In 1997, two newlyweds jumped in a camper van and toured the southern Mediterranean. Cooking as they went, they travelled as far as the Sahara in their quest to understand the flavours and traditions of Moorish cuisine.
On their return, they opened Moro in Exmouth Market. The Clarks (both called Sam) were already great cooks, having worked at The River Cafe and The Eagle, but the trip gave them the confidence to express themselves.
Ingredients are sourced from the best suppliers, often grown to order, and organic, seasonal and local whenever possible. It is a member of the Slow Food movement, and you'd need the palette of a donkey not to appreciate the difference in taste.
Menus change regularly, but current favourites include braised chard with pine nuts, raisins and anchovies, charcoal-grilled leg of lamb and poached quince with homemade fresh cheese. Sam and Sam also have a real passion for sherry - not the sickly sweet stuff your auntie used to offer you, but subtle and exciting fortified wines that will convert you.
Moro is a place to take clients with whom you'd like to become friends, or friends who you'd like to become clients. It's great for Guardian/Observer press lunches and Exmouth Market never fails to impress out-of-towners.
Where: Exmouth Market EC1 Contact: 020 7833 8336 How much: £25 per head without wine