34 Exmouth Market, Finsbury, London EC1R 4QE
- Farringdon Station (0.7 km)
- Angel Tube Station (0.7 km)
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020 7833 8336
18 High Street, Walthamstow, London E17 7LD
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24 reviews of Moro Restaurants in English
Our first time going there for a few years and when we left the staff attitude was ' like we give a sh*t, there are plenty of mug punters who'll pay these prices...'
Used to be top 3 restaurants in London for me, but sadly on the decline. Still in a great place (obviously), still really like the staff.... but Tapas offering was average fare (tho babaganoush still to die for)....i visited Tierra Brindisa in Soho recently and to be honest, it puts it to shame. Sad to see and hope Moro pulls its socks up......i'll still go back, once more at least!
I first heard of Moro from their fabulous cookbook that my flatmate has, great recipes in there, love it. I live in Edinburgh and having a weekend in London recently, I took the opportunity to go to Moro (at last!) and was not dissappointed! My boyfriend and I went along and had a fabulous 3 course meal with all the trimmings (great Spanish wine, matched dessert wines, coffee). The highlights for us were, well everything really but if I have to pick a couple of things then the Oak smoked lamb, cooked to perfection and not too smokey mmmmm and the cheeseboard was heaven on a plate. I wanted the meal to last forever and wished I lived in London so I could go more often. Please Moro come to Edinburgh!!
I've been before a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it but the experience last night was disappointing. Staff were brusque to the point of rudeness (one waiter actually manhandled me out of his way as I stood up to let a fellow diner take his place, which is quite impressive considering the waiter was carrying three plates) and veggie options minimal to the point of one per course. So I ended up paying £15.50 for a desert spoon each of Syrian lentils, taboulleh, coleslaw with more chili than cabbage, a puree of unknown provenance, four bits of roast beetroot in dill (my least favourite herb), a tablespoon of humous, a bit of flatbread, a spring onion and a thin slice of baby carrott. Oh, and a radish (yuck!)
I'd already had the Syrian lentils and humous as a starter.
So altogether a grossly over-priced lack of effort. Not recommended for vegetarians or anyone with cashflow issues. Shame to see a once great restaurant fall into the trap of complacency and self-satisfaction when a bit more effort, choice and imagination would have raised it well above the average
My favourite spot in Moro is a stool at the bar, have had diner in the main restaurant many times but I think that eating at the zinc counter is by far the best experience.
Go at the end of the luchtime rush and you get all the vibe with none of the chaos. Top tip is that you can extend your menu choice by ordering startes or deserts from the main menu if you ask nicely!!
House wine went down very well at £14 and they have a great choice of sherry.
Chorizo salad with beans was sublime. Tortilla was firm, moist and full of flavour. Plenty of bread on the bar with good olive oil!! Cheese to finish was a great selection and had been treated well.
9/10 Great food, wine and an excellent place to watch the world go by.
It's always exciting to have a table in this ever-popular restaurant but this Gibbon was disappointed. They're stingy with the bread and super-stingy with the portions. Two courses barely touch the sides.
Although the flavours are excellent, my squid starter was absolutely over-cooked. That's unforgivable when small piece with a bit of rocket salad comes in at £8.50. The main course was tiny. You know when you have to slow down to a virtual stop just so you don't clear your plate in two minutes? That's what you'll need to do here.
Service could do with being less snooty, although it was perfectly efficient.
Won't be returning as it's quite simply overpriced - the food is good, but they need to be more generous with the portions and accept they aren't quite a fine dining establishment (nor would people want them to be).
Absolutely my favourite restaurant in London. They cook lamb like no where else I've ever been (don't bother looking at the menu, just order the lamb) and their chocolate and apricot tart is like heaven on a plate. The atmosphere is fun and lively and the staff are friendly. Yes, it is expensive, but the food is such good quality that I think it's worth. It's my must-eat recommendation for anyone coming to London.
Been twice and each time it was great. Food was spot on, service excellent and atmos even better!
It’s a very boho place, so don’t expect a bloke handing you towels and smellies, it’s just far more real than that.
Will be back again and often, as long as we can get a table!
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Have wanted to try Moro for a while… just not had the chance. But a client recently picked Moro from a list of three restaurants I sent him.
We both enjoyed every one of the three courses we had. Each was unusual… full of flavour.
Favourite dish: village soup.
And service was great - attentive but unobtrusive.
Can’t wait to go back.
I had high hopes of Moro given all the great reviews but sadly it did not live up to any of my hopes. Poor service, terrible table near toilets and overpriced food that did not demonstrate any flair or individuality. My companian was vegitarian and only had the one choice of raw slice veg with houmous etc…sorry moro 15.00 for this is taking the mickey. Get your act together or your bubble will burst
Everything I’d say about Moro has been said before; the food can be fantastic (although my roasted mackerel and koshary, which was heavenly, sat heavily on my stomach until midday.
And at £17.50 it was extraordinarily overpriced, following a single scallop that cost £8.50. What makes it so isn’t that the raw ingredients cost so little, but the 'extras’ that add the value - great service, ambience, something 'special’- simply aren’t always there. We ate at the bar - and the barman was polite enough, although dispensed drink and food with all the charm and warmth of a mortician; ie someone who’s not too bothered about customer experience.
The best, best thing about Moro is the yoghurt cake, which is delicious; chips of pistachio nuts, pomegranate seeds; wonderful. So go for that, and have a chop around the corner first at the Quality Chop House.
Very good but I don’t think Moro lives up to the hype.
I prefer eating tapas at the bar to Moro’s full-on sit down experience. I always have to admit that I love their roast lamb lunches served on Exmouth Market for five quid!!! from Wednesday-Friday (maybe more days in the summer?).
So, what’s not to love? I don’t know. It’s pricey and service is kinda snooty. It’s ridiculously difficult to even make a reservation for this place too!
But I have to say, if I were just reviewing a leisurely lunch at the bar or grabbing the roast lamb lunch on the street, I’d give 5 stars.
A really great restaurant.
Hats off to Sam and Sam.
Serious research , great ingredients and fantastic food beautifully executed covering recipes from southern Spain to Syria via North Africa.
Moro is an institution.
I had an absolutely melt-in-the-mouth tasty dish of pork when I ate here with a friend recently. I had to stop myself from completely ruining my appetite by gorging on that gorgeous bread with oil and balsamic that serves as the pre-dinner “appetiser”. We had a rather nice and reasonable Sicilian (I think!) red with our dinner but didn’t bother with dessert. We’d booked a table for the 7pm sitting and the waiter was really quite pushy about getting us off the table at 9pm (fair enough but he could have been a little more pleasant about it). Still, this was not enough to put me off potentially eating there again.
The highlight of Moro is the innovative cooking. Flavours and ingredients are combined in ways you had not thought of before showing the influence of Spain and North Africa. The tapas are fantastic. My partridge was a bit dry, but this could have been a one off problem. Service is friendly but casual. I would recommend.
Yes the foods good, but who in the real world has £71 for a lunch for 2 and that’s including just their cheapest wine. The place is noisy, they should get someone in to break the ceiling up with some kind of baffles. As for the decor it needs ripping out and starting again, the walls are lumpy and badly painted, with the money they are making they should be able to afford to do that.
To summarize your spending lots of money in a noisy, trashy looking place, but a lot of people do it, so something must be right.
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