It’s a good thing Casa Morita’s menu is so brief – the potent cocktails don’t do much for your reading comprehension. Like the food, they’re tasty and remarkably cheap (just £5 for a smoky mezcal margarita). The bargain prices suit the setting, even if this is no longer any old indoor market thanks to the arrival of a plethora of interesting eateries over the past few years. Taco appetisers used good, chewy corn tortillas; the version with chicken mole was a little dry, but it packed a decent chocolate hit. Cochinita pibil, a Yucatán peninsula speciality of pulled pork, gave subtle notes of orange juice and achiote, and was painter’s-palette colourful, with pink marinated onions, sweetcorn-studded rice and adobe brown refried beans. Enchiladas suizas were, thankfully, not too creamy, and enlivened by a slop of tangy green tomatillo salsa. Service can be market-trader curt, and there aren’t any toilets attached to the restaurant (though there are some in the market). Do finish with the chocolate cake: laced with morita and árbol chillis, it’s a zingy dream for just £3.75.
|Venue name:||Casa Morita||Contact:|
9 Market Row
|Cross street:||Brixton Market|
|Opening hours:||Open noon-10.30pm Tues-Fri; 10am-10.30pm Sat; 10am-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Brixton tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£10|
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Worst meal I've had this year. Asked to have the bill half way through the set menu 1 and they only offered a measly 10% discount. Servers were obviously overstretched which led to bad service throughout (forgotten orders, not being aware of what dishes they were bringing to us, cold food etc) but food was truly worse than the sub-par stuff that I cook at home.
Some of the best Mexican food I've eaten in London. Real Mexican food, not the trashy tex mex some of these reviewers are obviously used to. Wonderful in its simplicity and authenticity. Their mole sauce is second to none.
Avoid only if you, like the reviewers above, usually eat in Taco Bell and Macdonalds
This was possibly the worst Mexican food I have ever eaten. I'm not even sure they know where Mexico is on a map. I ordered a Tostada which was made up of mainly a hard lettuce core... it mostly tasted sour.... really terrible experience, the waitress was clueless, she even forgot 3 dishes, by the time we'd eaten the disgusting food, we gave up waiting, paid and left. Don't eat here.
Disappointing. Huevos rancheros - ask for a spoon if you are prepared to eat it. It was drowning is tomato sauce/soup instead of the tomato salsa as promised on the menu. Apparently it's their most popular dish....just goes to show the British will put up with poor over priced food. We returned our dishes without tasting them because I refuse to pay for disappointing food now. Casa Morita may have been good once and I am sure it probably was, but our experience - very poor quality. Sorry guys.
Dreadful. This was my worst experience in a restaurant or cafe for a long time. This food was about as Mexican as beans on toast. The food lacked flavour and substance. Clearly the people running get the place have never seen or eaten good Mexican food. The previous reviewer is spot on about the soup. Our Heuvos Rancheros were served as a soup - we sent it back. All three dishes were extremely poor. How anyone can think this place is good is beyond me.
My friend and I ate at Casa morita tonight expecting authentic mexican - as it says on their menu. We ordered 2 mains which were burtios with feta tomatillo and refried beans. All of which were in soup form. The service was also bad. We spent £45 for baby food and one drink each. I would not recommend this resturant to any one. All the food i saw served to other customers was also pureed. I didn't know mexican food was like soup. The picture on their website didnt look anything like what we were served. Brixton village maybe getting a reputation for being a great place to eat, but I think all the professional reveiwers should go there again and re- evaluate. Its their opinions that encourage people to go there. The service was terrible. The waitress was half asleep and didn't give a shit. Unfortunately the 20 somethings of brixton are all conned by these sorts of places.
I was initially worried when my quesadilla showed up with cheddar cheese in it, but the mole was very well prepared and delicious. The Sopa Azteca was also lovely with a nice amount of heat -- had to take my coat off even though we were sitting outside -- and the feta they used was an acceptable substitute for cotija. Not sure if they always have problems getting authentic cheeses, but if they had the meal would have easily been 5 stars.
I don't usually write reviews but feel Timeout's two-star rating is a bit unfair so felt compelled to write this: Visited Casa Morita with friends. We all thought that the food was great, especially the chicken mole tacos (which go very well with the dark Negra Modelo beer. Cosy place, though in the freezing temperatures of last night the shop frontage couldn't quite keep out the cold. Would definitely visit again.
We went to this restaurant on a recommendation to get a quick pre-theatre bit. Was a bit tentative based on these reviews - but we had a brilliant experience. The staff were very attentive and friendly. The margheritas packed a real punch and the food was tasty, spicy and very more-ish! Overall a lively and caring atmosphere - we'll definitely be back!
