Happy Birthday to Us!

8 years of Mora

Mora officially opened its doors on 22nd March 2016, so we are turning 8 on Friday!

Can you believe that? Time has gone really fast…

We’re so proud and honoured of still being able to bring a Sardinian sensation to this corner of East London. We can’t believe how much has happened during these years and how many wonderful people we have met!

You know how life in London is transitional for many, so obviously a number of our customers (and team members) changed over the years because people moved away. Many of you, though, have been with us since day 1, and are still our biggest fans. And even many who moved away still come and visit when they can, or keep in touch. We can’t thank you enough for sticking with us all this time, you really have become friends and part of the family. We’ve actually had this conversion with quite a few of you recently, haven’t we?

We have seen couples getting engaged and married, then having babies. We have seen babies becoming toddlers, taking their first steps (and runs!) on our ramp by the bar counter. We have seen children growing into teenagers and young adults in the years. We are chuffed to have been able to be part of this, thank you sharing your precious moments with us!

To celebrate our birthday, we’ll be opening a very special bottle: the magnum bottle of Keramos Cannonau DOC Riserva, Tenute Soletta 2010. That’s a very special wine indeed, a beautifully elegant expression of Cannonau made with slightly late harvest grapes that see a sophisticated winemaking and oak aging process. This rich and full-bodied red opens with aromas of ripe plum, vanilla and a hint of charred topsoil. The warm, chewy palate has flavours of ripe black cherry, liquorice, baking spice and coffee bean while a note of bitter almond signals the finish.

As you may have heard, Cannonau di Sardegna wines have attracted considerable attention in the last few years for their association with longevity, as in Sardinia there are so many centenaries. So is there a better wine to cheer with on our 8th birthday?

We’ll be pouring this “long life elixir” from Friday, glasses will be available at a steal price of £5. That’s a treat not to miss!

Come and have a toast with us this Friday! A Kent’annos!

Book you table now!

Don’t forget our current opening times:

Mon- Thu 5pm to 10pm
Fri – Sat 12pm to 10.30pm
Sun Closed

(We will be exceptionally open on Easter Monday 1st April from 12pm)

A Spotlight on our Front of House team

You may have noticed that our Front of House team is made up entirely by women.

International Women’s Day is just around the corner on 8th March, and marks an opportunity to highlight the amazing women who make Mora who we are.

It’s generally not easy to capture our people in a picture, they usually prefer to let their work talk for them, so now it’s time to show our ladies off and give a shout out to the important part they play at Mora. If you’ve been our customer long enough, you’ll know who is who by now.

“Team Silvias” is part of our management, with “big” Silvia being our co-founder working mostly behind the scenes, and “little” Silvia managing the day-to-day on-site service. With Giovanna and Gjeni they make sure we provide a good service to our diners, always doing their best to make customers feel welcome, treating them with great care and respect, and enjoying a chat or two without being intrusive.

We work with the philosophy that smiling can elevate your mood and spread positive vibes, that a smile has the power to light up the room. They put all themselves in making sure that your experience at Mora is always positive, they create the friendly and cosy atmosphere you find here. Whether they remember about your name, your favourite wine, your dietary requirements from the previous times you visited, or they make your children have fun and make you all enjoy the time you spend with us, we can never thank them enough for doing all this so well and naturally!

They are a big part of our family, having all been with us for a quite long time, and Mora wouldn’t be what it is now without their amazing work.

Pop-by to say “Hi” next time you walk past the restaurant!

A Spotlight on Pane Frattau

Pane Frattau

We haven’t been posting on our blog for a while, so now, on the occasion of Real Bread Week, we’d like to share a few curiosities with you about a dish on our menu that is based on a very special and real bread: Pane Frattau. This is one of our starters that has been on our menu for a while. Have you ever tried it?

The origin of Pane Frattau can be found in its name: the Sardinian word ‘Frattau’ literally translates ‘broken, cut into pieces.’ Originally, shepherds carried their sheets of carasau bread, some water and a piece of pecorino cheese or sausage in their saddle bag (taschedda) whilst away from home watching their herds. When they returned home, the remaining broken shards of carasau bread were then soaked in broth, layered with tomato sauce and pecorino cheese. This was then baked and subsequently topped with a poached egg.

However, according to a more curious legend, Pane Frattau was arguably invented by some Sardinian housewives to impress King Umberto I on the occasion of his official visit to Sardinia, with the few ingredients they had available. According to this legend, he really enjoyed the dish, which then became a staple of the traditional cuisine of Barbagia.

