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|Address:||34-36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE|
|Tel:||020 7833 8336|
|Price: £47.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12.30-2.30pm (Sun -3.15pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm|
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We've been here quite a few times over the years, usually just before or after something at the Almeida or Sadlers Wells.
It’s a decent buzzy busy restaurant, serving consistently good, simple and tasty Spanish / Moorish dishes. On our last visit our sardines were very fresh and very nicely prepared, cooked and presented, as was our lamb; although the lamb was luke warm. On previous occasions, we've had some very tasty tapas dishes. The food may not be great, but its always reasonable or good.
We normally seem to pay £60-£65 for 2 for 2 courses, inc service, ex all drinks. Seems fair. They have a very good Iberian wine selection with a wide range of prices. Normally get something interesting and good for c£35. Total bills are normally £140 – £160.
I think service is the weakest part of their offering, since it can vary a lot. Waiting staff are not always that friendly, and can be very slow and sometimes forgetful. However, front of house are normally very good.
Overall, I think it’s a good place, but perhaps they simply struggle to cope with their own 2hr table churn policy ? We've always found Moro to be noticeably better and more pleasant at their much quieter times, such as a late evening mid-week dinner or late afternoon tapas.
Worth trying, especially at a non-standard time.