The Moor's Head Carlton


good for groups
takes reservations

At the second outpost of The Moor’s Head (the original is in Thornbury in Carlton, the pizzas, or manoushe, are the focus.

The Ourn Kalthoum is the Lebanese version of a margherita pizza; it’s topped with tomato, ashawan cheese, haloumi and black chilli.

Pide are the restaurant’s boat-shaped pizzas. You can order The Bosphorus version, which combines garlic prawns, tomato and coriander, or the Golden Terrace, topped with spiced minced beef, chilli oil and sumac.

A mezze section includes haloumi chips with red pepper and pomegranate relish.

If you believe in dessert pizza, look to the sweet pies. There’s The Tilyan, which translates as “the Italian”, topped with Nutella and ice-cream. And The Yaoub, a halva and banana pizza named after owner Joseph Abboud’s father, who adores the combination.

If you’re pizza-overloaded by dessert time, try The Turkamisu (Turkish tiramisu), which Abboud says is one of most ordered items on the menu. It’s made with cardamom coffee, walnut liqueur and sprinkled with crushed pistachios.

The space, which used to be restaurant and bar Markov, has been revitalised with a mural on the back wall, festoon lighting hanging from the high, pitched ceiling, and a long white-tiled counter. Tables are watched over by vintage Arabic movie posters.