Whatever the origin of this thrifty dish is, its recipe is quite simple. Would you like a few tips on how to make it? The read below:

For each portion, you need about two sheets of carasau bread.  Quickly dip them in a large pot with boiling broth (vegetable or meat broth will both work well) to soak on both sides.

As soon as the carasau is wet, place each sheet on a plate or baking tray and dress with good tomato sauce, plenty of grated pecorino sardo cheese (go for fiore sardo if you want a very strong flavour, or for semicotto for milder flavour). You can bake it for a few minutes to make the cheese melt a bit and compact it all up (although this is optional), while you poach an egg. Plate the layered carasau, sprinkle with more cheese and top up with the poached egg. Then enjoy it whilst hot!

Pane frattau is a simple dish, but it brings out intense flavours made out of very good products which are essential for its success. You can’t certainly have a good result without a really good tomato sauce, and particularly without two outstanding Sardinian speciality products: carasau bread and pecorino sardo.

Hungry? So head down to our Bookings Page and reserve your table to come and taste this Sardinian delicious speciality!

And don’t forget carasau bread and various types of pecorino sardo are available to purchase as part of our deli range at Mora Restaurant, right here in the heart of Leytonstone!

Christmas Menu

If your Christmas plans have now gone astray, we have an idea for you.

We put together a little Mora Feast to cook at home, with some of our homemade lush dishes ready to cook at home.

This 4 course menu will be available on pre-order for the 24th Dec only (collection from 12pm to 5pm)

Deadline for pre-order is the 23rd at 6pm.

Check out the menu and choose your 4 courses!

You can order over the phone, via email or online.

Don’t forget that pre-order is essential!

If you miss the cut-off time for ordering this, don’t worry. Well be open from 11am to 4pm on the 24th for our regular take-away and deli shop too.

Take-Away and Deli Shop

There’s a new exciting update from Mora!

In order to keep serving you, our fantastic community who has been supporting us in the years, and showed us such a warmth and affection during these difficult times, we have decided to try and adapt to a new identity: we will be providing a take-away service and deli shop (for collection only for now), starting from Tuesday 5th May

We will be offering our full restaurant’s menu, with our wines and drinks available at take-away prices, and selling a variety of general provisions and grocery essentials such as flour, oil, pasta, biscuits, cured meats and more, as well as our fresh homemade pasta and sauces to cook at home.

Our Deli shop will be open Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 9pm (with take-away collections starting from 5pm), on Saturdays from 12 to 9pm and on Sundays from 12 to 6pm.

Pop in and say hello if you have a chance, our shelves and tables are now stocked up and ready for you to browse through a fine selection of Italian goodies. Or explore our range of good food and drinks and place an order for collection through our online shop.

We really hope this will give you the chance to enjoy a little taste of Mora from home until we are able to welcome you all back in!  

Thank you

We’d like to thank all our lovely customers for all their support, we can’t express how meaningful and heartwarming this is!

In “normal times” we would have been celebrating our 4th birthday this weekend, but we are here to announce our decision to take a little pause.

We were considering shifting to a full take away service and planning towards that, but after we watched the news yesterday,  we discussed the situation with the team, and we agreed that our priority is to keep all our families safe so we feel that the most sensible decision for the moment is to close our doors. 

We may change advice later on, so keep following us for updates. 

In the mean time, stay well and keep safe! 

It is a weird and difficult time, we wish all of you all the best and we do hope to see you all very soon!

Lots of love from all of us x

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Current situation

To all our lovely customers,

Thank you all so much for your continued support and messages, we really appreciate your help during this incredibly tough and uncertain time.

We are constantly evaluating the situation, and for now we will be staying open as long as we can whilst continuing to follow government guidelines.

Cleanliness and hygiene have always been paramount at Mora, as our recently confirmed Food Hygiene 5 star rating can prove, but we are now going above and beyond, by cleaning all handles, surfaces and card machines as often as possible.

We are making sure there is enough distance between customers by removing a few tables, and all staff have been properly prepped with the correct protocol.

In return we ask all customers to wash your hands upon arrival. Our gel hand wash, towels and hand lotion have always been there for our customers’ comfort and are now an important sign of care in this weird moment.
And also, please think about the health and well being of others, staff and customers, a do us all a little favour: please stay at home if you feel unwell. We will be happy to welcome you again when you fell better!

We understand that, after yesterday’s announcements, less people will like to go out and socialise from now, so don’t forget that take-away is already available at Mora. We are working on a plan to cope with this situation in a more flexible way by implementing this service.

