Birthday lunch at Moro


Yesterday was my birthday and we took the day off to spend a while at Moro for lunch. I only recently discovered the whole Moro thing when I bought myself Casa Moro for Christmas. I spent several days poring through the recipes. Letting my brother hold the book on boxing day he read it for a couple of hours while I watched, wondering when I could have it back.

I bought Pomegranate molasses, ras el hanout, sumac, bulgur wheat and dry chickpeas. We had pomegranate in salads, made crispy onion lentils and winter cous cous. Above all I love the carrot and feta dip with crispy pita bread.

So yesterday, the birthday wish saw our pilgrimage to Moro in Exmouth Market. We enjoyed and savoured each course. Beware the delicious bread to begin with. Make sure you have a sherry.

I based my choice of main on the walnuts and leeks – the lamb sounded very good but it was walnuts I knew I wanted. The fennel that came with Kevin’s pork was heaven. Next time I’m getting the mixed vegetable mezze. The meat was beautiful but by god these guys know how to do vegetables.

The yoghurt cake was every bit as good as we’d heard. One review I’d read said at first sight it looked like a mistake. It’s not. The yoghurt cake is like a gooey pavlova panetone with natural yoghurt and pistachios. The matching desert wine was equally brilliant.

It was quite magic seeing my food heroes the Sams working in the kitchen, spooning food onto plates, watching over the restaurant. What a birthday treat it was. What a treat Moro is.

I must say something about the out of focus foregrounds as well – next time I’ll sit further back from my plate






7 responses to “Birthday lunch at Moro”

  1. Mondomulia avatar

    I work close to Exmouth Market and yet I still haven’t had the chance to try Moro. I blame it on quick lunch breaks and non-foodie colleagues!! I really loved your photos and review!

  2. Gillian avatar

    Happy Birthday for yesterday! The meal looks amazing.

  3. Ellie, Cornflower Kitchen avatar

    Beautiful photos. I’ve not been to Moro yet but, like you, have been salivating over the recipes in Casa Moro!

  4. Anna avatar

    Haaaappy Birthday, Charlotte!

    Looks like you had a wonderful day 🙂

    I’ve been curious about the Moro cookbooks for a while but haven’t known which one to get — which of the three would you recommend for someone who loves these flavors but is still something of a novice cook?

    1. admin avatar

      Definitely get Casa Moro – wonderful, (mostly) easy.

      You just need to invest in a few new ingredients (Pomegranate Molasses for example) and they’ll teach you how to think about flavour differently – it’s absolutely marvellous.

  5. Kim avatar

    Oh yum. Looks delicious. I need to learn more interesting ways to cook veggies – tracking down Casa Moro as we speak.

  6. Emma Galloway avatar

    Oh you lucky girl!! I dream of one day eating at Moro 🙂 Happy belated Birthday too.

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