31 July 2014

Moritoone star

32 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE

£39.00 Spanish , Tapas Clerkenwell, Barbican
  • Wine: £17.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-4pm Mon-Sat 5-11pm

Square Meal Review of Morito ?

Sam and Samantha Clark’s follow-up to Moro isn’t just your regular tapas drop-in – it also does duty as a cosy Spanish/Middle Eastern ‘mezze bar’, which means there’s plenty of exotic spice and all things nice among the expected croquetas and patatas bravas. As a concept, it works a treat: quails’ eggs with a touch of cumin, lamb kofta and beetroot borani go just as well with a chilled sherry or caña as jamón Ibérico and Padrón peppers.An extensive daily menu also allows for a good measure of creativity in the tiny kitchen– hence sweetbreads with grilled grapefruit or sea-bass roe with grilled baby gem. In short, Morito is a ‘find’ that has guests coming back to torture their behinds on the wooden stools and join the queues for dinner (bookings are only taken at lunchtime).

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  1. Morito

    32 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
    Overall rating:
    Grumbling Gourmet
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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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 lovely campari mixed with nothing more than white wine...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 2nd 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 mistake when her hand was competing with the chef’s for a walnut...
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  3. Published : Saturday, 4th 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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  4. Published : Sunday, 1st 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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  5. Published : Thursday, 22nd 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 style tagines and clay pots, filled with all kinds of seasonings, spices and herbs...
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  6. Published : Thursday, 13th June 2013

    foodstinct.com :: 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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  7. Published : Monday, 10th 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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  8. 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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  9. Published : Thursday, 14th 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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