Why so crabby?

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The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
 is celebrating the humble crab in its annual Crab Carnival!

This should come as no surprise, our ongoing love affair of seafood evident in our restaurant menu: freshly shucked oysters, white Ortiz anchovies and whole roasted snapper (to name a few!) – the crustacean has fast become a crowd favourite, featuring in two of our hero dishes the Crab Tacos and the Chill Crab Linguine. (Hence why we created a whole carnival around it!)

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But why crab you ask?
We’ve put together a list of 4 reasons you should eat crab…

ONE: For our Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly, it’s where nostalgia meets the senses – “Ever since I was a young boy I have really enjoyed eating crab. The sweet salty flesh & the tactile act of cracking crab claws there nothing else quite like it.”

TWO: Crab meat has many nutritional benefits that will put your doctor at ease! Not only is it high in beneficial long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties, but research suggests that eating crab will help lower blood pressure, protect against heart disease and improve cognitive function!

THREE: Frank Theodore of De Costi Seafood loves crab for its natural sweetness and delicate meat, especially when cooked in the shell which will intensify its flavour.

FOUR: Keep the ocean happy and your conscience clear! Our crabs are sourced from sustainable fisheries – our blue swimmer and mud crabs are caught in traps from around the Australian coastline (as opposed to being trawled). With the current Aussie prawn shortage, we think sustainable crabs are the future!

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So what are you waiting for? Head on down to The Morrison for a cracking good time!

The Morrison’s Crab Carnival runs from Monday 20th March to Sunday 16th April.

Contact us for more info!
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Oysters, Flowers and Poetry – Valentine’s Day Essentials

Hello, I love you, Will you tell me your name?
– Jim Morrison, The Doors

It’s that time of year where even the most cynical of us give into the Hallmark-guilt. Where no matter what your relationship status is you find yourself asking everyone “what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?” without really knowing if you believe in it or not.

Here at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, we LOVE the 14th of February! And call us Cupid but we’ve got your Valentine’s Day 2017 covered…

Only just met? We’ve been listed as one of the top Summer Date Bars in Sydney for 2017 by Where to Tonight – with our New York inspired decor, series of nooks and corners, delicious food and beverage offerings, it’s easy to understand why! Drop in for a cocktail (we recommend the Lunar Love), or why not join us for dinner? Our 2-course Set Menu is only $50pp and comes with a flute of Taltarni Sparkling on arrival!

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Many oysters make much love… One of the most notorious aphrodisiacs, oysters are high in zinc and have a reputation for being great for love and fertility. Naturally, we consider our oysters to be of the best quality and encourage all our guests to share a dozen or two at any occasion. On the night of the 14th February, you can add a dozen freshly shucked oysters to our Valentine’s Set Menu for only $40!

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Romeo, romeo, where for art thou Romeo? Stuck for words, or just wanting to make you significant other laugh? Instead of stealing from the literary greats, check out the Festisite poem and love letter generator – simply select from a choice of romantic sentences, insert name and you’re set!

For the old school romantic… flowers are always a safe bet! Our good friends at Pearsons Florist produce bouquets of beautiful blooms, using a variety of colourful, classic and alternative varieties (we love the Romance Bottles for $121). Check out their Valentine’s Collection and pre-order online!

The way to a mans heart… An old fashioned mindset, the modern couple is no longer a stranger to sharing the domestic duties. And after all, they say that food is the language of love so why not turn it into a romantic night out? The Sydney Seafood School has cooking classes running throughout the year, starting at $90pp and perfect for couples or gift idea.

 

Super Bowl 51 Live

Calling all American Footy Fans!

Hut… Hut… Hike! Watch the Super Bowl 51 LIVE and LOUD at The Morrison Bar Sydney.

On Monday 6th February 2017 we’ll be converting The Morrison into the ultimate sport lovers den! Doors will open to the public at 8am sharp, with large televisions showing pre-game hype, official Super Bowl ads, the half-time show and the main event itself (kick-off at 10.30am).

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Stay hydrated with Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s and Coors beer – drink specials will be available throughout the day.

A special American style menu will also be running across the full venue: think Chilli Dogs and Fat Boy Burgers with a Morrison twist!

Get in on the action – this is one sporting event you don’t want to miss!

This event welcomes walk-ins only, so try your best to arrive early to secure the best seats.

Year of the Rooster: CNY Cock-Tail Hour

Lunar Love @ The Morrison Bar

Health, wealth and happiness. The Chinese New Year is upon us and like any celebration it’s a time to meet with friends and family, eat good food and if you’re lucky like me, your 91 year old Chinese grandma gives you a little red envelope with $20 in it.

