I have waited over two years to go back to Morito and when i did it was their new branch. I do get lucky on my birthday and Laura said she wanted to take me out for dinner and straight away I chose Morito. Conveniently, I received an email the week before from them about their new branch on Hackney Road, I replied straight away to ask for availability.
Long story short, i managed to get a reservation for their soft launch and lucky for Laura it was 50% off. This was to celebrate and welcome the new restaurant. WIN WIN for everybody.
I was so glad to be back after two years. The new restaurant has a completely different feel to it. The smaller Morito was more cozy and felt that bit more exclusive and special because of it. However, on Hackney Road the open space and huge bar brings about its own prestige.
The food was good, especially the lamb and kid. I think we ordered a bit too much overall, the rabbit which I ordered was a lot. The staff had warned me that this was a big dish and we had eyes bigger than our bellies in this instance. I would not got for the rabbit again, but the salad was a tasty treat with the sesame bringing great texture, whilst the lamb chops were seasoned and flavoured perfectly.
I'm really happy that Morito now has two restaurants, which will make it easier to get a table and I will not have to wait two years before my next visit. It is all about progress and this restaurant is showing the right signs but the classic for me is still number one. Old habits die hard.