Moro returns to Wilderness!

The Moro Souk Tent

8-11 August 2013

Wilderness continues to delight festival goers’ taste buds with the return of the award-winning Moro restaurant to Cornbury Park.

Bringing a taste of the exotic to Wilderness with their stunning Souk dining tent, Sam and Sam Clark and the Moro team, will be serving delicious Moorish inspired feasts featuring local produce every day of the festival.  A separate menu including breakfast, a selection of tapas and mezze, all day mains and cocktails will also be available all weekend, complete with atmospheric tunes to complete the dining experience.

Moro founder Sam Clark says: “We are really excited to be at the Wilderness Festival for a third year with our fabulous Moro Souk tent!

“During Wilderness, the Moro team will be providing all-day delectable dishes, but in particular a sumptuous Feast which includes warm goat’s cheese with slow cooked tomato jam, Cornbury Park lamb mechoui roasted whole on a spit with grilled summer vegetable salad with mint and chilli, spiced labneh and tomato bulgur pilaf, topped off with Yoghurt cake with pistachios and local summer berries.

“We look forward to meeting and cooking for our fabulous festival goers.”

Tickets now on sale.

Wilderness menu 2013

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Summer Feast

4-7 July 2013

Summer is here (maybe) and Moro returning to London’s most exciting and adventurous food event!

FEAST has found itself a new home in Brick Lane Yard near London’s Spitalfields market, the old service yard for the brewers.  The site is bang in the heart of street food London and will make a welcome destination for hungry Londoners.

The fourth incarnation of FEAST’s colourful line-up of top chefs and street food heroes at sees some incredible dishes on the menu.  Moro will be serving up an array of dishes including charcoal grilled Cornish sardines with cornbread and gazpacho.

In recent years, Moro’s Exmouth Market food stall has established almost as many fans as the restaurant, providing husband and wife team Sam and Sam Clark with an outlet for their enthusiasm for authentic, Moorish street food.

Alongside Moro, this fourth FEAST welcomes new traders such as Spuntino, Flat Iron, and James Lowe (Young Turks)  alonside the FEAST stalwarts such as HIX and Meringue Girls as well as Moro’s Exmouth Market neighbour Caravan.

From Coconut shies, mini croquet lawn and boule to picnics, deck chairs and banquet style seating,  this Summer FEAST promises a unique and memorable day out for everyone.

Tickets are £9 and can be booked on the FEAST website: www.wefeast.co.uk

Brick Lane Yard
Buxton Street Gate (Corner of Buxton Street + Brick Lane)
London E1 5ER

Thursday 4th July: 6pm – 11pm
Friday 5th July: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday 6th July: Midday – 11pm
Sunday 7th July: Midday – 9pm

Feast Summer

Moro features at Secret Cinema’s Grand Eagle Hotel to the sound of Laura Marling

Secret Cinema

We’re really excited to be partnering with our friends at Secret Cinema again, this time providing food to accompany their live immersive music experience featuring the wonderful Laura Marling.

For 16 nights only, Laura’s latest album ‘Once I Was an Eagle’ will be brought to life in the Grand Eagle Hotel (est. 1865), a secret, unused building in Hackney, which has been transformed into a hotel in 1927, with a full live performance by Laura Marling.

From the 13th June until the 30th June, Secret Cinema will host the 1927 Eagle Ball to celebrate the re-opening of this glamorous resort, and release a limited amount of tickets to the currently sold out show as part of Secret Restaurant.

Hotel Master Thomas Undine and his staff will see to the well-being of all guests, and lead through the sonic experience with charm and elegance. All guests must observe a strict black-tie dress code to meet the expectations of the house, and join in the most spectacular ball of the year.

Secret Restaurant, under the auspices of Sam and Sam Clark and the Moro team, will open its doors every night exclusively to 36 guests, who will be immersed in the curious, romantic world of the Grand Eagle Hotel. Diners at the Secret Restaurant will take part in a lavish three-course banquet, featuring a variety of culinary delights. Patrons will be served chilled almond soup with sour cherry and black bread; roast quail with rose petals and pistachios with jewelled rice and herb salad; and Alfonso mango with pashmak.