As we enter a new lunar calendar, it’s a wonderful time to be in Sydney – warm summer nights perfect for late night dining, cool refreshing cocktails, and picturesque night markets with glowing lanterns swinging in the breeze and the smell of sticky sweet BBQ in the air.

This year The Morrison Bar presents Lunar Love, a delicious blend of Gin, cranberry, lychee and elderflower.

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Sweet and creamy, with subtle notes of herbs & citrus – only $16!

Better yet – for every Lunar Love sold, The Morrison will donate $2 to Cure Brain Cancer, the official charity partner for the City of Sydney‘s Chinese New Year Festival. A fair trade we think, and a wonderful way to celebrate the Year of the Rooster while supporting a fantastic cause.

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Looking to celebrate CNY in style? Check out our MENU’s or BOOK a table today.

The Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th January – 12th February 2017.

Australia Day at The Morrison Bar

Let’s get some tucker!

One of the joys of an Aussie summer is to celebrate all things Australian:
backyard cricket, 50+ sunblock, any excuse to take the cover off the barbeque and when the plug thing pops out of your thongs…

Here at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, on Australia Day we put the “class” in classic: ice cold draught beer from local brewers, freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters and most importantly The Morrison Aussie Burger!

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We take a hand pressed Angus beef patty, season it with star anise salt and grill it to your preference.
A lightly toasted demi-brioche bun starts the burger stack, then we add the beef patty, fresh cos lettuce, a slice of tomato, house pickles, sliced beetroot and slather on some chipotle mayonnaise.

Served with thrice cooked “skins on” duck fat chips (calorie and guilt-free, we swear!) and an ice cold James Squire “The Swindler” Summer Ale.

For only $25, this is one bonza combo you don’t want to miss!

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2016: The year of deliciousness

Celebrating the “Year That Was” @ The Morrison

mor_food2016Food glorious food! The year that was 2016 at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room saw no shortage of delicious offerings, from the cracking good Steam Pots during Crab Carnival, the Kilpatrick Modern oysters of Oyster Festival, to the Wings & Tails basket from Pigfish: it’s safe to say Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly brought to life his love of local and seasonal produce.
See our Summer 2017 Menu.

Foodies were spoilt for choice in October when Sean Connolly and Gary Mehigan went head-to-head at the North vs South dinner, a celebration of the best of British cuisine with Australian produce! With wine matches by McWilliams, it was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.

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Many oysters make much love! We say that a lot (and take it seriously!) with 2016 being no exception – The Morrison selling 10’s of thousands of the humble mollusc last year and taking the term “bilvalve bounty” to the next level. Our infamous $1 Oyster Hour Wednesdays were as popular as ever, and throughout our annual Oyster Festival in August we shucked up a storm delivering the freshest, juiciest oysters in the country!
See our Oyster Library.

Get into the spirit! As well as the incredible food offerings, one of the other highlights of the year were the lip smacking cocktails created by our Bars Manager Genevieve Holloway and her talented team. The Crabby Mary being the ultimate crowd pleaser, with it’s spicy tomato & Ketel One blend and King Crab leg, as well as the cinnamon smooth Golden Duke.
See our current Cocktail List.

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We’re looking forward to bring to you another year of culinary delights – make sure to regularly check out our >>WHAT’S ON<< page for current events or Book a Table today!

Unless otherwise stated, all images in this post were snapped by the talented @amykatesnaps

Sean Connolly’s Christmas Piccalilli

The Morrison Recipe Diaries

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As much as we love inviting you into our beautiful restaurant to wine and dine you like the king or queen you are, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room’s philosophy to showcase quality local produce extends beyond our tables and into your homes.

Our Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly shares with us his delicious Piccalilli Relish recipe. Quick and easy, packed full of fresh vegetables with flavours of the east – just in time for Christmas!

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Perfect for summer BBQ’s and picnics to compliment cold cuts of meat – why not make your own labels and give away as gifts?

Check out another Sean Connolly recipe – Oysters Rockerfeller  the ultimate dinner party entree!

Xmas Gifts for the Sydney Citizen

Skip the queue – how to get on the NICE list next year…

We are at that time of year when we give into the social pressure and dip into our pockets to spend a little on our loved ones.

Not to be dramatic, but no longer can you get away with buying your brother bulk pairs of socks and I’m pretty sure Mum still has the bath bombs you bought her back in 2014… So if you’re looking to buy gifts for the person who has everything, then why not think outside of the (gift) box and buy them a Sydney experience – after all, we live in one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the hemisphere!

This Christmas season, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our Top 5 gifts for the Sydney Citizen:

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  1. Gift 1: INDULGE. In a night at the stunning Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, followed by a bicycle ride and champagne picnic.
    With King Room rates starting at $359 a night, just a stones throw from the city and with an incredible view – look no further for the perfect treat for soaking up the sunshine and relax with a carafe of Sangria.

