Restaurants , Spanish Clerkenwell
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Rob Greig

The downside of this diminutive tapas bar, little sister of Moro next door, is its unceasing popularity. You can’t book for dinner (though you can for lunch), which, unless you have the timing of Eric Morecambe, almost always means a wait – though staff are happy for you to decamp elsewhere and will phone as soon as space becomes free. The upside is that the food is fantastic, the staff delightful and the atmosphere properly buzzing, as everyone is so pleased to be there.

The high stools next to the bright orange bar offer the best view of the action, and are marginally more comfortable than the oddly low tables – but in general it’s a cramped experience. Do sample as many dishes as you can from the 40-strong list. Everything we tried was superb, from the very simple (tomato toast, lip-tingling pádron peppers) to old faves (patatas bravas topped with a thick, spicy tomato sauce and dollop of mayo) and regional specialities (grilled Galician tetilla cheese, with membrillo and walnut halves, and sizzling Palamós prawns with allioli).

Desserts include a first-rate crema catalana (large enough for two), but the rich, boozy baklava ice-cream floating in a pool of Pedro Ximénez – the result of a happy kitchen accident, apparently – takes some beating. To drink, there are cocktails, sherries and an all-Spanish wine list, available by the glass, 375ml carafe or bottle.


Venue name: Morito
Address: 32 Exmouth Market
Opening hours: Tapas served noon-4pm, 5-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Farringdon tube/rail or bus 19, 38, 341
Price: Tapas £1-£8.50. Meal for two with wine and service: around £60
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Vishaal V

Fantastic food. The vegetarian meze changes regularly and offers a great selection of small eats. The best dish for veggies though is the roast tomatoes on toast with dukkah and goats cheese - very unusual taste but works well. Do not miss the desserts - they were all very good. Though if you are looking for something unique go for the yoghurt cake. Finally, although the menu appears not to have much for vegetarians there is enough variety for sure. 

We went on a Monday night and it was full, so booking is recommended. 

Shona R

This may be on the of the best spots on exmouth market.  Everything on the menu seems delicious and makes you want to try it, and should be accompanied by the large range of sherry available.  The small space means its ideal for a date or for a small group of no more than 4, but it is worth it.  The prices do rack up as you pay for a bunch of small plates (but that's the same as most tapas places).  The pork belly, aubergine and spiced lamb are my current favourites, but I'm sure as the menu changes this will too.

We hadn't booked but waited across the road for an hour for the table to be free and it was well worth it!

Stop reading... and just plan a trip there

Ioanna La

Morito is one of my favourite places in London and probably the one I have visited most when it comes to food! It is clearly not meant to make you feel full afterwards - it's a tapas bar - but after reading the menu you will probably want to try everything, including their great house Spanish wine, and end up spending a small fortune. That was my case anyway! Some highly recommended dishes are the jamon iberico bellota - if you like jamon you will really appreciate this, the tortilla of the day and of course the crispy aubergine, the dish which is probably the reason I am going again and again! The place is really small so if it is more than 4 of you then you better consider going elsewhere. Nice interior, great vibes and good service combined with great flavours and OK prices. You just need to go, now!

Jennifer S

I really want to give this place more stars but I just can't as a) the menu online was slightly different from what I was given when I was seated and b) the aubergine fries were incredibly bland apart from the sweet sauce and yogurt accompaniment.

I decided to sit outside tonight on this pleasant Monday evening and chose one of the benches against the wall. Not the most comfortable place to eat but doable. 

For starters I was so disappointed the fig and cheese dish I saw online and walked 30 minutes to get was out. It turns out the daily menu is posted in the AM but changes halfway through the day or late afternoon for the evening and that is not reposted. So the dishes that ran out at lunch- such as the figs- wouldn't make it to the evening menu. 

Disappointed, I ordered the beetroot, dill, walnuts and goat cheese dish and this was what the full three stars is for. It's lovely. I am not a huge beetroot fan but this won me over with the flavour combos. I devoured the whole thing. It's perfectly light but so very tasty. 

