Tax Return x 2017

Top 5 Frivolous Things to Spend with your Tax Return

It’s the end of the financial year, and while we’ve been focused on how to convince businesses to spend their money (EOFY party anyone?!) we thought it’s high time we get real and think about what really matters when it comes to spending those extra pennies…

Rent a super-yacht for a day; nothing says practicality and adult responsibility like a 40ft yacht for you and 20 – 30 of your closest mates, cruising Sydney Harbour with a bottomless glass of rosé in hand.

Treat yo’self to a Glamburger: AKA the world’s most expensive hamburger from Honky Tonk, Chelsea (London); It boasts wagyu beef, NZ venison and served with a Canadian lobster poached in Iranian saffron. Then topped with maple syrup coated streaky bacon, Beluga caviar and a hickory smoked duck egg intricately covered in edible gold leaf. Costing a mere $2,105 it would be rude not to?

RELAX: with a luxurious spa day experience el solo, or with your significant other. Exfoliate the dead skin cells and work related stress away! The Gold and Champagne package at The Langham will set you back a cool $700, but you’ll come out smelling like a beautiful rose.

Get tech-crafty and buy yourself a 3D printer: surprisingly affordable (prices start at $200) with free templates available to download off the internet, fill your house with random stuff and become the ultimate gift giver (T-Rex shower head for all)

Stay fully charged: Buy 4-6 phone chargers and plug one in every room of the house, car and hidden in your work desk and never have to turn on “power saving mode” again.

Alternatively, instead of all that nonsense – book a table to drink and dine in style at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room – a dozen freshly shucked oysters and a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck is considered a rich mans breakfast, and our version of high tea.

Mother, Mum, Mama

Mum’s the Word!

We shouldn’t need an allocated day of the year to pay tribute to this lady, after all, she’s the main reason you know that eating carrots will make you see in the dark, sitting too close to the TV screen will make your eyes square, and that you should always separate your whites and colours…

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we at The Morrison thought it would be nice to spread the warm fuzzy feels and a couple of our staff have kindly shared their favourite childhood memories of their mums (awww, too cute!)

Charlotte Brandolini (Front of House + Chef)

“I come from a family of 5 kids, so it’s safe to say that we were fighting for mums attention all the time. To her credit, my mum would do her utmost to make sure we all got individual love and time with her. She use to take me with her grocery shopping on Thursday nights – it was this really special thing for just me and her and I absolutely cherished it. We would get hot chocolates afterwards and I felt like such a grown up. It’s really funny to think now how important these nights out where for me.”

Juan Carlos (Kitchen Manager)

“There’s no other way to say it, my Mother raised 3 little beasts. As young children and as teenagers, my little brother (idiot Oscar) and I were the worst, we were two savages always fighting and my Mother would have to suffer through the blood, tears and jealousy! But, she is the greatest lady, with a beautiful, strong character.”

Erin Carroll (Marketing)

“Time & patience – ask anyone who knows her, my mum has these two wonderful qualities for which I consider myself to be very lucky. The youngest of two, I was incredibly spoilt and nurtured as a child – my curiosity and vivaciousness encouraged. From sitting in on 15 years of Irish dancing classes, to helping me hand sew sequins onto dresses for uni projects, my mum has supported me through everything I’ve done. There’s something very calming about her personality that keeps you very grounded and safe.”

This Mother’s Day we’re treating the no.1 lady in your life to lunch or dinner! Simply book a table  at The Morrison for Sunday 14th May and Mum will receive a glass of bubbly and her meal on us!*

*T&C’s: One Mum per table. Bookings essential to receive this promotion.

For the Love of Wine

Wine Anyone?

See our Wine Journal – curated by Master of Wine Ned Goodwin

Australia’s love affair with wine is rich in history, its roots as deep as the late 1700’s with the introduction of vine cuttings by the Governor Phillip on the First Fleet in 1788. Now the fourth largest international exporter of wine, Australia has fast become a leader in producing award winning wines. Although built on a foundation of traditional “old world” wine-making, today many of our wine makers have a reputation for creating new trends in the industry – words such as “ethical”, “bio-dynamic”, “alternative varieties” trending hot in the cellar door.

Australia Wine Month across the month of May is the celebration of the above – playing host to hundreds of events throughout the country with our wine makers taking centre stage at the table.

To celebrate this, we’ve decided to name our Top 3 influencers of Australian wine:

James Busby (1802 – 1871) known as “the father of wine”. Originally from Scotland, his family immigrated to New South Wales in 1824. Although some wine makers were successfully producing in Australia at the time, it was Busby’s return from France and Spain in 1833 that helped the industry lift its game. Busby introduced a serious selection of grape varieties, including most classic French grapes and a good selection of grapes for fortified wine production.

Max Schubert (1915 -1994) the creator of the Grange Hermitage (Penfolds) and a pioneer of Australian wine. Schubert was born to Lutheran parents in a German community on the fringes of the Barossa Valley and started working at Penfolds in the 1930’s as a messenger boy, dedicating his entire life to the company and the wine industry.

Bryan Martin of Clonakilla and Ravensworth wines. Making a name for himself with his organic approach to wine-making, “boutique stuff” sized production and a passion to produce food-ready wines. An accomplished cook, forager and writer on the aesthetics of the relationship between wine and food, Martin has become well respected and admired in the industry.

The Morrison will be showcasing a selection of our favourite Australian wine, with white and red wine flights available throughout the month and a special oven baked  Normandy Camembert with melba toast & fresh dates by Culinary Director chef Sean Connolly – the perfect accompaniment to a drop of vino!

Join us to celebrate the world-class wine produced in our own backyard and book a place at our table!

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History of Two-Up

Anzac Cookies, AC/DC + Two Pennies

Australia may be a young country, but it’s rich in culture and tradition – a nostalgic nod to the simple things in life and the commemoration of mateship during harder times.

This is never clearer than on ANZAC Day – known as the nation’s day of remembrance, where friends and family gather early in the morning to pay respect to the men and women who’ve served their country.

This is the day where the game two-up is legally allowed to be played – hotel pubs and bars across the country will clear some space in the room, and slowly but surely the excited sound of cheers and anticipation fills the air, someone will yell “Come in spinner!” and the clink of two pennies hitting the ground becomes a familiar sound of the day.

Thought to have originated from a game called Pitch & Toss (played with a single coin), two-up was played among the poorer English and Irish citizens in the 18th century, brought over by immigrants and convicts – spreading in popularity throughout the goldfields in the eastern colonies by the 1850’s. The game was played extensively by Australian soldiers during WWI and WWII from which came the tradition of it being played on Anzac Day.

Two-up famously was legalised in NSW and Victoria in the 1990’s, primarily being played in RSL’s and pubs on commemorative days such as Anzac Day. Queensland only legalised the game in 2012.

 The Morrison will be hosting two-up at its annual Anzac Day event on Tuesday 25th April – with doors opening from 8am, get in on the two-up action, a spin of the kip and good times all round!

Set to be a great day with a special Aussie themed menu, draught beer and classic Aussie rock – be sure to drop in and say hi! With a performance by the LLC Southern Cross pipe band, live DJ and a display of military vehicles for charity, there’ll be no shortage of fun to be had by all.

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Sip, Crack, Snap!

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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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.

> CITY OF SYDNEY CNY 2017 <

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!

>Book your place at our table on Australia Day<

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

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!