Morris Jones

While researching on what to eat along Chapel Street during our Melbourne vacation, I chanced upon Morris Jones, which seemed an excellent deal with its 4 course dinner at AUD 89. From their website, the extensive menu is classified into 4 categories- From the Garden, From the Sea, From the Land and Sweet World. However, upon arrival, we were informed it’s not possible to mix and match as the restaurant sets a fixed 4 course set daily. Dang! That was not good as Mom doesn’t eat beef or pork,  and we didn’t like combination of the day, hence we ordered a la carte instead.

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Morris Jones Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is located in a 1887 heritage warehouse building, complete with a garden courtyard. The restaurant serves contemporary Australian cuisine which we felt both creative and refined.

To whet our appetites, we started the evening with Zucchini Flowers (AUD 18.50) with a pitter patter of cous cous and marinated tomatoes. Bite into the flowers and discover smoked goats cheese embedded within. What a delightful and engaging starter!

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Mum’s swimmingly fresh Wild Barramundi (AUD 28) had an addictive crisps skin and was enhanced with black garlic, variations of cauliflower and Yuzu juice.

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Hubby’s hearty O’Connors Fillet (AUD 39 for 250g), spruced up with red wine sauce and celeriac remoulade. The steak is grilled over wood, which gives it a lovely smoky char. Each tender piece of meat is delicious even without the sauce. Not a fan of red wine sauce? Go for the lobster butter!

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My Gippsland Duck Breast (AUD 34) was disappointing. The flesh was too tough. The spinach puree, cherries and corn puffs were boring companionments that failed to jazz up the dish.

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We ordered a side dish to share. Generously slathered with burnt butter, The New Season Asparagus ($9.50) was absolutely heavenly.  The first time I tried white asparagus was in  Jaan, award-winning French restaurant, and was captivated by its delicate flavour. I was understandable stoked to savour it again at such an affordable price

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What we tried were mostly pleasant, but fell short of stellar, hence we moved to somewhere else for dessert.

Morris Jones
163 Chapel Street
Windsor
Tel: 03 9533 2055
Website

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