There is one serious problem I’ve noticed when dining out in the Margaret River wine region and this was particularly an issue when I visited Morries Anytime restaurant in Margaret River town. The menu’s are just so darn delectable that you want to order like crazy and quite simply the tables are WAYY too small! I can’t help it, I become very greedy when it comes to tapas and small plates – I want a piece of everything!
Morries Anytime has what I would call a hipster decor. Think recycled furniture (old leather sofas, mismatched arty lounging chairs), naked light bulbs, menus on blackboards & clipboards and an overall raw industrial finish. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner – as the name implies.
I was kindly invited to Morries Anytime for dinner on my most recent trip to the Margaret River wine region. The dinner menu consists of large plates and also tapas. I love tapas so Mr. Spittoon and I decided to go for an assortment of tapas while we sat back and enjoyed a few of Morries bespoke cocktails which I had heard were amazing!
It was a tough choice choosing a cocktail as they all sounded great and to be honest the wine list looked fantastic as did the selection of craft beers. I ended up going for the Rubicon (wild flaming rosemary is extinguished with hendricks gin, fresh lemon juice and a dash of maraschino liqueur )for $18. It went down a treat, super refreshing. Mr. Spittoon went for the Rum Boat Float (lime juice & passion fruit shaken vigorously with chairmans reserve spiced rum & a dash of maraschino liqueur strained over crushed ice) for $17, he suitably enjoyed it as it was gone within a blink of the eye.
We actually enjoyed the first round of cocktails so much that we couldn’t say no to another one each. I went for the Duck Duck Melon (watermelon is pressed with fat washed 1800 anejo, berry farm hazelnut, lime and a dash of chili syrup) for $18, I really loved the piece of bacon in the watermelon slice as a garnish. Mr. Spittoon went for the Basil Smash (sip smith gin, st. germain elderflower liqueur, some sugar and lots of basil all smashed together) for $16. The Basil Smash was a lot like the Duck Duck Melon, super refreshing and great for the palate if you have perhaps wine-ed yourself out in the Margaret River wine region (which is easy to do!). My favourite had to be the Rubicon, which brings me to the disappointing part of the night – in the mess of taking photos, eating and chatting wildly with my hands I spilt it everywhere. Major fail. However big ups to the Morries staff who cleaned it up in no time and didn’t make me feel like a complete idiot for my major clumsiness!
So enough about the drinks, what did we eat???
- Morries house made chorizo mix, tomato & pepper fondue, chickpeas, parsley,
lemon – $9.50
- Wagyu burger, bacon, swiss cheese, tomato ,mixed leaves, cold smoked tomato
relish – $11
- Pork belly burger, salted cucumber, pickled wombok, japanese mayo, coriander – $12
- Yallingup woodfired bread, Morries dukkah, olio bello olive oil – $7.50
- Green beans, blue cheese, candied walnuts, fresh herbs – $8.50
The beans were simply a side on the large plates menu and they were insanely good, they looked amazingly fresh and that blue cheese and candied walnuts worked amazingly together. My other favourites had to be both the burgers – DIVINE!! From the bread to the filling, everything was amazing and the kitchen cut the burgers in half for us which was such a cute touch! The menu has also a lot of gluten-free and vegetarian options which is great to see.
I thought it couldn’t get any better, that was until the dessert tasting plate came out. OMG – it was amazing, the picture really does tell a thousand words. For $31 it included; a caramel parfait with salted peanuts, caramel and chocolate cream + a baked lemon & mulberry tart with poached rhubarb and raspberry sorbet and a coconut pannacotta dressed with pineapple carpaccio and coconut sorbet. What a finale!
I had a spendid time at Morries Anytime, I feel like I only got a small taste this visit and I really can’t wait to go back to try the large plates dinner menu, the lunch menu and the breakfast menu (so greedy!). Plus I really want another Duck Duck Melon to actually drink and not feed to the table this time.
If you’re planning a trip to the Margaret River Wine Region, make sure to check out the accommodation, wine tour & attraction ideas on margaretriver.com, email [email protected] or call (08) 9780 5911