I read Foodie Craving’s review a while back and wondered – why go anywhere else but vineyards for lunch? However, her review was very positive so I thought I should give it a try. We decided to book Morries for a Monday dinner – when most restaurants weren’t open (especially during winter). They were very accommodating – giving us a 7.30pm slot when they normally have fixed seatings at 6pm and 8pm.
What a good decision. We enjoyed Morries Anytime through and through! (and you can tell from the sheer amount of food we consumed.) Both Dexian and Jay really loved it because it was hearty yet creative enough to satisfy the ladies. The atmosphere was also a lot more fun than the usual stiffer atmosphere you would get in a classy vineyard restaurant.
The pregnant ladies decided we had enough to drink on the trip, so we had the bartender make us something fruity and refreshing! He came back with a mocktail with mint and passionfruit flavour. It was wonderful. I don’t know how much we paid for it but I am guessing it was around $10.
What is a tapas meal without some chorizo? The local pork chorizo, lemon, parsley ($9.50) were pan fried simply, showcasing the quality of its meat. The chorizo must be home made – its a lot more crumbly than usual. Yay for homemade! Guys at Morries, I would use some of the Pedro Ximenez you have on the menu to caramelise the chorizo. It adds so much to it!
I must have been shaking in hunger and/or delight. haha. Sorry for the poor photo of the Master stock Pork belly, Thai caramel, Coriander, Lime ($10.50). These caramelised pork belly were the bomb – lots of fatty pieces which I LOVE. It is sweet – in a thai sweet chilli sauce sort of way but more charred so its not boring. The meat itself wasn’t all soft and tender but it was still very tasty.
Another Asian inspired Tapa Panko crumbed Exmouth King prawns, Japanese Mayo, Lime ($13) - Fresh juicy prawns coated in a light Japanese crumb casing, deep fried and eaten with Japanese mayonnaise – which just tastes so deliciously different and I cannot tell why. This was cause for research and I thought this was pretty useful.
The special of the day was the Five spiced squid ($10) - everyone loves a good crunchy juicy squid dish. The chutney on the side added body to the light flavours on the squid.
This is the top dish of the night: Wild Mushroom and freekah risotto, goats curd yoghurt, parmesan, parsley, truffle oil ($28). It was fabulous – I don’t think I have ever had risotto like this. For one, it was textured! Yes, it had a fibrous ..and almost roughness to it. It was full of flavour from the mushrooms (which I love) – chanterelles, button, I am not sure what else. The goat curd yoghurt creamed things up and softened the flavour at the end. Wonderful.
It seems Lynette and Dexian are fans of terrines and rillettes; they picked the rabbit and pistachio terrine, pear chutney, baby cress salad, pistachio powder, fig vincotto ($12.50). The terrine was very lean and the bread served with was crusty and buttery mmm.
We were meated out from the previous days, so it was great to finally have a fiber rich dish of roasted baby beets, pine nuts, feta (omitted) and rocket salad, balsamic dressing ($8.50). Lynette mmm-ed as she crunched down on the beetroot and chickpeas. Its a salad that doesn’t make you feel like you’re really being healthy.
The Farm house lamb rump, cumin spiced pumpkin puree, spinach, roasted baby beetroot, feta, lamb jus ($35) was so tender and juicy despite us asking for it to be medium well done. The pumpkin puree had an Indian flavour to it….but we could not quite put a finger on it. Perhaps it was mustard seeds? The wilted spinach was really tasty from the meaty jus. Yum.
We hadn’t had enough so we decided – 1 last item that was on special: Arrancini oozing with Fontina cheese. Its crisp crumb casing gave way to hot sticky risotto and surprises of fontina. I am drooling thinking about it.
We shared dessert. Guess who chose the Chocolate brulee, cherry and hazelnut financier, hazelnut ice cream ($12.50)? You can never have too much chocolate while pregnant. Jay has been confiscating the chocolates now that he’s been coming home to half eaten family bars. Haha. The chocolate brulee was rich and smooth – yet I could go on eating another one of these, no problems. It was lovely paired with syrupy cherries and hazelnut ice cream.
The five spiced pannacotta, pineapple carpaccio, kaffir lime syrup, coconut sorbet ($12) was well chosen. I really liked the asian twist on this Italian dessert – the fragrant tangy syrup, the sorbet dissolves instantly on your tongue, the panna cotta remained very much like a creamy panna cotta despite the apparent 5 spice! I liked the way they made it though – it disintegrated on my tongue nearly immediately.
Will we return? Hell yes!