Saturday, January 21, 2023

Bar Moro

I have been a huge Zoe Robinson fan so I was totally crushed when she closed all her restaurants, but I understand her reasons. Looking on the bright side, this has given me three new reasons to try new restaurants this year. We'll see if we make it to all of them...

For my birthday, I knew I wanted to pick one of them and I figured Patience would be up to the task of having an adventurous dinner at Bar Moro. I'm also a huge fan of Ben Poremba and have dined at all of his other restaurants, so I couldn't wait to try his version of Spanish tapas.

There are five sections to the menu and I knew I didn't want a large plate so I could try more of the smaller dishes. My goal was to try something from each section. 

In the middle of the menu are the starters and I knew for sure I wanted oysters (half dozen per order) and shrimp. If you order the sautéed shrimp, be sure to ask for a couple of pieces of bread to mop up the sauce!

Oysters (Ostras)

Sauteed Shrimp (Gambas)

Of course I wanted most of the tapas and since you could select one, three, or five at a time, I found three that I was interested in. The Agromar Tuna Toast was tasty, but the Salt Cod Croquetas were decadent with creamy goodness inside.

Agromar Tuna Toast and Salt Cod Croquetas

Patience suggested the Egg + Caviar and that ended up being the best dish of the night. The saltiness of the caviar with the creaminess of the egg was amazing together. The initial two pieces of bread were definitely not enough, so luckily a server came by with some extra bread to save us. 

Egg + Caviar

There were still two more sections that I wanted to tackle as the charred eggplant (Berenjenas Quemadas) and Fried Potatoes drew our attention. I was actually leaning more towards the Pan Con Tomate, but we already had a couple of dishes with bread. As a French fry fanatic, these fried potatoes were perfectly cooked and well seasoned. I thought the home made "ketchup" had a kick to it so the aioli was more my speed.

The eggplant was somewhat "deconstructed" and the oddest dish of the night. I wasn't quite sure how to eat it. Perhaps it could have been used as a spread over bread as well but I just ate it as is.

Charred Eggplant, honey, tahini, tomato pulp, aged sherry

Fried Potatoes

I would label the Vegetable (Verduras) and Clasicas sections as "medium" plates as they were definitely meant for two people, or could be a filling dish for one. Patience and I were smart and stopped halfway on both of them because we purposely asked about dessert.

Currently, there are four desserts, but you only need to know about one of them. The cheesecake. But this is not your typical cheesecake. Patience described it accurately as flan meets Crème Brule. It totally melts in your mouth and you should definitely pair it with a small glass of Madera with it.


I was so full and wish I had stopped sooner to make room for the chocolate torte. I think both desserts at one time would have been amazing. 

Since it's a tapas-style restaurant, you'll want to order more frequently throughout your meal, so it makes sense that its group-style service. In football terms, it was a zone defense instead of man to man. But they pulled it off flawlessly. It was impressive.

Yet, I just wish the first server who approached would have given an overview of the menu and explain it to us as newbies to the restaurant. It always pays to do your homework!

The space is still dark and intimate as it was with Billie Jean, but I enjoyed the flow of the staff moving about and there was plenty to watch.

If you love a good food adventure, this is your place. Be sure to get a reservation as early as you can!


Bar Moro =

Photos by Patience Scanlon

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