We have also been appointed as suppliers of all foods to the Grand Eagle Hotel: in the Dining rooms, and in the Pantry Kitchen.  All guests can revel in an array of dishes including a special vegan option designed by Laura Marling, a passionate chef herself.

Tickets are available here.

This month’s Lebanese-inspired menu

On the 12th of May, Moro hosted a Sunday Lunch Club, inspired by Sam and Sam’s travels to Lebanon.

If you missed out, or just want to revisit the tastes you experienced, then you’re in for a treat.  This month, Moro’s menu will feature dishes from the event, with a selection of Massaya wines available by the glass.

Blood orange, orange bitters and cava Aperitivo £8.50

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Beetroot and black cumin soup with sweet herb borani  £7.00
Labneh with braised artichoke hearts, pickles and flat bread stuffed with za’atar  £8.00
Merinda tomato salad with octopus, capers, dill and anis  £8.50
Pan fried calves liver with grilled onion salad, pomegranates and mint  £8.50
Humous with crispy lamb, chopped salad and pine nuts  £8.50
English asparagus with orange, prawn and wild garlic dressing  £8.50

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Wood roasted pork with slow cooked fennel with jamόn and almond sauce  £18.50
Charcoal grilled bream with caramelized new seasons garlic and sherry vinegar, fried potatoes and gem lettuce salad   £18.50
Wood roasted duck with farika and walnut pilaf, slow cooked peas and orange  £18.50
(We recommend a glass of Massaya gold, 175ml £11.00)
Wood roasted sea trout with anchovy and za’atar dressing, dressed chard and lemon salad, deep fried spiced cauliflower and chickpeas  £19.50
Charcoal grilled lamb with garlic puree, braised spring vegetables with mint and lentils £19.50
Mixed vegetable mezze  £16.50

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Yoghurt cake with pistachios and pomegranate seeds  £7.00
(We recommend a glass of Finca Antigua moscatel, 100ml £6.25)
Rosewater and cardamom ice cream  £6.00
Blood orange and rosewater sorbet  £6.00
Chocolate and apricot tart  £7.00
Malaga raisin ice cream  £6.00
Carpuelo, Picos de Europa and Torta cheeses with membrillo  £9.00
(We recommend a glass of Leonor Palo Cortado, 100ml £6.50)

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Some photos from the Sunday Lunch Club:

Sami Ghosn from Massaya Wines

Sami Ghosn from Massaya Wines

Massaya Wines

Massaya Wines

Sam and Sam

Sam and Sam

Sunday Lunch Club menu

Sunday Lunch Club menu

The Team, ready to go!

The Team, ready to go!

Moro’s Sunday Lunch Club

12 May 2013

Sam and Sam Clark’s attitude to travel and food has always been intertwined.  They established Moro in 1997 after a three month culinary adventure through Spain, Morocco and the Sahara.  They revel in experiencing new cultures, cooking, tastes and smells, most recently borne out in a trip to Lebanon.

The Sams were bowled over by the quality and freshness of the ingredients, from the meze in local restaurants and street food in Beirut to the wonderful home cooked dishes sampled at the Bekaa Valley’s Massaya vineyard and in Byblos, home of Lebanese food visionary Kamal Mouzawak.

Naturally they brought home and adapted their discoveries to develop new ideas for Moro and Morito. The result is a special Lebanese menu influenced by the tastes and food they experienced in Lebanon, accompanied by wine supplied by Massaya Wines.

“As anyone who has read our books or eaten at Moro will know, we have a passion for the food and spices of the Middle East. Our recent trip to Lebanon reignited that enthusiasm and we hope that the menu for the Sunday Lunch Club will be enjoyed by diners as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

The Sunday Lunch Club, on the 12th of May, will include a special visit by Sami Ghosn, founder of Massaya Wines, who will talk diners through the wines they produce in the Bekaa Valley, with accompanying slides interspersed between the courses.  For £65 per head all inclusive, diners can sample these delicious wines alongside a myriad of dishes infused with the flavours of Lebanon: octopus salad with tomatoes and arak, goat cheese with artichokes, za’atar spiced flatbreads, a simple duck pilaf with walnuts and pomegranates. Seating will be informal, with couples and groups sharing tables. Wine is included with each course and there will be an opportunity to buy additional wine during the lunch.  All the dishes featured will remain on the Moro menu for a month, with a selection of Massaya wines available by the glass.

