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Review: Seafood and Sherry Festival at Morito

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I feel I need to open this with an apology. I really should have posted about the Morito Seafood & Sherry Festival before it finished last weekend so you could all rush there. It was all the craptops fault again – it ate my memory card, and it took until the end of this past week to recover the photos. So, apologies. I really need to upgrade.

Back to nicer things, seafood and sherry loveliness aside, Morito is one of my favourite restaurants in London. Cosied up next to big brother Moro next door, Morito is a glam little Spanish bar, serving authentic and delicious tapas, often with a Moorish twist, and great wines and sherry too. I am often found there nursing a glass of my favourite Basque white wine Txacoli.

Morito

The seafood and sherry matching was irresistible – you know how I love sherry – and in terms of the seafood on offer we got to try menu rarities like monkfish liver and cuttlefish roe served with great sherries like Tio Pepe En Rama. The price was excellent at £35 per head.

I went with a friend so we ordered one of everything and got to taste the whole menu.

Sea bass seviche

We started with a sea bass seviche, beautifully tender and with notes of orange and spices, and lovely bacala croquetas served with a lovely La Gitana manzanilla.

Morito  – bacalao croquetas

Moving on to Pastrana Pasada Manzanilla we had palamos prawns with a lovely almost grassy mojo verde and a razor clam with salpicón & chorizo. Neither of us wanted to share the razor clam, it was so good. The prawns were succulent and sweet and plentiful.

Morito – prawns

Morito - razor clam

Then on to Tio Pepe fino, a dry and less complex sherry but perfect for the rich monkfish liver with girolles and cuttlefish roe with red pepper & preserved lemon, which really needed something like this to cut through.

Morito – cuttlefish roe

Tio Pepe En Rama was next one of my favourites, an unfiltered sherry that is released in May every year fresh from the barrel. With a rich and complex flavour, almost mushroomy at times, this was great with red mullet with garum sauce and a fabulous moroccan stuffed sardine with cumin & coriander.

Morito – sardine

Reaching the end but still hungry for more, the portions were perfect taster sizes and not too filling, we had an Alfonso Oloroso with scallop with oloroso and crab with chilli & oloroso. Both were delicious, and we were reduced to fighting over the scallop. The crab was cloud light and fragrant. Fabulous.

Morito – we liked the scallop

Morito – crab

We decided against dessert as we were just nicely satiated, deciding instead on another glass of sherry. It was a wonderful menu and evening.

Morito, can you please run it again?

Morito



Morito, 32 Exmouth Market Islington, Greater London EC1R 4QE
020 7278 7007

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6 Comments

  1. Satitated? Ooh, sounds interesting. Good price for all that – was it including drinks?

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  2. I love that tapas style of eating, a little bit of this a little bit of that is always a good thing. That sardine looks utterly ‘dive in’ delicious and those prawns wouldn’t last 2 seconds with me around. I think people expect me to only ever eat British cuisine because I write a blog about it, but I do love this too, I wouldn’t be much of a foodie if I didn’t! Plus where is the rule book for set cuisines anyway, I had an argument with a friend once because he disagreed that I put pizza on the blog, I got quite angry and defensive actually because my response was actually millions of Britons enjoy pizza every day, it’s a huge part (if not a more recent one) of our cuisine just as a roast dinner. I wouldn’t put a seviche on the blog because it’s not as absorbed, but who’s to say that in 5 years or so we have seviche bars popping up all over the place and you can buy ‘kits’ from the supermarket. I also pointed out that actually most of our ingredients we consider British actually came from the romans! I do go off track sometimes don’t I. I fear that when I’m old I’m going to be one of those rambling old men that hoards rubbish and swears at passing cars.

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