the likes of John Salt and Naamyaa Cafe decided to grace the area with their presence...
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  1. Published : Friday, 21 December 2012

    Brunch etc. :: Moro - it's a little bit Moorish

    I can't say enough good things about Moro: The cookbooks! The lunch-time stall on Exmouth Market! Sister restaurant Morito! And then there's the place itself. With a monthly-changing menu of delicious Moorish cuisine (think charcoal grilled fish and meat dishes, paired with classic Mediterranean ingredients - chickpeas, aubergine, pomegranate and garlic all feature heavily), Moro is hands-down one of the best restaurants in North London. I visited with my mum and brother last week and was once again impressed with just how good the food there is - beautiful ingredients, perfect preparation and fantastic flavour combinations...
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  1. Published : Friday, 23 May 2014

    Frenchy love food :: MORO

    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...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 25 September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Moro, Exmouth Market

    Moro in Exmouth Market offers food inspired from the Mediterranean such as Spain and North African. The place emphasises on the concept of sharing through tapas size dishes but the mains comes at a relatively big portion...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 22 September 2013

    Saying it straight :: To Moro to Moro I love you to Moro

    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....
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  1. Published : Monday, 2 December 2013

    vialaporte :: Moro // Islington // London

    Moro seems to have been one of East London’s ‘go-to’ restaurant references for as long as we can remember. Famous for its fusion of Spanish / Middle-Eastern cuisine, bookings at this ever popular spot are an absolute essential for the dinner service. Part of its ongoing success must certainly lie in its atmosphere. With a long bar and cosy wood tables scattered about, the large room is an invitation to conviviality.

    Regarding the food, the menu offers a great selection that changes with the seasons. As a starter, the warm peppers stuffed with salt cod brandada is very pleasant, while the mixed vegetable mezze...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 22 September 2013

    SamTheFoodFan :: Moro

    Moro is located in Exmouth Market, a really cool little pedestrianised street a short walk from Angel tube station. Specialising in Moorish/Spanish cuisine, it celebrates its 17thbirthday this year, which in restaurant years is an absolute lifetime, but that just tells you how special this place is! TBH booked a late lunch table and when we arrived at 2pm, every table was occupied and the place was buzzing with the sound of people having a good time. I loved it as soon as I walked in. There is a long bar spanning the breadth of the restaurant where you can sit and have tapas and an open kitchen at the back. Next...
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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.

Essential Details for Moro

  • Address: 34-36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
  • Telephone: 020 7833 8336
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12.30-2.30pm (Sun -3.15pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm

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