I also got the crispy aubergine and man, what a letdown. The fries themselves are totally bland. I mean literally, no flavour except for the kickass, slightly sweet dressing (like BBQ sauce) and creamy yogurt dots that are fantastic. I love the dressing alone but even they could not save the fries. :(

The service was prompt which I appreciated as well. It's a tiny establishment and there are no reservations.

Alexandra L

Morito made me love aubergine. Yep. It’s their fault. Never really liked it before but the way they do it here in the little sister of Clerkenwell stalwart Moro? Well let’s just say the aubergine and I have a lot of making up for lost time to get busy with. There are a lot of other things I loved about this new girl on Hackney Road but I gotta start with the biggest and most important in my mind and the fact that there’s now something else in the world for me to devour and love with passion is pretty damn important to me.

As a Tube devotee who balks at the first world problem of finding nearby over ground stations, I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest place in the world to get to but I’d swear on all that is good and delicious – yes, I am talking about those aubergine again – that it’s absolutely worth it.

I expected more tables given the pretty generous size of the open plan dining room however the kitchen and bar area take up a fair portion so unless you’re super lucky or arrive as the door is being opened, chances are you’re gonna have to wait. The Wednesday night we arrived was packed but heralded two seats in the window by the door almost instantly; perfect for people watching, it did prove a little challenging plate wise given that we ordered enough food to feed the cast of one of Peter Jackson’s low budget elfish epics.

The menu is the perfect size with a good number of options under each heading; starters, vegetables, fish, meat & dessert. At £14.50 for the most expensive plate on offer, this is a great place to come with a group of your greediest friends to share both the dishes & the bill. Easing your stomach in gently gave us a couple of winners that included the pan con tomate with jamon – warm & soft with the sun-soaked flavours of the Med spilling out with each bite – and the beautifully varied bread basket. ‘I’m sorry, I’m not eating bread’ confessed my dining buddy. ‘I’m not sorry in the slightest’, I retorted as I tore apart piece after piece with the sort of voracity that might lead you to conclude I was carb-loading for the London Marathon.

A spiced chopped salad with avocado was decent enough although there are more exciting things to spend your money on in the vegetables group which was my favourite selection of dishes on the menu; those afore lusted over aubergines were served as a plate of crispy chips topped with soft nuggets of feta and sweet, stick streaks of date molasses and I would crawl back from whatever damn Overground I could find to eat another plate of these, arms wrapped protectively round the dish like some sort of vegetarian miser.

The cheese fritters with Cretan thyme honey are rapidly becoming one of the standout dishes of London’s dining scene this year and justifiably so; softly crunchy exteriors give way to the lightest, fluffiest, almost moussiest cheese imaginable and really I urge you to forgo all thoughts of being a good neighbour and sharing that honey magnanimously with your dining companions. This is a dish designed to be pictured under the heading ‘may the best man win’ and in this case, you know I did.

Chicharonnes finally convinced me that I could not only like pork belly but actually devour the majority of a portion that arrived charred and crispy with glossy juices oozing out at the lightest pressing of a fork, a finger, a greedy gulp. Lamb chops were char grilled and swaying in a pool of golden anchovy butter; they’re small so account for that when ordering and just when you think you’ve counted up the right number for your group, throw another 3 or 4 on top of that for luck.

I have to confess to being far too full to contemplate dessert – that’s what happens when you’re left along with a bread basket and the assorted dukkah sprinkled, labneh marbled remains of this many dishes – but I’ve already earmarked the filo, cherry & peach salad for next time. There’s a lot of places bidding for your time and your money in the capital right now but I urge you to make Morito one that you actually do visit…just err, don’t get the aubergine, yeah, you won’t like that at all, best leave it for me…

Cláudia M

What it could have been a nice walk in to a tapas place on a warm spring day, end up as a big disappointment.

I arrived in a party of 2 and found a full bar counter, a few tables in also occupied, but a free table at the terrace outside which was OK since the weather was so lovely.

The waitress told us to sit, and after a few minutes she brought us the menu and ask us about water.

After at least 10min someone brings the water and runs away without taking our order.

Since me and my date we work both in hospitality, we understood that it was a busy night for them and we remained patient.

After 15min of our arrival we finally ordered 3 tapas and 2 drinks, with no apologetic attitude from the waitress part.

In the meantime the weather started to change and we could sense that would start raining soon, so our patience started to vanish.

