Morito Hackney Road | Hoxton Restaurant
Remember when no-one cared about nostalgia?
Those were the days.
Like back in 1997, when Moro first opened and everything was all-new: like their fresh style of North African & Spanish Moorish tapas, or their then-innovative, stripped-back space with countertop dining and a wood-fired grill.
And now – after almost two decades of letting everyone else catch up to them – they’ve finally opened a new space outside of Exmouth Market…
…Morito Hackney Road.
The minimal, bright space is dominated by a huge horseshoe bar with a beautiful blue marble countertop, and it’s all sandwiched by a polished concrete floor & ceiling.
This incarnation is an all-day affair, serving their usual brand of Moorish-inflected tapas, but this time with a heavy emphasis on Cretan dishes (whence the head chef hails). Mondays are all-vegan, with rhubarb and pistachio tabbouleh; deep-fried okra with pomegranate molasses and artichoke & pepper rice with spinach and chickpeas on the menu. And later in the week, that’s padded out with dishes like arak-cured trout; guinea fowl croquetas and slow-cooked pork shoulder with quince aioli – and their famous chocolate and olive oil mousse to cap it off.
There’s a staggering array of drinks on offer, too – from vermouths and sherries to wines by the carafe; quirky, non-alcoholic coolers and classic cocktails.
Just in case you’re feeling nostalgic.
NOTE: Morito Hackney Road is open for lunch Tues-Fri, dinner Mon-Fri, and all day on weekends (including breakfast from 9.30am). They take bookings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on their website… but also have room at the bar for walk-ins.
Morito Hackney Road | 195 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
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