Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Lunching Londoner #2: Exmouth Market - Moro market stall

It is a stunning day today in London. You cannot, under any circumstances, visit your basement cafeteria on a day like this. So I hailed a number 63 bus Exmouth Markettowards Kings Cross, getting off at Mt Pleasant, where the fabulous Exmouth Market resides. This is one of my favourite markets; compact, excellent food, and most excellent (Kiwi!) coffee at Caravan. I pick up my fortnightly supply of ground coffee here, and sometimes have a sneaky pre-lunch espresso if I feel I need it.

I joined the 15-strong queue for the Moro market stall, which is a few metres away from Moro the restaurant. I first heard of Moro when my sister worked there years ago. I haven't yet been to the restaurant (it's a little pricey), but it is firmly on my birthday/special occasion list. The market stall, however, is much more affordably priced at £5 for flat bread with couscous, salad and chicken tagine, or spiced lamb. Today, it was marinated free range chicken served in flat bread, with lentils, couscous, aubergine, salad, borani (a beetroot and yoghurt sauce) and chilli sprinkled on top. 

If you go just a little further down the road, you'll spot a lane that says "Spa Fields". Turn down here, and you'll find a beautiful park, with plenty of seating and green grass. My Moro lunch; lovely fresh salad, with dangerously coloured sauce (don't buy if you're wearing white). Yummy soft grilled and marinated aubergine. Couscous, and hidden away underneath, tender free range chook with earthy lentils. Peasant food at its best. It's all served in a flat bread that acts as a bowl. I'm not quite sure how you're supposed to eat the flat bread, but it looks pretty.

Moro marinated chicken

Cost    £5
Food rating    4.5 out of 5
Service    3.5 out of 5 (a friendly and efficient few words of English interspersed with a babbling of Spanish to colleague)


  1. I miss those flavours.

    1. I can't wait to go there for dinner... once I have saved up my pennies.

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