We waited 20 more min with no drinks still, to receive a side of tomatoes dropped on our table with no explanation whatsoever.

Finally I lost my patience and ask the waitress what was going on...

We ordered 3 tapas (one of them bread), we didn't get any drinks in 30 min and all what arrives on the table is a little side of tomatoes.

Her attitude was the worst, she just said OK I will check, with a face of "who cares", and at that point I just decided to leave.

We explained politely to the waitress why we weren't staying what she replayed: "so you want to cancel everything (who cares), OK..."

This was such an embarrassing experience and so disappointing really...

They should have better organisation, perhaps a waiter to take care of the terrace side, and more enthusiastic staff.

Ray D

I go every 6 months, every time I'm like this was the best time. the menu is always changing but a few old favourites are always around, that beetroot one and the lamb, and the specials: some kind of rare tuna with almond, still remember exactly how that tasted; sardines with something really green a bit like pesto; also had percebes there once which was awesome, (pretty hard to get hold of in london!). Don't get put off if they're full, leave your name and go for a pint down the road, or just wait if you can, it's well worth it.

Tasnim K

I had a table booking for lunch for a friend's birthday a couple of weeks ago. I already was looking forward to it as the emails were so polite and accomodating.Even though they were completely packed at lunch (its a tiny place) and we were 10 minutes late, they had kept our table (which on the website they say the keep for bigger groups and there were just 2 of us). The spiced lamb and the chickpea dishes in particular were incredible, as was the £1.50 glass of pomegranate juice. Blonde waitress was so lovely, and the whole place is full of a really chatty buzz. love it!

Sarah G
Staff Writer

A brilliant and inventive tapas bar – shame there aren't more seats. The fried chickpeas are a favourite dish from the ever evolving menu – but it's pretty much all perfect. Staff are speedy – and always try to find a space for you.


fight to get a table or space at the bar.. this is perhaps the best food experience, i have ever encountered in London.. the basic decor and comfort is easily compensated as your senses are transported to another world... incredible just like big brother Moro. i also think prices on the boards are okay.

Joao Pires

It's not just a spanish tapas bar/restaurant. The food has got influences from portuguese and north africa's cuisine. One of the best (cheap) places in london, definitely.




Absolutely amazing restaurant, food to die for, and fabulous ambience. If you have a little bit of extra cash to spend, then well worth the trip, as it aint cheap. However, just a pointer to the Timeout team, this is a truly traditional and innovative Spanish restaurant; not African, not Middle Eastern - SPANISH! ;)

Z Lee

Not often I say this but, absolutely fabulous!.. without the darling. Great food without the pomp, and you can quite easily control the price of your meal, if like me, you are on a budget. Everything I've had at this resaurant has been good, but I have particularly enjoyed the fried chickpeas, ( i dont usually eat chickpeas!) the lamb dishes and the squid, also the pork fillet, ice cream and espresso coffee. Wine is reasonably priced and delicious!... Shame it isn't open on a Sunday though.


A group of us ate at Morito last Saturday and Moro for lunch earlier this week. Morito won hands down (although Moro was by no means poor)! We had great service - every effort was made to keep 9 of us together. It was a bit of a squeeze but what a good atmosphere. We loved the food and thought value for money - although yeah maybe expected more than 1 scallop in the tapas dish :-)


Thoroughly enjoyed the tapas here although would agree with the comments below, thought it was a tad expensive for the size of portions. I have had far better value, equally tasty tapas elsewhere, but it was still delicious in the main. Footnote: ordered a small glass of Rioja, got a carafe, oh well, managed to drink it anyway!


hugely overrated and overpriced. Food was average. There are much better similar places, with more generous portions and tastier food.

Richard B

Portions very small and not half as nice as I would expect from a Time Out 5 star restaurant. The only real highlight was the potatoes with chilli and coriander, but nothing came close to the standard I've got used to at places like Brindisa. Won't be going back.


The service here is rude, surly and snotty. For a tapas bar with plastic chairs one would expect a more fun laid-back joie-de-vie atmosphere. It is overly tourist oriented and does not care about serving customers so much as having as many seats open to turn around quickly and make a buck. Get over yourselves.