Mora, Glasgow

As much as I love kicking back with a bucket of chicken and a can of beer, sometimes you gotta up your grub game.

Mora has been on my restaurant radar for a little while. And a friend’s birthday presented an opportunity to check out one of the newer spots in Glasgow’s Finnieston area.

It promises “modern Italian cooking and tasty tipples” and it got off to a great start on the booze front. While the rest of our party kept it simple with a bottle of prosecco to share, I was feeling fruity and opted for a Hennessy brandy cocktail with apricot liqueur and lime juice. Damn fine it was, too.

To start, I had a half portion of risotto with salsicca sausage, peppers and mascarpone. It was so good I wished I’d had a full portion as my main. Instead, I went for the Spianata pizza with spicy Calabrian salami. It was a close call between that and the Caprio pizza with goat’s cheese – a problem the waitress solved by having the chef add goat’s cheese to my Spianata.

The pizza was excellent, with the salami delivering on its promise of “spicy.” I love spicy food and am often disappointed when a dish sold as having a kick comes with not so much as a twitch of spice. This shit lived up to the billing and then some. The goat’s cheese was pure greed on my part, but it worked well as a combination.

Reports on all other starters were positive, with one comment that perhaps the grilled octopus could have been a little warmer. Mains of bavette steak, arabiatta and cod with clams all got top marks.

Service all night was first class, with the staff the perfect mix of chatty and knowledgable about the menu. And the layout of Mora is the right blend of quirky and comfortable. We were seated at a booth in the far corner and had a great view of the cool decor and fantastically ornate light bulbs. A high seated bench runs up the middle of the restaurant and the people seated there seemed happy enough.

Desserts of cherry chocolate brownie and a cheese and biscuit selection were also superb, with Tawny Port going down a treat.

The bill came to near enough £200, which puts Mora at the upper end of Glasgow’s dining joints. But unanimously, it was worth every penny. Top nosh, innit.

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