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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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.

 

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.

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!

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!

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