It’s officially that time of year where we all start either planning a trip overseas, or lusting over the amazing trips that our besties have planned (seriously—how dare they leave us?). Well The Morrison Oyster Room & Bar is a little slice of classic New York City charm in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, and it’s the perfect place to head with all of your mates—no really, they have the room—for a few cheeky cocktails and a delicious feed that’ll put any other American food to shame.
Once the old Brooklyn Hotel (and the location of many a long Saturday night), the space has been completely refurbished, inspired by the old style brasseries’ of New York. The décor is eclectic, with the front room all high ceilings, mosaic-tiled tables and industrial pendant lights; while out back you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed beams, cosy booths and long tables. Basically the entire space just oozes NYC charm, and we love it.
So while we have you, we thought we’d go ahead and plan your Saturday night for you (we’re kind like that). Because while you can’t really do The Morrison wrong, there’s definitely a right way and this is it.
You’ll walk in with all of your closest mates in tow and head straight for the long table that you’ve reserved out back (‘cause you’re fancy), before turning your very focussed attention on the cocktail list. Here you’ll find some of your new favourites, like the Ferrero Rocher, a seriously decadent blend of Belvedere Vodka, chocolate liqueur and Nutella with hazelnut garnish, because when all else fails, chocolate will always be there for you. Alternatively, you can keep it classy with the Espresso Martini or Moscow Mule (flavoured with fresh zing and ginger fizz and spiked with Ketel One and a dash of bitters).
Now onto the food! The menu has been designed by Culinary Director Sean Connolly, with seasonality in mind and the motto “everything tastes better on the bone and in the shell”, which should tell you what’s to come. Head straight for the chicken lollipops (southern fried chicken, chilli & molasses dip), you won’t be disappointed. Then follow it up with the slow cooked beef short ribs, which are fall of the bone tender and slathered in a red chimuchurri sauce. Alternatively, you can just head straight for the set menus, of which there are four, and all of them involve duck fat chips, so it’s basically a no brainer.
By this time, you’ll be sufficiently stuffed, but since The Morrison is known for their love of seafood and in particular, oysters (and because it’s just too much damn work to prepare oysters at home) you should order an oyster or two to end. It’d be rude not to, right?
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