 

  1. Gift 2: THE FOODIE. It’s no secret that at The Morrison we LOVE seafood and encourage foodies and amateur chefs alike to get cooking! The Sydney Seafood School has a cracking curriculum of cooking classes, from Mediterranean style to Singapore Chilli Mud Crab. Starting at $130 per person with wines to match – we suggest you encourage the “see-food and eat it” diet for 2017, and this is definitely the way to go!

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  2. Gift 3: THE BEER LOVER.  4 Pines Beer offer brewery tours of their Brookvale Brewery with a tour and tasting paddle for only $25 per person. There’s no doubt that the craft beer scene has exploded in the Sydney region in the last couple of years, and it’s vital that we support our local Aussie brewers and quench the summer thirst!

 

  1. Gift 4: TWINKLE TOES. For something fun and a little different, the Sydney Dance Company hosts an array of adult dance classes. From beginners ballet, to jazz or hip hop – classes start from $22 per person for a casual visit. The perfect gift for those who love to move and looking to explore new adventures! And conveniently located in Sydney’s Walsh Bay…

    mor_moonlightGift 5: FILM BUFF. For the movie fanatic in your life, the Moonlight Cinema is showcasing the latest film releases and classics. From Lion, to La La Land, and the Grease Sing-a-long – across the months of December and January, one can bask in the warmth of a summer twilight and be treated to a night of gourmet popcorn and cinema. Adult tickets from $19.00

 

What are you waiting for? You don’t want to wind up on the naughty list…!

AHA 2016 – Winners!

The Morrison wins Best Promotional Concept

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On the evening of Tuesday 29th November 2016, the annual Australian Hospitality Awards took place at the glamourous STAR casino in Sydney.

The prestigious awards ceremony recognises the hard work and achievements of the hospitality industry across the state of NSW, and those who’ve dedicated their careers to their colleagues and customers.

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room was very excited to be nominated as a finalist in two categories: Best Promotional Concept (Oyster Festival 2015) and Best Restaurant City. As well as our Operations Manager Jeffrey John, being named as one of the 13 finalists in the Rising Star category.

Safe to say, it was tough competition! Across both categories we were up against incredible venues such as Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, Coogee Bay Hotel, The Dolphin Hotel and Bellevue Dining. All finalists were worthy of winning their respective category, so it was an amazing honour to hear our venues name being announced as the winner of the Best Promotional Concept for our Oyster Festival 2015 concept.

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Winners – AHA Best Promotional Concept 2016
From L-R: Jeffrey John, James Wicks, Genevieve Holloway, Mikaila Faber, Erin Carroll
Photo Credit: AHA NSW

We would like to thank the board of AHA NSW and STAR casino for a wonderful evening, with a special mention of recognition to our sister venue Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel for winning Best Social Media Activity and Hotel of the Year City, and our brother venue Northies Cronulla Hotel for a highly commended for Best Sports Bar.

The full photo gallery from the evening can be found here.

Wine Of The Month

The Grape Escape – Wine of the Month

It should come as no surprise that here at The Morrison we have a serious obsession with wine, with over 130 different bottles of the good stuff on our current wine list sourced from makers all over the world, we consider ourselves very lucky…

Every day we have the privilege of recommending these incredible wines to our customers, offering an insight to the history of the maker, the vineyard, and not only the flavour profile – but also food matches for the ultimate umami escapism.

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Introducing our Wine of the Month, the 2011 Tyrrell’s STEVENS Single Vineyard Hunter Semillon. An award winning vintage thanks to our good friends the Tyrrell’s family and their infamous friendly “handshake” deal with Neil Stevens, the owner of Stevens Glenoak Vineyard.

Using grapes picked in late January 2011 and bottled almost 5 months later, the Stevens is a beautiful example of a semi mature Hunter Semillon and understandably an icon of the Tyrrell’s single vineyard portfolio.

The nose shows fresh citrus and floral characters, with only a hint of toasty bottle age development.

The palate is dominated by zesty lime, with a mineral edge and softened acidity and structure.

A glass of this elegant drop can be enjoyed all year round, but as we move into the summer season, we recommend treating yourself to a dozen freshly shucked oysters.

The love affair between citrus profiled wines and oysters is stronger than ever when it comes to a wine like this.

Take for example a fresh rock oyster, with its salty, mineral tones – the Semillon’s lemon and lime zing, hints of tropical fruits, and textural acidic finish, compliments the oysters flavour perfectly. Add a squeeze of lemon, or a dash of mignonette and you’ll find yourself ordering another round!

Tyrrell’s Stevens Single Vineyard Semillon is available by the glass ($17) and bottle ($78)

We’ll see you at the bar!