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 Camembert with Piccalilli & Melba Toast 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

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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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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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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!

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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

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.