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Nibbles with Massaya Rosé 2011 (125ml)
Marinated olives and smoked almonds

Cold meze with arak (35ml)
Goat labneh with za’atar, artichokes and pickles
Tomato salad with octopus, capers, dill and arak
Chard with lemon salad

Hot meze with Massaya Classic 2010 and Massaya Silver 2009 (100ml each)
Humous with ground lamb and pine nuts
Wood roasted sea bass with za’atar and anchovy butter
Deep fried chickpeas and cauliflower with falafel spice

Main with two vintages of Massaya Gold (2007 and 2008, 100ml each)
Duck Fattee with pilaf, aubergines, walnuts and pomegranates

Dessert
Mulberry sorbet with arak

Mint tea/Coffee

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To book tickets, please email Tamara or Sean who will call back to take payment after service periods.  

Please bring your email confirmation on the day.  Refunds are only available for bookings cancelled at least 72 hours in advance.

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Casablanca

Casablanca

14 February – 3 March 2013
The Troxy

Future Cinema, the creators of Secret Cinema, are bringing the world of Casablanca, one of the most iconic films in cinematic history, to the Troxy, with food magnificently brought to life by the team at Moro.

It’s 1941. Desperate to leave a Europe ravaged by war for the United States, people find themselves in Casablanca looking for any means of safe passage across the Atlantic. Exclusive and romantic, Rick’s Café Américain is an escape, not only for the refugees, but the Vichy French, Italian, and Nazi officials who would stop them.

The Troxy, London’s art deco treasure, will be transformed into Casablanca’s most exclusive gin-joint – Rick’s Café Américain. Audiences will be invited to step inside and become a character: gather around Sam’s piano and join in the chorus of the Marseillaise, then dance to Benoit Viellefon and his orchestra.

Sam and Sam Clark, and the Moro team, will create a special menu reflecting Casablanca’s melting pot of cultures including: chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives; vegetable couscous with sweet onions, raisins and harissa and sweet Moroccan pastries served with mint tea. Re-live the story as never before – through the sights, smells and tastes that embody Casablanca.

Play it again, Sam (and Sam).

Tickets: (£25 Full / £20 Concessions / £15 Children (matinees only)

Secret Emporium Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 December, 10.30am – 8pm
Factory 7, Hearn Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3LS

“Music, food, performance: just the ticket to accompany a shopping experience with the best of British independent designers.”
Amelia’s Magazine

The Secret Emporium returns to present its very special Christmas Market.  Lovingly hand selected and carefully curated, the market will showcase the best of British independent designers.

After last year’s extraordinary event, and following a fabulous summer tour that included the Wilderness Festival – of which Moro was a proud part – The Secret Emporium is set to turn an urban Shoreditch warehouse into a winter world of wonder.

You’ll be welcomed in from the cold with hot mulled cider and roasted chestnuts.  After carols around the piano and a foot-stomping line-up, curated by Woodburner, you’ll be ready to indulge in Moro’s festive feast:

SOUP STATION
Chestnut and chorizo soup
Leek and yoghurt soup (v)
Hot roast spiced nuts (v)

BOCCADILLO STATION
Chorizo sandwich with mojo verde
Merguez and harissa sandwich
Chiccharones (pork belly with px)
Huevos rotos – eggs with mixed peppers, potatoes and chorizo (or without) (v)

GRILL STATION
Lamb chops with lemon and cumin
Grilled rabbit with almond alioli
Lamb kebab
Halloumi kebab (v)

SLOW-COOKED STATION
Lamb tagine with prunes, couscous and coriander
Turlu turlu – roast vegetables with feta and herbs (v)

DESSERT STATION
Sherry trifles
Warm yoghurt cake

Secret Emporium

Feast

6-9 December 2012
The Former North London Mail Centre
Studd Street
Islington N1 0QJ

“The Ten Best Food Festivals”
The Independent

FEAST is back with a festive punch and Moro is delighted to be a part of this year’s delectable line-up.

