25 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
The classic Moroccan restaurant in Mayfair by Mourad Mazouz has been given a new lease of life with an extensive makeover. The food is French Med with hints of North Africa and there's a cracking bar downstairs from top barman Erik Lorincz.
This is the East London expansion from the same people behind Moro (and the original Clerkenwell Morito). The restaurant draws influence from Southern Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean in a regularly changing small plates menu. The same approach can be seen in the wine list, which also roams the Med.
34 - 36 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QE Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Back in 1997 when Moro first opened, Exmouth Market was still a scruffy Clerkenwell street and this restaurant with its implausibly good looking bar staff and open kitchen was the second most exciting thing to happen to the area food-wise since The Eagle threw open its doors. Run by the marvellously-monikered Sam and Sam Clark, it's still turning out great food in a room that's packed every day of the week.