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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
What we tried were mostly pleasant, but fell short of stellar, hence we moved to somewhere else for dessert.
163 Chapel Street
Tel: 03 9533 2055