FEAST transforms never before used Victorian sorting office into a spectacular seasonal setting for a boisterous Christmas banquet. Featuring some of London’s street food heroes, alongside Moro’s Moorish offerings, will be our Exmouth Market neighbour Caravan, as well as Ceviche and Lucky Chip, plus a live experiment by Bompas and Parr.

In recent years, Moro’s Exmouth Market food stall has established almost as many fans as the restaurant, providing husband and wife team Sam and Sam Clark with an outlet for their enthusiasm for authentic, Moorish street food.

With their Festival credentials now firmly established from two successful years at the Wilderness Festival, Moro is looking forward to serving FEAST-goers a delicious selection of Moro favourites, including:

  • Chestnut and chorizo soup
  • Vegetable mezze: beetroot borani, aubergine salad with spiced labneh, pumpkin with tahini and patatas alinadas
  • PX pork roll
  • Lamb and prune tagine with couscous

Tickets are selling fast, so make sure to get in quickly (www.wefeast.co.uk/tickets).

Wilderness Festival

Everyone must dream at some point of headlining a festival: belting out a virtuoso guitar/ drum/ vocal solo to a mass of ecstatic fans. It’s a dream that must necessarily be abandoned upon becoming a chef – waving a spatula at the audience just wouldn’t feel the same. Yet, when the Wilderness team approached Moro late in 2010, that’s exactly how they sold it to us. The chance to cook our dream menu as ‘culinary headliners’ of the inaugural festival’s Saturday line up. It was hard to say no. Being at Wilderness was undoubtedly one of our highlights of 2011 and when we were invited back for 2012, we leapt at the chance.

This year, in a glorious technicolour berber marquée, we will host our very own venue at the heart of the festival. The Souk Tent will be an immersive Moro experience. Festival-goers will be able to start the day with breakfasts of hearty, spicy huevos rotos or Moorish granola, while tapas will be served throughout the day. If you’re running off to catch a debate, you can grab a take away meal – charcoal grilled chicken with fried potatoes and harissa or delicious spiced lamb with humous, chopped salad and flatbread. We’ll also be hosting six lavish feasts – a chance to stuff yourself silly on some of our absolutely favourite foods in a unique and truly special setting at the modest price of £35 per head.

The Moro Souk TentMonths of preparation are going into this, to create not just a meal but a complete dining experience.  We have spent weeks deciding on a menu that will tantalise and excite, while remaining true to the cuisine for which Moro is famous. We want to give visitors a chance to experience every facet and style of the food we love.

Our aim, as with 2011’s event, is for guests to mingle and enjoy the meal as a group, so we will serve the food on generous sharing platters. On last year’s menu, salted Padrón peppers gave way to boquerones, fresh prawn ceviche and rich, crispy pork chicharrones. We served our signature juicy marinated lamb and finished it all off with dollops lemony of yoghurt cake –  a Moro favourite. On this year’s menu, creamy labneh with crunchy crudités will open the way for stacks of smoky, succulent charcoal grilled meat and fish. Pudding will be simple: sweet, ripe English strawberries in Moscatel wine.

Moro at Wilderness

Almost the entire staff of Moro and Morito came to Wilderness last year, with the restaurants closed, making it more a family holiday than a work outing and a memorable event that’s still talked about fondly; we’re hoping to bring as many as possible again this August.

Tickets to Moro’s 2011 banquet sold out unbelievably quickly, so if you’re planning to join us for this year’s feasts (and we hope you are) it’s advisable to book your seat as soon as possible. You can do this on the Wilderness website in the shop section www.wildernessfestival.com/shop . Obviously, you’ll need a ticket to the festival too to enter the site.

We’re so excited! Can’t wait to see you there!

2012 Wilderness Feast Menu