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!

Espresso Yourself!

Perk Up Sonny!

Depresso: The feeling you get when you run out of coffee…

If that’s the case, then do not fear! The Morrison Bar has an exciting new promotion that will not only awaken the senses, but it will also save you some beans. Last week we launched Espresso Yourself – from 8.30pm every night of the week, punters can re-caffeinate with delicious Espresso Martini’s for only $12 a pop!

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Our cocktail spec is simple: a measure of vodka, Kahlua, Single Origin espresso shot and scrumptious vanilla & cinnamon sugar

Method: add ingredients to a boston, then shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

The result: a creamy, roasted, aromatic blend with a sweetly spiced finish!

The Morrison promotes the Responsible Service of Alcohol.
This promotion is only available in Main Bar.

NYE 2016: The Clock Struck Twelve

 

The pressure of finalising your New Year’s resolutions causing you stress?!

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Let’s be honest, the diet can wait until Monday, Italian is much harder to learn than you thought and spring cleaning your wardrobe is overrated (denim overalls are cool again, right?)

Well save yourself the headache and book in at The Morrison for the ultimate NYE celebration!

Nestled in the heart of the city just a stone’s throw from Circular Quay, at The Morrison we know how to ring in the New Year in style, with two crowd pleasing options for  you and your favourite people to choose from:

$99 Canape & beverage package (7-10pm)* OR $99 3-course Feast dinner with Champagne (5pm and 9pm)**

Featuring live DJ’s from 7pm to get the party pumping and auld lang singing!

Tickets are limited, so book now and don’t miss out: bit.ly/TheMorrisonNYE

*Guests are welcome to leave to watch the midnight fireworks and re-enter the venue free of charge.

** Groups of two booking 3-course feast will receive one communal dish to share

Election Day @ The Morrison – Live 9.11.16

We’ve gone All American!

The world has waited patiently for one of the most highly anticipated days in American politics, we’ve opened our doors to the general public and welcomed with open arms a melting pot of ex-pats, Aussies and burger lovers alike!

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Buckets of Coors cans and Blue Moon bottles are flying cross the bar, as are rounds of Bloody Mary’s (at only $10 a pop!)

In terms of food we aren’t holding back – It’s a close race between the Chilli Dog and the Fat Boy Burger as the favourites, both available with slaw and chips.

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Live election updates broadcasted throughout the day!

We hope to see you soon!

Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

The Most Wonderful Time Of Year

Every year, somewhere in between a mini-break to Bali and planning our Halloween costumes – we start the inevitable countdown to Christmas. Whether you’re ready for it or not, your local supermarket is playing Christmas carols on a loop and you find yourself stock piling boxes of Roses chocolates just in case Aunty Jan and Uncle Lance drop in for a cuppa.

Here at The Morrison, we begin our Christmas planning in much the same way (albeit minus the impulse purchases and panic attacks at the sight of giant candy canes). We like to keep our Christmas simple using an old fashioned recipe of good food, good wine and great company!

It starts with a POP! Kick off your celebration, big or small, with a glass of bubbly! Preferably something French such as Piper-Heidsieck Brut, the perfect aperitif said to taste like the stars…

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Many Oysters make much love… We say it a lot, and we seriously mean it! These mollusc morsels are delicious all year round, harvested from around the beautiful coastlines of Australia and freshly shucked before arriving at the table. The festive season is no exception, our oysters are served au natural in the shell and pair perfectly with a glass of Piper…

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A Feast for a King! It’s no secret by the end of the year we deserve a treat and that means a break from the kitchen! Gather your favourite colleagues or friends and book a Feast Menu at The Morrison. For only $75 pp you will be treated to a generous 4-course meal, complete with Steak Tartare, Crab Tacos & Oysters, slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with our infamous Duck Fat Chips. Add a bottle (or two) of wine, share your best Dad-joke with the table and your Christmas is complete!

Sign off with a Snowball… It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tipple of brandy, we mix Hennessy VS with maple syrup, vanilla & cinnamon sugar, lemon juice and egg white – the result is a creamy sweet punch with hints of your Nana’s Christmas pudding. Warm and gently spiced, the ultimate way to end your night!

Book your Christmas Feast with us today! 

Vacay Your Way!

**ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED**

Ladies and gentlemen, may we have your attention please!

Our Executive Chef Sean Connolly is giving you the opportunity to vacay your way and go into the draw to win the ultimate Byron Bay weekend, or a super chic Sydney staycation!

You’ve got to be in it to win, so get clicking. Share the competition with you friends on social media, and you’ll score extra entries.

Here is what’s up for grabs – get clicking!

After parties are the best parties

Melbourne Cup After Party 2016

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The race that stops the nation is right around the corner, and while we love a long lunch.. the after party is where it’s at!

Here are a few reasons why our after party is worth sticking around for: RSVP right here 

Dance up a storm! Whether you’ve been indulging in a long lunch, or cooped up the office all day – we invite you do kick up those heels and show us your best dance moves. With live DJ’s from 4pm, be sure to have your most comfortable shoes on the day!

Pop goes the Piper! To keep the good times flowing, from 4pm we have $50 bottles of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne on offer. This deal is too good to be true and while stocks last, so get in quick!

Late Night Nibbles! It wouldn’t be a party without food, our kitchen will be open and serving delicious food until late. A limited menu featuring freshly shucked oysters, crab tacos and Fish & Chips to name a few…mc_afterparty

It’s swine and brine at The Morrison this October

PigFish at The Morrison

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If you haven’t been living in a sea cave for the past few weeks, or indeed at the bottom of a trough, then you’ll know all about our PigFish menu!

Our Culinary Director Sean Connolly has crafted a bespoke menu that celebrates the perfect, symbiotic relationship between fish and bacon. We thought we’d share some of the dishes that have had us wriggling with excitement from our noses to our scales this month

Kingfish Bourgiugnon – The ultimate feast for two! This dish features the entire kingfish tail, oven baked in olive oil and served with a traditional bourgiugnon sauce (thick cut bacon, onion, mushrooms and red wine jus. Add a serve of mash or some fresh sourdough to mop up all the juices, and you’re onto a serious winner.

Wings n Tails – Not for the faint of heart, but a deliciously rewarding dish for the culinary curious. A fishermans basket like no other, sashimi grade snapper wings are southern fried, whilst pigs tails are slow cooked and then fried in panko crumbs. Lash a generous dollop of our house made salsa verde over the top for maximum lip smacking satisfaction.

Our Jarbonara – Carb lovers, listen up. We take house made pasta, guianciale (crispy fried pig cheek) with egg yolks, olive oil and creme fraiche… pile it into a jar and shake it up for you, at the table. Finely grated parmesan and salmon roe are draped over the top, ready for you to slurp your way to PigFish heaven.

PigFish is available until October 31st, be sure to snap up these dishes before they disappear.. because everything tastes better with bacon!

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