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.

 

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

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! 

Meet Our Oyster Farmers!

John and Ben Ralston are 5th generation oyster farmers from Ralston Bros Oyster on the Clyde river in Batemans Bay – 4 hours south of Sydney. The Ralston family has over 140 years of oyster farming history and the boys have been taking boats out in the river since they could walk. “I remember dad giving me my first row boat and telling me I was only allowed to stay out the front of his shed. I would always sneak down the river only to be towed back to the shed by another passing oyster farmer “ – Ben Ralston

The Ralston Bros business has come a long way and we are lucky enough to be the first restaurant in Sydney to be buying both brands the Le Petit Waterfall Oyster and The Waterfall
Oyster. The Ralston brothers finish their oysters in a special ways to achieve an amazing flavour. The method used to finish their oysters is a family secret and we couldn’t sweet talk the brothers enough into spilling the beans. So you will have to come and try them for yourself! Ralston Bros Waterfall Oysters are finished in the freshest oceanic water that comes into the Clyde River giving a fresh crisp taste. And The Le Petit Waterfall Oysters are finished in the river where the fresh Clyde Mountain water mixes with the oceanic salt water to give a sweet creamy flavour.The Brothers have shown us their amazing family history and their brand shines through the Ralston Bros Oysters logo. This is a photo the boys took of their father driving down the river.

Sean Connolly’s Cajun and Creole Magic Chef’s Table Dinner

Crave Sydney Food Festival

“Craveing a little Halloween  fun?

Join Chef Sean Connolly on Wednesday 31st October as he casts his spooky spell over The Morrison’s cauldron; making Cajun and creole flavours the centrepiece of his spiritual dining experience for this years Sydney Crave festival.

4 courses + selected wine. Get your ticket quick from libby@themorrison.com.au or call 9247 6744 to book. Tickets selling fast at $120 (with wine and bubbles).

Join us for a night of food & wine matching!

With Guy Griffin and Peter Bourne. Tastes by Sean Connolly

Food and Wine Crave Event

With Guy Griffin and Peter Bourne. Tastes by Sean Connolly

Partnering food and wine is much more than white wine with fish, red wine with red meat. Too often food-and-wine matching is pitched as a black art, shrouded in magic and mystique. In reality, it’s all about taste – and everyone has highly individual tastes.

As part of Crave Sydney International Food Festival presented by Citibank, join the(sydney)magazine’s restaurant critic, Guy Griffin, and Peter Bourne, The Wine Man, to explore pairings such as red wine with fish and pork with chardonnay.

Taste 10 wines selected by Peter Bourne to both complement and challenge a swathe of exquisite tastes from The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room’s acclaimed chef, Sean Connolly (ex-Astral, Star City). It’s not a case of right or wrong but of discovering how much fun matching food and wine can be!

 

When Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
Where The Morrison, 225 George Street, city.
Time 6.30pm to 9pm.
Cost $95. Bookings 9247 6744.

 

 

“Get Shucked”, Sydney Bar Week Opening Gala Event

Bar Week Opening Gala Event Dinner

Bar Week Opening Gala Event at the Morrison Bar and Oyster Room

Enjoy some New York style brasserie hospitality from fresh oysters, live jazz and classic bespoke cocktails kindly provided by ABSOLUT ELYX, Jameson Irish Whiskey & Chivas Regal.

Hosted by Bar Week founder David Spanton & our very own celebrity Chef Sean Connolly.

WHERE:  Under the stars of the The Morrison Bar and Oytser Rooms “Conservatory”
WHEN: Saturday 22nd September, 6.30pm start
DRESS: Cocktails
TICKETS: $60 per person. Get your tickets before they sell out. Click Here
WHAT:  Join us for a  2 course meal + Oysters, Wine and Cocktails and some live jazz