RestaurantsLondonClerkenwellEC1

survey result

Summary

£73
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A firm favourite for years” – Sam & Sam Clark’s Exmouth Market stalwart helped put the area on London’s foodie map and maintains a huge fan club with its “vibrant” and “deliciously spiced” Spanish and Moroccan influenced dishes, “alongside an excellent list of Spanish wines and sherries!” That there’s “nothing poncy about the place” is much of its enduring appeal, although “what with all those hard surfaces, it’s always a bit noisy” (sometimes deafeningly so). There is a small minority who feel the experience here is “not quite what it was” in days gone by. Even they can feel it’s “still worth patronising”, though, and most reporters would go much further – “Every time I go, I vow to go more often!”

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…”

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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.
James T
4 of us for Sunday lunch. Excellent wine re...
Reviewed 6 days ago

"4 of us for Sunday lunch. Excellent wine recommendations from the waitress at several stages (very interesting sparkling wine for example). Chestnut and chorizo soup was absolutely stunning; braised lamb shoulder with lentils, Savoy cabbage and anchovy & paprika butter very satisfying but not quite as wonderful. Cheeses solid. Ambience was dragged down by what was obviously a very large family get together which took up nearly half the restaurant and within which they’d parked half a dozen young children on their own table, largely unsupervised! "

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Rosalind S
Have to admit to being rather disappointed ...
Reviewed 5 months, 26 days ago

"Have to admit to being rather disappointed with the food - the rabbit starter was exceptionally garlicy (and I love garlic!) so it felt it took away the taste of the rabbit. My main included 'wrinkly potatoes with mojo'. This again is a favourite of mine from the Canary Islands but boy were they SALTY!! Too much. The worst aspect was the noisy restaurant - we left before coffee etc as we were struggling to hold a conversation against all the background noise from other diners. A real shame."

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Neil H
I really wanted to like Moro and the servic...
Reviewed 7 months, 18 days ago

"I really wanted to like Moro and the service was the best I have ever experienced. Unfortunately the food was on the whole quite ordinary with a lack of punch to the dishes."

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andrew d
Excellent food and service...
Reviewed 11 months, 2 days ago

"Excellent food and service"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.30 £28.00 £5.00 £9.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
34-36 Exmouth Mkt, London, EC1R 4QE
Opening hours
Monday5 pm‑10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:15 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:15 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:15 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:15 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:15 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:15 pm, 5:15 pm‑10:30 pm

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