A spin-off of Exmouth Market's “truly scrumptious” Moorish tapas bar (itself a little sister to long-time Harden's survey favourite Moro) comes to Hoxton. The new site, just a stone's throw from Columbia Road Flower Market, will see Moro head chef Marianna Love head-up the kitchen alongside founder Sam Clark.
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“Great vibe, great food” – Moro’s “busy”, “tightly packed” spin-off, a few doors away along Exmouth Market, combines Spanish and North African tastes into “terrific” tapas dishes, served in a “laid back” fashion. A second, slightly larger Morito on Hackney Road, not far from Columbia Road flower market, wins equally enthusiastic approval.
“An utterly brilliant tapas café, where you perch on stools, in the window or at the bar; staff are relaxed and chatty, and the food is expertly cooked, delicious and really good value”. That’s the low-down on Moro’s first spin off, a few doors down from the mothership, on Exmouth Market. Since last year it has a “more comfortable Hackney Road version” (near Columbia Road flower market). “Lovely Mediterranean-inspired dishes here too, plus a great spacious setting”, “very buzzy counter-style dining” and “you can book any time”. Top Menu Tips – “yummy aubergine fritters” (“I don’t know how they get them that crispy and tasty”); and a “scrumptious North African/Mediterranean twist on brunch”.
“Moro’s little sister two doors down from Moro itself” nowadays also has a Hackney outpost, near Columbia Road Flower Market, and although the newer branch is “more roomy” and “less frenetic than the original”, “pressure on tables is fierce” at both of these “crowded, small eateries”. That said, they “run like clockwork” on the whole, and service is “incredibly helpful and knowledgeable”. The draw? – “scrumptious” Spanish/North African tapas with “imaginative modern twists” at prices that are “terrific value”.
“Constantly astounding food, despite always being frenetically busy” means this Spanish/North African tapas spot in Exmouth Market is “just as good as big sister Moro next door” – some even “prefer it”. Good ratings too for its new Hoxton sibling, just a stone’s throw from Columbia Road Flower Market.
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