MORITO | HACKNEY ROAD
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.
Food-wise, this incarnation will actually be an all-day affair, also serving regularly rotating Moorish tapas, but this time with a heavy emphasis on Cretan dishes (the head chef hails from there). Expect the likes of made-to-order Moroccan breakfast breads; charcoal-grilled fish with new season’s garlic; and kid mechoui (BBQ) with goat’s curd, preserved lemon, and harissa.
Drinks-wise there’s a fine selection of local craft beers, however the draught taps lining the bar are in fact reserved for – wait for it – wine & sherry, all of which comes from Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. Thankfully, though, you can get it in bottles too…
…in case you’re feeling nostalgic.
NOTE: Morito Hackney Road serves from 9am-2pm, and from 5:30-10pm. 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
Inset image credit: Clerkenwell Boy EC1
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