Had a LONG lunch at Moro, 34-36 Exmouth Market, London, last Tuesday. Very nice!
Moros has a wood fired oven this can be a bad thing (if they cant control it) or a good thing (if its done right). Moros seems to manage right. Their bread from the oven is almost burned (well, really burned) on top but that seems to add to the wonderful taste. Its chewy just the way I like it and has plenty of good grain taste. Its great with the olive oil that they bring to the table for dipping.
We started with a Manzanilla (La Guita?) half bottle with our tapas. Dry sherry is just the thing to accompany tapas, I think. We had hot chorizo (grilled), pimiento de piquillo (if youre not familiar with these nifty Spanish peppers, find them, theyre terrific), and fried aubergine with salmanejo (sort of a garlicky tomato sauce). All were excellent. We had a Spanish white wine with this but I didnt order it so I cant give details; all I can say is that it was perfect.
My friend had rib of beef with lentils, broad beans, and garlic which was yummy while I had roast pork with potatoes, fennel, and blood orange slices. The pork was a little disappointing not that it was bad, its just that everything else was so good and the pork was ordinary. Oh well! With this and the cheeses to follow we had a 1996 Alion which was sensational.
Our cheeses we had a portion of manchego and quince paste and their cheese plate which included pico de espana (a blue, I think in any event there was a nice blue), serena (a runny, vacheron-like cheese that was wonderful), and slices of more manchego. The serena was so good we ordered another portion of it.
We were beginning to lose pace at this point but couldnt really stop without a sweet, so we shared a delicious yoghurt cake with pistachios with a yoghurt sauce with pomegranate. This needed a pudding wine. The only Spanish wine of note was a full bottle and we had been a bit indulgent so we took a half bottle of Capezzano vin santo.
Two LARGE espressos managed to get us out the door. Its a good thing that all I had to do after that was to find City Airport for a trip to Switzerland. I slept on the way over.