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Crab Carnival 2017 Media Night

If you haven’t already heard, a carnival dedicated to our favourite crustacean is back for its fourth year!
The annual Morrison Crab Carnival showcased its hero food and beverages at its Media Launch on Tuesday 14th March to selection of the cities coolest kids, foodies and one or two crab virgins!

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Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly and his team whipped up an array of delightful crabby canapes: Crab & Mayo filled Doughnut Holes – with sweet shredded blue swimmer meat and a sprinkle of Japanese kelp pepper. Dressed Spanner Crab Remoulade Tacos – with celeriac, chives, creme fraiche & a hint of lemon zest. Mini Open Crab Pies with short crust pastry, king crab meat, smoked cod and buttered leeks.

Guests sipped on a selection of delicious crabby friendly drinks, hero’s this year being the When Crabby Met Mary cocktail and Crab-Apple Sangria, as well as the James Squire “The Chancer” and Oakridge ‘Over the Shoulder’ Chardonnay keeping our crittery curious friends well-watered!

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As the night kicked on in a crab-ulous manner, Sean Connolly presented his Typhoon Shelter Muddy dish – crispy fried whole mud crabs, with chili, blackbean, garlic, fresh coriander and shallots. Accompanied by King Crab Mac & Cheese and steamed Chinese greens drizzled in a luxurious crabby chili oil, tables were heaving under the glorious weight of a feast fit for the ultimate seafood fanatics!

Special guest Frank Theodore from De Costi Seafood passionately talked the room through the different types of crabs on the Crab Carnival menu, explaining the importance of how and where we source our crabs from – such as using traps (as opposed to trawling) and sourcing male crabs of some species.

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A scrumptious dessert of Cherry Sorbet & Coconut Sago with crushed pistachios rounded off the evening, the subtle sweetness of the sorbet with a tropical cream base was the perfect way to end an incredible meal.

Crab Carnival runs for 28 days – Monday 20th March to Sunday 16th April 2017
Don’t miss out – Book your place at our table today!

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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.

 

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!

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!

Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

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While we’re on the Oyster Festival rollercoaster we thought it would be a fun to share one of our most popular dishes – the Oyster Rockefeller. Once considered a luxury, the humble oyster is widely enjoyed across the country in restaurants, served by the dozen on trays lined with crushed ice and rock salt. Or bought directly from the fish market so oyster lovers can enjoy these mollusc morsels at home, entertaining dinner party guests with their shucking skills while sipping on a glass of Champagne.

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We encourage everyone to have a go at preparing oysters at home, there is nothing more satisfying than shucking your own fresh oyster, creating a zingy mignonette and serving on a bed of ice with lemon wedges. Some oyster enthusiasts prefer to eat theirs au naturale, savouring the delicate meat, taking note of the complex mineral tones and the salty liquor. But if you’re new to the oyster craze, or simply want to try something deliciously different, look no further than our Oysters Rockefeller

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Although the original recipe a closely guarded secret by the restaurant Antoine’s in New Orleans named after the richness of the sauce, here at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room we’ve created our own version of this delightful dish and would love to share it with you to try at home.

INGREDIENTS:

2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
1 bunch watercress, bottoms removed from stalks
1/2 bunch Chinese shallots, chopped
1 clove of garlic
180g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 splash of Pernod
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
1 teaspoon hot sauce – Tabasco

24 fresh oysters, shucked, shells reserved
100g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

250g packet of rock salt

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 250°C, as high possible. 
In a food processor place the spinach, shallots, garlic and watercress.
Pulse the processor until all ingredients are finely chopped.
Throw in breadcrumbs, ground fennel, butter, Pernod and hot sauce.
Process and pulse until mixtures are blended and season the mix to taste.  

Sprinkle rock salt over a large baking sheet and arrange the shucked oysters on the salt. Carefully spoon the dressing over the oysters. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan and bake until golden brown on top.

Serve on a bed of salt with lemon wedges to taste!

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Looking to pair your Rockefeller with the perfect wine? Our in-house sommelier recommends a young chardonnay, not overly oaky but with a light balance of fruit and acidity to balance the parmesan crumb and chilli notes. Try the Shaw + Smith Chardonnay.

Get Social! Share a snap of your Rockefeller on Instagram to @themorrisonsydney using the tag #oysterfestival2016 to win a $50 bar tab!

International Burger Day

 

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To burger, or not to burger?

As International Burger Day approaches, burger lovers across the globe salivate in anticipation at the thought of the ultimate cheat day feast. Burgers are the ultimate comfort food, a meal or a snack, any time of the year, eat in or takeaway, drinking a cold beer while watching the game. There’s no shortage of ways we burger enthusiasts love to enjoy our favourite food, but there’s no doubt that there is only one formula to create the best burger.
What makes a perfect burger you ask? We’ve broken down the 4 elements that when combined, are a burger lovers delight, using our Suckling Pig burger as an example:
1. THE BUN
There’s no doubt about it, the perfect burger starts with the bun! We don’t say Check Out Our Buns down in Parlour for nothing! A demi-brioche to be exact, the dough is made up of 2 parts buttery brioche and 1 part Turkish bread, and with subtle yeasty notes, this is the perfect foundation to start any burger stack.

2. THE MEAT:
Any burger worth sinking your chompers into should invest some serious flavour thoughts into the meat. Whether it’s dry-aged beef, succulent fried chicken or beer battered fish – it’s make or break if you ain’t got the goods!
For our Suckling Pig burger, we take cuts of suckling pig and carefully shred the meat. This is joined by slow cooked and shredded pork belly. The two cuts of meat are lovingly mixed together with generous amounts of chopped parsley and seasoning. The patties are then dusted in a southern fried coating of cayenne and onion powder, then deep fried to perfection.
To compliment the succulent flavours of the pig, a creamy garlic aioli is piped on to continue the stack.
3. THE SALAD:
Each to their own, but nothing balances out a burger like crunchy, fresh lettuce, thick slices of beef tomato and homemade pickles (not to mention it adds to your 5 a day!) – but for our suckling pig burger, we dial up the taste levels by adding our famous cabbage slaw. Finely sliced Chinese cabbage and red onion, tossed through a fresh and zingy chardonnay vinaigrette dressing, flaked sea salt and chives. Piled on top of the pig patty stack and then smothered in finely grated mountain of salty, pecorino cheese.
4. THE BREW
What to wash it all down with you ask? Why not try one of our incredible craft beers, honestly brewed by independent brewers around the country using the best quality wheat, hops and malt. To accompany our little piggy we recommend the Stone & Wood Pacific Ale from the boys in Byron Bay. Cloudy, golden in colour, full flavoured with crisp tropical fruit aromas.

In our dedicated burger bar, Parlour burger – we offer 6 delicious burgers created by chef Sean Connolly, as well as duck fat chips, battered onion rings, pickles and an iceberg wedge salad.