Please bear with us for a few days whilst we work through this.

Please keep supporting us, remain as lovely, sensible and smiley as always!

Take care and keep healthy.
Best wishes, from all of us.

Merry Christmas!

Well, that’s a wrap!
We can’t quite believe it, but it’s that time of the year again, 2019 is already heading to an end, and as the holiday season is upon us, our thoughts go to the past months: it was such a busy and intense year it went so fast!

One of the greatest joys of this season is the opportunity to say thank you to all our customers for supporting us this year. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy, and for turning our hard work, creativity, and dedication into a fun and successful experience. We are so grateful for receiving another Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and for being included in The Good Food Guide again this year, without mentioning all the beautiful reviews and happy faces always brightening our days.

Thanks so much for appreciating what we do and we praise your continued backing in the future.

So it’s time to pop the Prosecco, put on our party hats, and celebrate all that we have done in the last year! Here is a toast to you!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Mora! We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year!

We are now taking a little break to celebrate the festivities with our loved ones, but we’ll be back recharged and with lots of new inspirations and ideas for 2020. As always, stay tuned with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on our website for updates.


Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!


Please note our Holiday Closing Days:
From 23th December 2019 until 2nd January 2020.
See you on the 3rd January!

New Autumn Menu and Wine list

It’s that time of year; it’s the ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ as Keats called it. Summer is now a distant memory, autumn is here in full swing, with turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights, and winter is fast approaching.

Since the cold days started, we have been searching for new seasonal ingredients, trying and tasting different recipes to find new mouth-watering dishes to add to our menu. It’s been a hard job, it’s always difficult to decide what to change and to choose among the options, but we are thrilled to announce that our Autum/Winter Menu is now ready and available at Mora!

Get ready to celebrate the cold months with us, we’ve added brand new, comforting, full-flavoured dishes, including slow-braised stews and a touch of spicy to keep you warm and delight your senses in these chilled days.

Long-standing favourites will still be on the menu, including, among others, our popular melanzane alla parmigiana and malloreddus alla campidanese, no doubt!

There are still some exciting changes on our wine list, with new luscious additions definitely not to miss!

To celebrate the launch of our new menu, we will be pouring a Special Wine of the day: special wine at a special price by the glass only.

Book a table now and be one of the first to try the tasty New Autumn/Winter Menu and Wine List!

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A Carnival Feast in East London

It is Carnival time in Italy! Come and celebrate it the foodie way at Mora on 7Th March!

Carnevale is believed to have originated in Roman times when Saturnalia, the Saturn festival, and Lupercalia, the feast of the full moon, were celebrated. However, its pagan festivals and traditions were adapted to fit into the Catholic rituals, hence it is highly likely that the word “carnival” derives from the Latin carnem levare, because originally the expression indicated the banquet that was held the day before the start of the meat fasting, or Lent.

That is why pork-based dishes and fried sweets tend to be typical of this season. After all, Carnival is a celebration of excess, of abundance, of pleasure. The more transgression takes place, the better, in all fields, including food.

Italians love to socialise around food, and Carnival provides a great excuse to do just that.

We have been searching through regional Carnival recipes to create a tasty and rich special menu inspired by the tradition to celebrate this colourful, joyful time of the year at Mora.

Here’s a preview of the menu:

4 courses: £35. Drinks will be available for purchase on the day.

Starter

Smacafam
Soft pie filled with fresh sausage

Or

Scrippelle ‘mbusse (V)
Egg crepes sprinkled with pecorino, rolled up and served with hot vegetable broth

Pasta

Vampasciuscia con ragù di maiale, uova e ricotta
Ribbon-shaped pasta with eggs, ricotta and pork ragù

Or

Lasagna di Carnevale (V)
Homemade lasagne with vegetables, ricotta, pecorino, eggs and tomato sauce

Secondo

Braciole alla napoletana
Beef rolls filled with pecorino, raisins and pine nuts in tomato sauce

Or

Migliaccio salato (V)
Savoury semolina pie filled with vegetables and ricotta, provola and pecorino cheeses

Dessert

Frittele miste di Carnevale (V)
Selection of Carnival fried pastries

This is a ticketed event. Places are limited and tickets are now available for purchase in advance at the restaurant or online via Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - A Carnival Feast in East London

The event starts at 6 pm and will last for the whole evening. Please select your time of arrival when reserving your ticket to help us provide a good service to all guests.

We look forward to seeing you all on this special night on 7th March!