Looking for the best Spanish breakfast in London? Breakfast in Spain is an important occasion when friends and acquaintances gather in tapas bars over churros and pan con tomate, with a strong coffee and sometimes even a glass of wine before 9am.
Morito on Exmouth Market is bringing Spanish breakfast traditions and rituals to London. Sit up at the bright orange counter in the little restaurant/bar and peer over bowls of avocados and Middle Eastern spices to watch chefs prepare dishes, or perch in the window and watch the street wake up and come to life.
Since opening in 2010, Morito’s cooking has focused on Spanish and Middle Eastern dishes with unique twists, and this continues on the breakfast menu. From 8am on weekdays and 9am on weekends, try dishes such as the Full Catalan, inspired by the flavours of Catalunya – butifarra (spiced sausage), morcilla (Spanish blood pudding) and crisp migas (breadcrumbs) with fried egg and roast tomatoes. You can garnish your breakfast with citrusy zaatar and sumac from little ceramic dishes on each table.
Morito’s breads and baked goods have made a name for themselves over the years, and the chefs have ensured that the repertoire has been extended to breakfast bakes – super crisp and flaky coca bread for the pan con tomate, homemade sourdough (make your own here with our expert guide) for the revueltos eggs, and fluffy saffron and almond buns to take away.
Elsewhere on the menu, crunchy granola is sprinkled with cardamom, and topped with chopped figs, blackberries and apple in a subtle nod to the Middle East.
Salt cod from reputable Spanish produce importer, Brindisa, is poached in milk and combined with milky potatoes, chopped onion and parsley to form crisp salt cod cakes for a hearty start to the day.
Sharpen up your morning with a harissa-spiked bloody mary, or keep it Spanish with a killer cortado crafted from Allpress coffee beans.
Bullseye: Morito’s churros are wormy little fingers sprinkled with plenty of cinnamon, and extra crisp for dipping into a glass of smooth chocolate sauce.
Morito, 32 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE