The last few weeks have been taken up with moving (packing/unpacking/cleaning/traumatic Ikea trip), and lots of late night working. Although I haven’t been writing over this time, I have still been eating, and finally got the chance to sit down today and put some blog posts together.
The first is about my lunch at Moro a few weeks ago for my brother’s birthday. Although I get the chance to go on great lunches for work, another opportunity for a free meal is if my parents are payng. I might be nearly 25 with a job and flat, but I’m hoping I can eke out their generosity for a little longer (I have promised to treat them to fancy meals when I make my fortune – my way of doing so is still rather TBC unfortunately).
I recently blogged about their next-door tapas bar Morito, but this is the first time I have made it to the original Moro. The room is a lovely space, and the menu has both Spanish and Moorish influences, with a heady mix of spicing and intriguing flavour combinations.
One of the most interesting dishes was the Mansaf, a silky, lightly tangy yoghurt broth with lamb kifta, chickpeas, almonds and pine nuts (£7). The Pulpo a la Gallega (£8.50) was beautifully tender octopus and potato with a spicy orange slick of paprika oil. The seared pork fillet with pomegranate molasses and sesame seeds was also very tasty, and came with their brilliant crispy fried chickpeas (£8.50).
From the mains the roasted pork (£18.50) with turnips cooked with sherry vinegar, red onion and black beans was a nice alternative to a more traditional roast pork (but still came with crunchy crackling). The chicken with slow-cooked shallots (£18.50) was moist and tender, with creamy mashed potato and giant muscatel raisins (although it did mean they had giant seeds inside).
My main was smoky charcoal grilled bream with koshary (£18.50), an Egyptian dish of rice, lentils, chickpeas and macaroni with a sweet tomato sauce, that was comforting and delicious (never mind people who sniff at double carbs on a plate – I’m all for embracing quadruple carbs).
We then tried all the desserts including the yoghurt cake with pistachios and pomegranate seeds (£7), and the lightly fragrant rosewater and cardamom ice cream (£6).
I loved trying new completely new dishes with the bold flavours used – I’ll continue cooking from the Moro cookbooks, but would be very happy to return. (Just on a final note – if the photos look better on this post, it’s because they are taken with a proper camera rather than my slightly battered digital compact. Thanks T for the photography!).