I know I just wrote a rave review about one of my new favourite London tapas bars Barrafina, however those of you who have not heard of, or been to, Morito will be glad I’m sharing this with you today.
While the similarities to Barrafina are as such: they serve Spanish tapas, it’s bloody good and you can’t book, that’s really where the likeness ends.
Morito is a bit more low key. The interiors are a little dishevelled, a touch rustic, nothing flash. You come here for the tapas and for it’s location. It’s slap bang in the middle of Exmouth Market (those of you who read City Turtle will know I’m a little obsessed). If you’re lucky, you can even grab a table outside and soak up the buzzing vibe of this charming area.
It’s the little sister of it’s much respected neighbour Moro, a more sophisticated restaurant which serves Moorish food and is as adored as Morito (though with a higher price tag I might add).
The tapas is delicious. But the portions are small, while the prices are not. Still, if you compare it to other London restaurants (Barrafina, dare I say it), it isn’t ridiculous. I’d probably come here for a glass of wine and some pre-dinner bites rather than for a full on dinner. Because if you’re like me and you eat a lot, then you can rake up quite a bill.
Favourite? I’m a sucker for lamb, and the spiced lamb, aubergine, yoghurt and pine nuts was heavenly (as were the lamb chops, come to think of it). The salt cod croquettes were also fantastic, and not something I would usually have gone for. But I’m so glad we did. Another favourite was the crispy aubergine, whipped feta & date molasses. I love the North African influences, which spice it up a bit (literally).
Dislikes? They serve the wine (house wine commendable, and at £17 a bottle well priced) in tumblers, not wine glasses. They also serve the (copious amounts of) Espresso Martinis we ordered after dinner in said glasses. I know it probably doesn’t, but in my mind it takes away from the taste and the experience of the drink.
But apart from that I can’t complain. It can get busy and crowded, but you can leave your number and they’ll call you when there’s space (just like they do at my favourite Palomar). And this place is most definitely worth the wait.
32 Exmouth Market
London EC1R 4QE
Photos Morito’s own, and the Instagram one mine.