34-36 Exmouth Market, EC1 020 7833 8336 www.moro.co.uk Open lunch & dinner Mon-Fri, dinner Sat private functions only for Sat lunch & all day Sun Few restaurants have attracted plaudits as unanimous and enthusiastic as those applied to Moro since it opened in i997. Confusingly named husband-and-wife team Sam and Sam Clark shared their culinary schooling at the pioneering Eagle gastropub see below just down the road, and also at the celebrated River Cafe see p4i in Hammersmith. From these two gastronomic beacons they’ve adopted the sensible policy of letting the quality of fine ingredients shine through in simple dishes. Their unique contribution to both the concept and the London food scene comes from applying these principles to an inspired crossover of Spanish and North African cuisine as the name Moro, meaning Moor” in Spanish, implies. The results can be sampled in, say, a meal of ajo blanco Spanish garlic and almond soup, followed by quail baked in flatbread, with rosewater and cardamom ice cream to finish. If you only want to snack, tapas are available from the long zinc bar that runs along one side of the casual though often frenetically noisy dining room.