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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016The word “love” crops up repeatedly in Moro’s plaudits – a sure sign that it’s still held in high regard after rocking on for two decades. From day one, Sam and Samantha Clark’s ground-breaking eatery made an impact with its zinc-topped bar, pavement tables, wood-fired oven and compelling Spanish/North African cuisine. The whole shebang still thrills, although nothing can trump the food: heady spicing and subtly matched flavours are at the heart of things, from a lamb and saffron broth with wee dumplings, or a rustic salad of warm white beans and celery topped with bottarga, to luscious chocolate and apricot tart. In between, the wood-fired oven makes easy work of sesame chicken (served with couscous), while the charcoal grill offers up lamb with fava bean and bitter leaf purée. Alternatively, pick some small plates from the tapas bar menu – perhaps fried spiced chickpeas or anchovies on toast. The wine list shows the same geographical interests as the menu, and the sherry line-up warrants proper consideration. “Fabulous, I just love this place”, raves one fan.

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34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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Mouthwatering

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Mar 2015

Having dined here before, my expectations were high and I was not disappointed. The menu is fairly short, meaning that each dish can be perfectly executed and cooked fresh. The desserts I'm sure haven't changed for 18 years, but the Yoghurt cake is so good, why change it? Exmouth Market is a gastronauts paradise, with Moro leading the way. The food isn't pretentious, it's just honest and full of flavour. Each dish has a great contrast of textures and flavours without being over...

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gary c.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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Jun 2014

We have been to Moro regularly. This time was a (not busy) Saturday lunchtime. Food and drink were excellent as always but the service was ‘shared’ across tables, which meant basically no service. The waitresses were too busy chatting by the till to take our drinks order and we had to call across the restaurant to get the bill. At no point did anyone check if we were happy with anything or everything, not even when they brought the bill. The whole experience was extremely offhand. We have had much...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Moro

34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Mar 2014

went with colleagues for lunch. the room is spacious and unusual, really special. the dishes on the menu are also unusual and very good (the chorizo/chick pea starter was very good, as was the lamb – some colleagues tried the kid and said it was amazing – chocolate tart was also very good). service is ok (had to ask twice for the tap water) but friendly and helpful (e.g., for the wine). it is a bit expensive, but the portions are on the big side, so definitely worth a visit. we all had a good time.

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Aymeric V.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Moro

34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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Turning a business lunch into pure pleasure

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Nov 2013

Great to be in one of my favourite parts of London, Exmouth Market, the sun was shinning too! Had not eaten here for some time but the food was still superb, then there was the bread… apart from Hambelton Bakery (Rutland), this bread is very special. Slightly sour – the way bread should be. Looking foreword to our next visit.

Marlen G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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Part of Slow Food Movement!

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Aug 2013

Interesting dishes with interesting taste. All good except the fish. We were Pre theatre, so arrived at 6, opening time, to an almost empty restaurant, ordered at 610, starters arrived at 630, fine. Mains did not show until 710. Lamb was properly cooked, but Fish was raw inside. The waitress said that is how they do it, Really? if so the Menu could say so, or the waiter taking the order should say so, pre warn, they are cooking new sashimi style a la Nobu. I like sushi when i order sushi but not...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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The greatest restaurant in the world.

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Apr 2013

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Having dined in London's best restaurants over the last 15 years, there is one that still tops them all. Moro. Fads come and go (Ramsey, Oliver, telephone directory menus, blowtorched snails, 30 minute sittings, tables without chairs) but only the truly great survive and Moro is such a place. Moro isn't fancy and trendy. It just is. It is a place where lovers of food and conversation come. I genuinely get excited when it's time for lunch at Moro and last week I was delighted to get the table in...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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by   platinum reviewer (55)

Dec 2011

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Consistently excellent. The only possible criticism is it's location, which if you don't live work in Islington probably makes it inconvenient, but it's well worth the inconvenience. The changing menu makes it a great place to visit as often as possible as you're never going top be bored with the unusual flavours. The wine list is long|(ish) and always full of unusual offerings at decent prices and the atmosphere is very buzzy!

Neil M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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34-36 Exmouth Market ,London EC1R 4QE

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by   (1)

Oct 2011

I have been visiting Moro every few weeks for several years, virtually every time I meet clients in the UK. I was there today and was sadly disappointed to find it has gone way downhill. The service was unbelievably slow, two orders were completely wrong and another dish was returned because there was some tissue on the plate. In fact the food was all over the place, I felt so embarrassed I ended up making excuses on behalf of the restaurant just to save some face in front of my guests. When the...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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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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  • Address: 34-36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE
  • Telephone: 020 7833 8336
  • Email: info@moro.co.uk
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun 12.30pm- ) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm

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