As I mentioned in my latest Small Pleasures post, I was lucky enough to be invited for a set menu tasting evening by the people behind the new Italian pop-up and supper club Morso London. As my favourite thing to do with this blog is to support small independent businesses, especially lovely little restaurants like this, I really wanted to share my favourite bits of the evening here so that you can try them out too.
The pop-up event was held in a little cafe called Vagabond on Holloway Road (although they are now based in a different location in Bloomsbury!) and was decorated with a Halloween theme in mind, with lots of fairy lights and flowers mixed in. Overall it felt really cosy from the get-go – especially as it was a really chilly and drizzly night outside.
We started off with a cocktail made with grappa – a traditional Italian spirit made from everything that’s left over from the winemaking process in order to prevent wastage. Grappa, when drunk on its own, is quite a strong drink, but in a cocktail it goes down really smoothly. Later in the evening, I tried a few different varieties straight up and even though I found the tasting process really interesting, I have to say that I prefer my grappa in a cocktail form… I guess I just don’t have the palate (at least yet!) for stronger spirits…
The food concept in Morso is simple: small bites and fresh pasta served in a cosy supper club environment. The menu changes all the time, taking advantage of fresh and seasonal ingredients, and when I went they had a bit of an autumnal Halloween theme going on from pumpkin gnocchi to a tiramisu made to look like a little graveyard (my personal favourite!). The five-course menu consisted of the following:
Pumpkin arancini (risotto balls) with a creamy pea sauce. Lovely, crispy and perfectly complemented by the sauce.
Organic egg yolk raviolo – wonderfully innovative and one of my favourites. Filled with homemade ricotta, spinach and egg yolk, it was something completely different to any other ravioli I’ve ever had – in a good way.
Autumn vegetable carpaccio – My number one favourite. This dish surprised me as I didn’t think I would like it – I was way more excited about all of the other options, but in the end, it turned out that I liked this above all the others. The vegetables were served with a crispy balsamico sauce and crispy chilli pumpkin seeds which added a lovely crunch to the dish.
Gnocchi with pumpkin purée – I was actually the most excited about this dish, but in the end felt it ended up lacking in something. The gnocchi itself was lovely and creamy, but the sauce didn’t feel as flavourful to me as the others. It might be because I’m generally used to more spicy and salty dishes myself – this was a bit too plain for me. That said, it wasn’t bad at all, just not as good as the rest of the dishes.
Potted tiramisu – This was so good and I was so impressed with the presentation, too. It really looked like a little mini graveyard and fit perfectly to the Halloween theme.
All in all, I loved my experience at Morso London, especially their passion for sourcing the freshest and finest ingredients. We asked a few questions at the end of the night and were met with the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable of responses – their passion for the food really shone through.
You can book to go to Morso’s supper clubs, taking place every Thursday and Friday in The Dining Room in Gail’s Bakery, here. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
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