RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1

survey result

Summary

£67
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still going strong twenty years on…”, “still stylish…”, “still needing acoustic engineering…!” – Samuel & Samantha Clark’s “unflashy” Exmouth Market legend has maintained an enormous loyal fanclub over the years. The draw is its “consistently excellent cooking, with distinctive Spanish and North African flavours” (“so fresh and vibrant”); plus “a great list of sherries and wines”, all delivered in a “relaxed and buzzy” (“always noisy”) setting. But, for a growing minority of regulars, it’s “not always as good as yesteryear”: service “if well-meaning is sometimes patchy”; and “though the old-favourite dishes are still cracked out with aplomb, they’re not as adventurous as they once seemed”. Such reservations tend to be quibbles, rather than full-on complaints, however, and the overall consensus is that it’s “still a real favourite!”

Summary

£67
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still going strong twenty years on…”, “still stylish…”, “still needing acoustic engineering…!” – Samuel & Samantha Clark’s “unflashy” Exmouth Market legend has maintained an enormous loyal fanclub over the years. The draw is its “consistently excellent cooking, with distinctive Spanish and North African flavours” (“so fresh and vibrant”); plus “a great list of sherries and wines”, all delivered in a “relaxed and buzzy” (“always noisy”) setting. But, for a growing minority of regulars, it’s “not always as good as yesteryear”: service “if well-meaning is sometimes patchy”; and “though the old-favourite dishes are still cracked out with aplomb, they’re not as adventurous as they once seemed”. Such reservations tend to be quibbles, rather than full-on complaints, however, and the overall consensus is that it’s “still a real favourite!”

Summary

£61
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I’ve been coming for 20 years – it’s yet to disappoint”. Samuel & Samantha Clark’s “unpretentious” (“no cheffery”) Exmouth Market landmark still turns out “memorable Spanish and North African dishes, with a terrific selection of Spanish and Portuguese wines and sherries”. Indeed, for its vast fan club, “the only limitation is the noise: it’s not great for conversation” given how “echoey” the room can become. All this said, a small band of long-term fans do sound a warning note, feeling “the food has become a bit more variable in quality and interest” in recent years. It’s still a minority view though – most reporters are just “grateful not to live nearby: otherwise I’d never go anywhere else…”

Summary

£61
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I’ve been going for 20 years but it still surprises me” – Samuel and Samantha Clark’s epic Exmouth Market “institution” remains “a regular haunt” for hordes of reporters thanks to its “sunshine-filled” neo-Spanish and north African dishes, even if “the poor acoustics of this former supermarket make it hard to maintain a conversation when it’s busy”. By and large it “goes from strength to strength” – if ratings aren’t quite as stratospheric as once they were maybe it’s just “no longer so different from the competition as to be as remarkable as it was”.

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Moro Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Moro Restaurant in EC1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Moro restaurant.
J P
Contrary to current reviews this was absolu...
Reviewed 1 months, 8 days ago

"Contrary to current reviews this was absolutely up to scratch. Lovely, friendly, well-informed service. Super food -we chose the North African end of the menu and it was spot on. Highly recommended "

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Louise D
It is a marvellous place, filled with a lov...
Reviewed 4 months, 16 days ago

"It is a marvellous place, filled with a lovely waiting team and delicious spices. It’s a delight to be back. It’s always a bit noisy, what with all the hard surfaces, who cares when the food is vibrant and delicious."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £50.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 14

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£10.00 £28.00 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
34-36 Exmouth Mkt, London, EC1R 4QE
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5 pm‑12 am
Sunday12 pm‑2:15 pm

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