Wow, for the price the portions were small and lacking in any flavour at all. Even the chili sauce couldnt add any excitement. No issues with the service and the wine was fine but overall i'd say it's one to avoid.
This is definitely in my top 3 of Brixton Market with Honest Burger and Franco Manca. The food is excellent. Get a few tacos to share for a starter and then move onto the chicken enchiladas for a main. They are sloppy and delicious. My girlfriend had the Alambre tacos, which are all cheesy and meaty, but that's what it said it would be on the menu Time Out!! It's definitely one of the richer options, so go for something else if your looking for the tangy-salsa-filled mexican dishes. The light Mexican beers are refreshing, but the Margheritas are the best, although I'm yet to be brave enough to go for the chilli Mezqal ones yet. RECOMMENDED
Visited this place when it had nt been open very long-made another visit on Sunday. It was good on my first visit, it is now very very very! good. The place has really got into its stride-they have built a frontage to keep the biting wind at bay-so its one of the cosiest eateries in the market,and they have more specials on the menu I spotted Albondigas after 7pm I ate the Enchiladas Suizas-which were delicious and managed a good sized bowl of Sopa Azteca. Their spicing which I felt was a little tentative on my first visit (maybe guaging their customers palates?) is now full blown Mexican and all the better for it-and those lovely little bowls of something hot they put on the tables to dip your tortillas in seriously warms the tongue! First Class!
For all that brixton village has to offer give this a miss. Staff maybe friendly but this does not override the fact that the food is average and the portions small. 1.30 for a tiny glass of overcooked navhos was a joke even if they were needed for the smooth tangy spicy guac. Margaritas were tasty but too small for a fiver especially when you see what you get next door. All in all average Mexican in London, if your in brixton then queues for honest burger, the brick box, French and grace or francamanca and get you pennies worth and hear good to go with. Also FYI its not byo
this looked a good place on passing-what a let down!Friendly smiles,great-so you wait all expectant-Need a magnifying glass to see the portions,bring your own table top grill to warm up the food,This is kit form tex-mex,dismal unappetising and pricey. Good points; fun decor,free glasses water,nice if useless staff and you can always go shopping in the market for avocados and meaty things and spices to rustle up your own take on Mexico!.
This place is great. Time Out should really employ some critics that know about food and not kids who feel they need to be controversial to stand out. This review is another example of lazy reporting and such destain for anything South of the river that it's almost laughable. However, if they keep people who think like like this away from Brixton then i may have underestimated their brilliance.
Great atmosphere, friendly service, tasty food... absurdly small portions and dramatically overpriced.
Been down twice now, and both myself and my girlfriend love the food and the atmosphere. The service is laid back though very efficient, and very friendly. We don't mind grabbing our own cutlery if they're busy, we're just happy to see so many people enjoying the food and happy they are busy! Both of us being from North America, we have very much missed real Mexican food and this is truly up to scratch. The best we've had in London and will return as often as we can.
Been here once and would not go again. The taste is not really the problem, although still not amazing. But the portion size was miniscule. £5 for a tiny taco with a thin spread of refried beans, some lettuce and a bit of guacamole?
I went to "Casa Morita" with my Catalan/Spanish girlfriend and her mother, for lunch on a Sunday. The service was very slow (we had to ask to be served after we sat for more than 15 minutes at the table) but very friendly.
My girlfriend and her mum chose the "Taco Mix Meal" for £9.50 and they both chose Taco de Mole con Pollo, Taco de Cochinita Pibil, and Quesadilla con Chorizo. Fillings were generous - but not very tasty. Portions were small. The added lettuce stripes came without any dressing whatsoever - so bring your rabbit.
I chose the Chilaquiles with Chorizo for £7.50 (see photo). This was a rather small portion consisting of 2 small fried eggs, one tablespoon of chorizo filling, two table spoons of beans, one small fried tortilla swimming in tomato water - hence soggy and not crispy. One(!) ring of fresh onion, some chilli sauce, and some sour cream. No fresh cheese to be seen. Not very tasty - better add some salt. All in all rather average but certainly overpriced.
The joke of the day was the Guacamole side dish for £3 (see photo), barely more than a table spoon and so uninteresting that we did not even finish it.
So - I find this place irrelevant and overpriced - and I am surprised about all the enthusiastic comments. Did I come on the wrong day, maybe? In any case, I won't come again. But I wouldn't say "don't go". Just be prepared to get very average food at a relatively high price.
And last but not least, the three of us were wondering if it is a coincidence that the name "Casa Morita" sounds so similar to the well-known, fabulous "Morito" on Exmouth Market.