Moorish restaurant Moro has been on my wish list for ages and because it was my birthday I thought I would tick it off the list and discover if all the hype was deserved. I have unashamedly been sneaking a look at the menu while eating salad for lunch at my desk and decided that it would be perfect for my birthday dinner – my mouth watered at the thought of this delicious feast.
Moro is modestly nestled amongst a row of restaurants and hip watering holes on this quiet pedestrian street in Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell. When I arrived, the warm, comforting buzz was reinforced by the friendly welcoming service. I was sold on the atmosphere alone!
There are loads of great wines from around the world and we plumped for the Guelbenzu Azul notable for its fruity berry notes. Within seconds we had a basket of freshly baked sour dough bread on the table to nibble on. For starters I went with the beetroot and asparagus salad with cecina (cured meat) and almond dressing. The dressing was sweetly flavorsome and I finished off by wiping my plate clean with the crusty bread.
For main, I decided on the signature dish of slow cooked kid which sadly was no longer on the menu due to over whelming demand. Instead, I opted for grilled lamb with, fried aubergines, chilli and mint. The combination of these fresh flavours was the perfect contrast to the succulence of the meat. For a sweet ending I was torn between the rose and cardamon ice cream and apricot and chocolate tart. (I can be so indecisive when it comes to pud) but went for the tart. The dark chocolate was rich and luscious and perfectly balanced with the sourness of the fresh apricot layer below and crispy thin pastry. A good choice and a perfect ending to this faultless meal.
To book or find out more visit www.moro.co.uk.
by Yesim Mourat
[picture credits: Moro; loremipsum/Andrew Lin; miche11e]