Morso at Vagabond, Holloway

Pumpkins aplenty and all things Halloween were the inspiration for Morso London’s latest pop-up supper club at Vagabond N7 coffee house. Morso London – is an Italian pop-up restaurant which also serves cocktails showcasing Grappa – from chef Pablo Vernetti (formerly head chef at one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants). A veritable Italian feast awaited which allowed us to experience their five-course tasting menu culminating in Halloween happiness and enraptured delight from all.

A buzzy, fun and pumpkin lit atmosphere saw the most delicious food served. A pasta, small bites and grappa orientated take on fresh, traditional Italian ingredients and dishes defines Morso. Offering equally delicious vegetarian and meat focused menus; I was truly indulged and a rapturous reception was given by my friend to her vegetarian dishes. Pumpkin perfection started us off with a pumpkin arancini with pea and pecorino cream. What arrived at the table were three perfectly sized and exquisitely formed crispy risotto balls with pumpkin purée and mozzarella. Oozing a string of warm mozzarella in a crispy coating; one bite in and I was already sold.

Then came the organic Egg York Raviolo, a large ravioli filled with homemade ricotta, baby spinach and an organic confit egg yolk; butter and sage sauce with parmesan liberally sprinkled. This is Morso’s signature dish centering on the perfection of a Clarence Court egg yolk. This was my favourite dish of the night (apart of course for dessert which I will come on to later). Morso London’s blog details the evolution of the ravioli – make sure to check it out for more background!

The beef carpaccio was exquisite; thinly sliced raw beef rump with rocket, mustard, lemon mayonnaise and again the parmigiano reggiano which tied together the whole menu. Before finishing with gnocchi with beef ragu. The rich and flavoursome beef ragu was slow cooked with onion and carrots. Each generous portion was sprinkled with the ever present and winning ingredient of Parmigiano Reggiano.

A tiramilicious graveyard rounded off an accomplished menu. The classic Italian dessert was elevated with dark chocolate crumbs and decorated with bones and an RIP sign. An utter scrumptious ‘graveyard’ end to a Halloween spectacular.

Five wonderful courses gave us a glimpse into the world of Morso London and the sheer talents of Pablo and Vanessa who takes responsibility for the front of house. Diarise and book a ticket to their next pop-up now!

Vagabond
107 Holloway Road
London N7

Fiyin

Hi, I am Fiyin, Senior Writer. Global traveler, fan of the great outdoors, reader of books, lover of wine and good food.