Italian-inspired pasta bar and restaurant Morso started out life as a pop up, but proved so popular that it has now graduated to a restaurant proper. Featuring a minimalist dining room boasting white walls, a dining counter and a handful of sit-down tables, Morso is essentially a neighbourhood joint providing a choice of seasonal, homemade small plates and fresh pasta dishes, plus a drinks list of alluring grappa-based cocktails, including Negronis.
The fresh handmade pasta is the star of the à la carte, but before you get to that, you can tuck into a range of small bites split between meat, veg and fish. Kick-start your meal with the likes of British beef carpaccio or lamb rump with artichoke puree and salsa verde. If you are feeling fishy, instead choose seared tuna and grilled seabass, while vegetarian diners can opt for homemade ricotta with ciabatta bread or grilled baby gem with lemon mustard dressing.
From the handful of fresh pasta dishes, you will find classic Italian fare such as egg-yolk ravioli or cacio e pepe. There is also spaghetti al Pomodoro topped off with Parmigiano Reggiano shavings, while mushroom gnocchi in a white wine sauce is an accomplished vegetarian option.
Desserts are just as classically Italian as the rest of the menu, with sweet-toothed options including a Caprese chocolate tart with rosemary infused mascarpone ice cream, and a potted tiramisu finished off with a sprinkling of chocolate crumbs.
You can stop by earlier in the day to enjoy the set lunch menu of one small bite and one fresh pasta dish for £14, while on the weekend, it is all about brunch – think Clarence Court eggs topped with black truffle oil and Panettone French toast drizzled with vanilla and rosemary cream.
Aside from the grappa cocktails, you can quench your thirst with beers, Prosecco and a range of by-the-glass Italian wines.