One of York’s most popular street food stalls will soon open a city centre restaurant. Los Moros, which serves Moroccan and Middle Eastern street food, will soon be firing up their ovens in 15-17 Grape Lane.
Owned by Tarik Abdeladim, Los Moros has been a fixture on the Shambles Food Market since it began in 2015, steadily growing in popularity as locals and tourists tried his colourful food. In August 2017, Los Moros beat over 700 other restaurants and takeaways to become the number 1 food outlet on TripAdvisor.
Tarik was born in Algiers, and the new restaurant, which will also be called Los Moros, will be a contemporary journey into North African food. “We’re describing the restaurant as a modern North African kitchen,” said Tarik. “We’ll be serving some favourites from the kiosk, like our handmade merguez sausages, but using the restaurant as a space to develop the food in new directions, and play with different techniques and ingredients. The menu is still in development, but there will be great local meat and fish, loads of herbs, lovely vegetables and spice.”
The restaurant is due to open this autumn, in 14-17 Grape Lane, which is where vegan favourite El Piano has been for twenty one years. The El Piano team are retiring this summer, and handing over the reins to Tarik and his team. “There’s a heritage of great cooking in the building on Grape Lane,” said Tarik, “and we’ll still be making tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. One of our most popular dishes on the stall is our vegan falafel, and we’ve got some interesting ideas for new dishes we’d like to try. We’re so excited to open a restaurant here and to have a chance to do more with the food of Los Moros. It’s very nerve-wracking but it’s a lovely building, we have a great team and we have a lot of cooking to do!”
The Los Moros restaurant will be open for lunch and evening meals from the autumn. The opening date will be revealed later this year. The street food stall will remain open on Shambles Market. Los Moros will be hiring chefs and a front of house team.